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The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup VIP car on the race track in Le Castellet, the caption reads "Follow the lines".


Round 5 in Le Castellet, France.

In 30 years of the Porsche Supercup, the series has always been about dynamic energy – whether that’s expressed in thrilling duels, or new race tracks on the calendar. This season it's the Circuit Paul Ricard: finally, we’re back on a French circuit!

The Porsche Supercup is not entirely new in France. From its first season in 1993 until 2008, the international one-make series raced at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. This season, for the first time, the action will take place 600 km further south – in Provence, at Le Castellet near Marseille, on the occasion of the Formula 1 Grand Prix de France 2022.

The sun-drenched circuit with its characteristic blue and red stripes first hosted an F1 Grand Prix back in 1971. Spread over a length of 5.842 km, there are 15 high, medium and low speed corners, making the circuit a popular test track. Since February 2001, the official name has been "Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track".

Detail of Circuit Paul Ricard with its characteristic blue and red stripes in a hilly landscape
With this season's premiere, the Circuit Paul Ricard joins a prestigious list of circuits worldwide that the Porsche Supercup has raced on in its 30-year history, at number 24. We’re curious to see how the drivers cope with the high-speed right-hand Signes corner, or the g force in the following Beausset corner, for example. Some of our drivers already know the course well from the Carrera Cup France. The reference time here with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup from qualifying 2021 is 2:03.457, driven by Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci, who competes in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup with the #19 for Martinet by Alméras.

I’m very happy to see the Porsche Supercup racing in France again, we’ve been waiting for it for a long time. Even more so on our home track. It will be a great show!

Philippe AlmérasTeam Principal Martinet by Alméras

In Le Castellet, 32 drivers will once again take to the grid. The 28 permanent drivers will be joined by four guest drivers: Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland participant #35 Ariel Levi (ISR/Huber Racing), Italian #29 Leonardo Caglioni (Ombra Racing) from the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia, and the two Australians #38 Aaron Love and #39 Stephen Grove, racing for Team Martinet by Alméras. Grove competed in the Porsche Supercup in 2018 and 2019.

A quick look at the standings: in an eventful 4th Round at Spielberg, #5 Dylan Pereira (LUX/BWT Lechner Racing) regained the overall championship lead and is now two points ahead of #3 Laurin Heinrich(DEU/SSR Huber Racing) and 13 points ahead of defending champion #25 Larry Ten Voorde (NLD/Team GP Elite). #7 Bastian Buus (DNK/BWT Lechner Racing) extended his lead in the Rookie Classification to 22 points with his podium finish at the Red Bull Ring. The ProAm Classification has a clear leader in #21 Roar Lindland (NOR/Pierre Martinet by Alméras). However, it’s only half-time, and nothing has been decided yet. We can’t wait for the 5th Round of the season, where the French teams will enjoy home advantage as well as their fans behind them.

Provisional Entry List* 5th Round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Le Castellet

1Huber Racing (AUT)Morris Schuring⁴ (NLD)
2Huber Racing (AUT)Rudy van Buren (NLD)
3SSR Huber Racing (DEU)Laurin Heinrich (DEU)
4SSR Huber Racing (DEU)Michael Ammermüller (DEU)
5BWT Lechner Racing (AUT)Dylan Pereira (LUX)
6BWT Lechner Racing (AUT)Harry King (GBR)
7BWT Lechner Racing (AUT)Bastian Buus⁴ (DNK)
8FACH AUTO TECH (CHE)Alexander Fach⁴ (CHE)
9FACH AUTO TECH (CHE)Lorcan Hanafin⁴ (GBR)
10FACH AUTO TECH (CHE)Jukka Honkavuori (FIN)
11CLRT (BEL)Clément Mateu⁵ (FRA)
12CLRT (BEL)Marvin Klein (FRA)
13CLRT (BEL)Florian Latorre² (FRA)
14Dinamic Motorsport SRL (ITA)Daniele Cazzaniga (ITA)
15Dinamic Motorsport SRL (ITA)Philipp Sager⁵ (AUT)
16Dinamic Motorsport SRL (ITA)Simone Iaquinta (ITA)
17Ombra S.R.L. (ITA)Loek Hartog⁴ (NLD)
18Ombra S.R.L. (ITA)Gianmarco Quaresmini (ITA)
19Martinet by Alméras (FRA)Dorian Boccolacci (FRA)
20Martinet by Alméras (FRA)Jaap van Lagen (NLD)
21Pierre Martinet by Alméras (FRA)Roar Lindland⁵ (NOR)
22Pierre Martinet by Alméras (FRA)Stéphane Denoual⁵ (FRA)
23Pierre Martinet by Alméras (FRA)Aaron Mason⁵ (GBR)
24Team GP Elite (NLD)Max van Splunteren (NLD)
25Team GP Elite (NLD)Larry ten Voorde (NLD)
26Team GP Elite (NLD)Jesse van Kuijk (NLD)
27GP Elite (NLD)Daan van Kuijk (NLD)
28GP Elite (NLD)Lucas Groeneveld (NLD)
29Ombra S.R.L. (ITA)Leonardo Caglioni³ (ITA)
35Huber Racing (AUT)Ariel Levi³ (ISR)
38Martinet by Alméras (FRA)Aaron Love³ (AUS)
39Martinet by Alméras (FRA)Stephen Grove³ (AUS)

*Subject to amendments.

¹ No Team Points ² No Driver Points ³ No Team or Driver Points ⁴ Rookie Classification ⁵ ProAm Classification ⁶ No Team or Driver Points or Prize Money

All sessions live on TV.

This weekend, motorsport fans around the world will once again get their money's worth. The Practice Session starts on Friday afternoon at 15:30 (CEST). Qualifying follows on Saturday at 11:10 (CEST) and when the main event starts at 11:45 (CEST) on Sunday lunchtime, the field of drivers in the 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will start towards Verriere-S for their 5th race of the season. The individual sessions can be seen live on TV depending on your country – check local information to find out how to watch where you are.

After France, the teams and drivers can breathe a sigh of relief as we take a break for just under a month, before meeting again in Belgium from 26-28 August for the 6th Round of the anniversary season, as part of the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix 2022 – at the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The Eau Rouge sends its regards!

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