In the 2017 season, the Porsche Supercup celebrated a very special anniversary. The international One-Make-Series has been providing unadulterated racing action on the tarmac and delighting motorsport fans for exactly 25 years. There is a good reason the races have been staged as part of the support programme of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship for a quarter of a century.
But what caused such fascination with this racing series, which celebrated its début in 1993? The absolute equality of opportunity is the main reason why the Porsche Supercup is so incredibly thrilling. The smallest mistakes are immediately punished. This guarantees an action-packed race right through to the last corner. In this racing series, spirited new talent meets established professionals. It is the young drivers in particular who want to make their dream of a career as a professional racing driver a reality.
But it is, above all, the following facts from the past 25 years that have made the Porsche Supercup an influential racing series with a fantastic reputation:
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is now in its seventh generation, and with 485 hp in its anniversary season, it is the most powerful car in the history of the racing series. However, it is not only the vehicles, but also the tyres and fuel that are identical for all teams at the Porsche Supercup.
The racing drivers
To date, 17 drivers from nine nations have managed to win the Porsche Supercup championship title. The record winner is Dutchman Patrick Huisman, who won the title four times in succession between 1997 and 2000. In 2009, Jeroen Bleekemolen achieved the highest score of all time with 254 points in his second overall victory. The closest title decision was in 1997: after nine races, Patrick Huisman and German Oliver Mathai were in first place with 128 points. Huisman became the champion, as he managed to win two more races than Mathai.
The race tracks
The One-Make-Series has been held on a total of 21 race tracks around the globe. The Porsche Supercup made a guest appearance outside Europe for the first time at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in 1999. This was followed by appearances in Indianapolis, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Austin. Nineteen races have been staged by the international racing series outside Europe. In 2017, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup made its debut in Mexico City. Up to the start of the 2017 season, the Porsche Supercup had staged 258 races. As part of this, the One-Make-Series has been hosted in Monaco and Budapest every year since 1993.
The guest participants
A total of 217 VIP drivers have taken their place on the grid. Alongside 32 Formula-1 drivers, famous faces such as Patrick Dempsey, Sébastien Loeb and Thomas Muster have also competed. In his début year, Mika Häkkinen celebrated victories in both Monte Carlo and Budapest – a feat that no other VIP participant has been able to accomplish to date.