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The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup VIP race car heads towards the Tarzan corner at Zandvoort, the line says "Thunder in the dunes"

8/22/2023

Thunder in the Dunes: Rounds 6 and 7 in Zandvoort.

Welkom terug op Zandvoort! The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup returns for a third time to the Dutch circuit – this time with a double race. The penultimate race weekend of the season will be decisive for the drivers’ championship. Don’t miss it!

The last race at Spa-Francorchamps had to be prematurely concluded due to emerging rain. However, the magnificent spectacle of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will continue in the neighbouring Netherlands – with the championship battle entering its crucial phase. The sixth and seventh round of the Porsche Supercup will be held at the Circuit Zandvoort as part of the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix. Specifically, this involves a single Qualifying Session in which the best two laps of any driver determine their grid positions for each race: the fastest lap time will establish the grid position for Race 6, while the second fastest lap time will assess the grid position for Race 7.

Few people realise that Zandvoort’s circuit is deeply ingrained in the early days of Grand Prix racing. The first race was held there in August 1948. However, it was not until 1955 that it was officially incorporated into the Formula 1 championship. There were no more Grand Prix events from 1985 until the end of the 20th century. In 2021 the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup together with Formula 1 returned to the North Sea coast near Amsterdam. The 14 eclectic corners are spread over 4.307 kilometres and constitute a mixture of technical sections, long sweeping corners for slipstreaming and breathtaking steep turns. Furthermore, the 32-strong field of drivers will reach a top speed of nearly 260 kph in their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars on the home straight. As unique as this particular course is, the sand is omnipresent, making the track unpredictable – especially when the North Sea wind scatters grains of sand all over the track.

I am very excited to be racing at home after my first victory in Belgium. Still, I can’t believe that I am the youngest-ever winner of the Porsche Supercup. Racing in front of my home crowd will be epic and give me even more confidence!

Morris Schuring(NLD/Fach Auto Tech)
Morris Schuring in his 911 GT3 Cup in the penultimate corner at Zandvoort during the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland

Fast brothers – united on the track.

Two drivers in the field welcome their younger brothers, who are successful in the Porsche Sprint Challenge Southern Europe. #4 Morris Schuring (NLD/FACH AUTO TECH) and Rookie #28 Huub van Eijndhoven (NLD/GP Elite) bring along #44 Flynt Schuring (NLD/Team Huber Racing) and #43 Lucas van Eijndhoven (NLD /GP Elite) as guest drivers. We remain excited whether it is brotherly teamwork or fierce duels between siblings. Regardless, the experience of the two older brothers, who also participate in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, will enhance their aptitude at the demanding Zandvoort circuit. The field is completed by other guest drivers such as #42 Niels Troost (NLD/GP Elite) and #41 Bashar Mardini (ARE/Huber Racing), who will enter his second guest start of the year.

The two-time Supercup Champion #25 Larry ten Voorde (NLD/Team GP Elite) has won the last two races of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland at Zandvoort. However, the veteran hasn’t won a race in this year's season as he currently sits fourth in the drivers' standings. If he can achieve another double victory in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, he may have a chance to rejuvenate his title chances.

At the front, #1 Bastian Buus (DNK/BWT Lechner Racing), #3 Harry King (GBR/BWT Lechner Racing) and #11 Dorian Boccolaci (FRA/CLRT) are fighting a close battle for the title. The twenty-year-old Dane is leading the championship and is part of the Porsche Junior Programme. His exceptional consistency is paying off. In fact, his sole victory in Austria and three more podiums in Monaco, Hungary and Belgium granted him the championship lead. The young Dutchman Schuring follows the quartet of drivers, trailing the championship leader by 32 points – wrapping up the top 5 in the drivers' standings.
Provisional Entry List Zandvoort
The image shows a selection of worldwide TV channels broadcasting the Porsche Supercup, e.g. Sky Sport & Ziggo

All sessions live on TV.

The Zandvoort Circuit will be the only venue to host two races during the 2023 season. The weekend will begin with the Practice Session on Friday at 5:30 pm (CEST). Subsequently, the Qualifying Session will start on Saturday at 9:50 am (CEST) and Race 6 will be contested over 17 laps at 5:00 pm (CEST). The seventh race will be held on Sunday at 11:55 am (CEST) with an identical race distance. Depending on the country, each session will be shown live on TV. However, coverage will depend on the local rights of the broadcaster.
Full TV broadcasting list
The following weekend represents the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup gran finale at the 2023 Formula 1 Gran Premio D'Italia from 1-3 September. But first up is Zandvoort – and it promises to be an intense weekend of racing, where every millimetre of tarmac will be fought over relentlessly! So there is only one thing left to wish for in Dutch: Dat de beste mag winnen! May the best win…
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