Benvenuto nel tempio della velocità! The 2023 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup final will take place at one of the fastest circuits on the calendar: Italy's Temple of Speed. And it is here where all the title decisions of the season will be made!
The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is considered the cradle of European motorsport and symbolises the pioneering spirit of the early 20th century. Dating back to the 1920s, the origins of this venerable circuit can be traced: At that time, the Italian high-speed circuit was designed exclusively as a race and test track in the spirit of its builders. After Brooklands (Surrey, England) and Indianapolis (Indiana, USA), Monza is the third purpose-built circuit in the world and the oldest on the European continent – although the original oval with its steep corners is no longer part of the current layout.
With the exception of the 1980 Formula 1 season, Monza has been a fixture on the Grand Prix calendar and, in keeping with its nickname "Temple of Speed", it is one of the fastest and longest circuits on the Porsche Supercup calendar. Very high average speeds are reached here, which frequently leads to spectacular accidents. For this reason, the 33-strong Supercup field must pay the utmost attention – especially on the 1.1-kilometre long start-finish straight, the "Curva Grande" and the former "Parabolica" corner, since 2021 named "Curva Alboreto" after the late Italian racing driver Michele Alboreto, who won the 1997 Le Mans 24 Hours in a Joest Porsche, among others.
The Grand Final – and everything's still to play for.
Rarely has the Drivers' Championship been as fiercely contested as this season – and like the Rookies' and Teams' Championships, it will only be decided at Monza. Two drivers are still in contention for the Overall Title: championship leader, 2022 Rookie Champion and Porsche Junior #1 Bastian Buus (DNK/BWT Lechner Racing) with 118 points and two-time Supercup Champion #25 Larry ten Voorde (NLD/Team GP Elite) with 97 points, who is still waiting for his first race win of the season.
The Rookie Classification is led by #22 Alessandro Ghiretti (FRA/Martinet by Alméras) on 64 points, followed by #2 Harri Jones (AUS/BWT Lechner Racing) on 49 points and #28 Huub van Eijndhoven (NLD/GP Elite), who has a 25-point gap to Ghiretti, and just minimal chances of winning the title. Only a win in his last race, a pointless finish for the leading Frenchman and a maximum 4th place for Jones would make the young Dutchman the Rookie Champion.
BWT Lechner Racing is leading the team standings with a total of 201 points. Only Team GP Elite has a chance of snatching the championship away from the Austrians. The Dutch team is 31 points behind – and without the support of BWT's points suppliers Buus and #3 Harry King (GBR) it will be almost impossible to catch up.
Buus, in particular, has had a very consistent season and it was only at Silverstone that he failed to finish in the top four. As a result, he is considered to be the hottest candidate for the championship. But should he not finish better than 13th at the Autodromo – with Ten Voorde also winning – the Dutchman would be celebrating his third Supercup title. Anything is possible in motorsport. And this is especially true for the 31st Porsche Supercup season. The race weekend at Monza is therefore a must for all motorsport fans!
The 2023 Porsche Supercup was supposed to start in Italy - as we know, that didn't work out. That's why we're all the more looking forward to the final round in front of the Tifosi in Monza. We will give it all again!
High tension with high-profile drivers.
The field of drivers will once again be bolstered by a number of international guest drivers for the final. The Porsche Cup Suisse – spurred on by the recent victories of the Swiss team FACH AUTO TECH – will be fielding their compatriot Peter Hegglin in #34 and the German #45 Alexander Schwarzer. Huber Racing will enter a 3rd car with #41 Bashar Mardini (ARE). Martinet by Alméras brings the Chinese #46 Kailuo Luo into the cockpit. Kailuo is a successful driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. And in the #911, former Formula 1 driver Timo Glock will make his second appearance of the season as a VIP driver in the golden Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
All sessions live on TV.
The countdown to the 2023 season final begins with the Practice Session on Friday at 6:35 pm (CEST). It will continue with the qualifying on Saturday at 10:50 am (CEST). The 8th race of Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup as part of the Formula 1 Gran Premio d'Italia will start at 11:55 am (CEST) on Sunday. Depending on the country, each session will be shown live on TV. However, coverage is subject to local broadcast rights.
It will be a brilliant final with plenty of championship celebrations in Monza – and racing history is sure to be made there as well. If you would like to catch up on all the highlights of the season, check out the Porsche Supercup YouTube channel
. There, motorsport fans will also find plenty of background information on selected series personalities in the form of the Supercup Stories episodes. Keep on racing!