Dylan Pereira took the pole position in the first lap of the 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Super Cup season. At the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the Luxembourger of BWT Lechner Racing achieved the fastest qualifying lap at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, northern Italy. Pereira shares the front row of the grid with reigning champion Larry ten Voorde (Team GP Elite), 0.249 seconds away from poleman. BWT Lechner Racing teammate Pereira and fastest rookie Bastian Buus will tackle Sunday’s season opener from third and fourth positions, along with Porsche Junior driver Laurin Heinrich (SSR Huber Racing). The race starts at 12:05 just before the Emilia-Romagna Formula 1 Grand Prix.
“Of course, I didn’t push my first set of tires too hard and only set the third fastest time. On my second try, I took more risks, got my tires to the perfect temperature and did every pavement perfectly. », Dylan Pereira explained. Larry ten Voorde was also happy with his second position on the grid. “My second flying lap wasn’t as fast as I had hoped, but I start from the front row of the grid and from there anything is possible in the race.”said the Dutchman confidently.
The area with 33 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars set out to chase the best times in sunny weather. Five-time motorcycle world champion Jorge Lorenzo competes in the second auto race as a guest driver in VIP car 911.
“As a newcomer to the Super Cup, it’s too short to have only 30 minutes of track interrupted at one point. It hasn’t been a faultless run. »reported the Spaniard, who drove with an Italian racing license and thus made the country’s tricolor sport the 911 GT3 Cup.
In 1993, the Porsche Supercup celebrated its world debut at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit. Since then, little has changed in the legendary Emilia-Romagna hill circuit. The 4,909 kilometers of asphalt has 17 bends with rollercoaster rides that are somewhat unusual for modern Formula 1 tracks. After spectator restrictions related to the pandemic, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is competing in front of packed stands for the first time in two years. “It’s great to see so many spectators. The grassy grandstands on the hills add to the beautiful atmosphere of this tradition-filled circuit. The Autodromo is pretty ‘old-fashioned’ in other respects as well: if you get off the track, you end up on a bed of gravel rather than asphalt. The track is relatively fast and the extreme pavement jumps are great for fans.” presents a show »said poleman Dylan Pereira.
Former Super Cup champion Jörg Bergmeister “Driver’s Steward”
In 2001, German Jörg Bergmeister won the Porsche Supercup title. The current Porsche brand ambassador has won seven races on the way to the championship, including the season opener in Imola. This weekend, Jörg Bergmeister returns to Emilia-Romagna – in his one-off role of “Driver Commissioner” for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. In this position, he acts as an intermediary between the drivers and the race director in case of a contentious dispute on the track.
“I have fond memories of Imola: This circuit was tough but very fun. In 2001, I managed to run a perfect course in qualifying and was faster than anyone else. Winning the race was a great start to the season.”, remembers the German who, during his career, won victories in racing versions of the Porsche 911 at the 24-hour races of Le Mans (France), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and Daytona (United States). Bergmeister is familiar with the latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup from his work as a development driver. “The current 911 Cup is much more of a race car than the 2001 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.”, it excites. Technologies that are completely familiar today, such as paddle shifters on the steering wheel, were not known in the Super Cup 21 years ago: “Back then we had an H-shaped shift lever like on the 911.”
Final Qualification, Race 1, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Imola (I)
1, Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg/BWT Lechner Race), 1.42.741 minutes
2. Larry ten Voorde (Netherlands/Team GP Elite), +0.249 seconds
3. Bastian Buus (Denmark/BWT Lechner Racing), +0.305 seconds
4. Laurin Heinrich (Germany/SSR Huber Race), +0.456 seconds
5. Marvin Klein (France/CLRT), +0.460 seconds
6. Dorian Boccolacci (France / Martinet, Alméras), + 0.461 seconds