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Porsche Mobil 1 Super Cup 2014

Monaco Gran Prix

The only three kilometres long and highly demanding street circuit through the urban canyons of Monaco is 

unique. After a difficult qualifying Christian Engelhart behind the wheel of his Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 

Cup clinched eighth rank at the second round for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the Cote d’Azur. The race 

weekend became a real highlight for Rolf Ineichen, who mastered his debut in the fiercely contested Supercup. 


Nowhere else the qualifying session is of such an importance like it is in Monaco. On the narrow street-circuit overtaking is 

nearly impossible, what became also a fateful matter for Christian Engelhart. After the German was still fastest in the free 

practice session on Thursday, he had to settle with eighth spot in the starting grid after the qualifying. “Unfortunately I 

slightly hit the guardrail, what ruined the set-up of my car. I wasn't able to lap the track with a reasonable time”, explained 

Engelhart. In the race Engelhart had no chance to improve his position, however, finishing eighth he claimed some good 

points for the championship. 


Klaus Bachler and Christopher Zoechling saw the chequered flag on positions ten and fourteen. “I had a good start, but 

there is no chance here in Monaco to overtake without taking a lot of risk”, Bachler summarises his efforts. Nevertheless, 

with the fastest lap of the race the Porsche-Junior could prove the good performance of Konrad Motorsport. Zöchling 

appeared really impressed about his debut in Monaco. “It got really hot already in the first corner. Altogether I am satisfied 

with my race. I had some good fights and finally I could score one point for the championship.” 


Rolf Ineichen felt relieved and happy after his first race in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. “For a long time already it was a 

dream of me to be at the start in Monaco. I am really happy and pleased, that this dream was fulfilled now”, shone Ineichen. 

The Swiss, who normally starts in the amateur classification of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, with 18th position 

claimed an remarkable result. 


The next round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place in the course of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Austria on the 

Red-Bull-Ring in Spielberg from June, 20th to 22nd . With that, the fastest one make cup of the world after eleven years 

returns to Austria again as well. Already next week Konrad Motorsport is at the start in the next round for the Porsche 

Carrera Cup Germany again: Then the squad of team owner Franz Konrad travels to Budapest. 


Free Practice:

Racing at any new racetrack for the first time is always a challenge but the first time at Monaco takes this to a whole new level.  No run off areas, tight city streets, and a far from ideal surface, meaning a single mistake can be the end of your weekend.  Despite his relative inexperience of the track, Christopher managed P13 on used tyres. It wasn’t easy, Chris in the #9 Konrad Porsche entered each session with great respect towards the track.


Just as in Barcelona, Chris and his other 27 competitors had just 30 minutes to set their qualifying times.  As the session got underway, Chris put in some reasonable lap times, hovering around 10th place.  Midsession, as Chris pitted to get his second set of new Michelin tyres, other’s started making mistakes.  Yellow flags and even one red flag of the session ruined any chance of a decent lap time on the new tyres.  With 4 minutes to go, Christopher’s fastest lap was cut short when Jeffrey Schmidt (CH) lost control of his car, crashing at the exit of “Tabac” corner, resulting in the second red flag of the session.  At the end of qualifying Chris had to settle for P15 for Sunday’s race



Despite barely being able to see the red lights through an overhanging TV camera mast, Chris still managed a good start! Any advantage gained was soon lost when in Turn 1 “Sainte Devote”, Philip Hirschi ran into the right side of Chris turning him nearly sideways and knocking him back several positions.  On completing Lap 1, Christopher found himself back on P19. The race was on! Overtaking in Monaco is nearly impossible, but time your manoeuvres right and there are overtaking opportunities. 


With just 5 laps to go and on P16, Chris managed his last overtake of the race on Thomas Biagi.
Entering the right hander before the Tunnel “Portier” Chris was side by side with Thomas.   When the Italian “closed” the door on Chris and they had contact. Thomas Biagi spun out and Chris could pass.  Christopher Zoechling saw the chequered flag in 14th position.

Circuit de Catalunya Gran Prix

Konrad Motorsport misses podium at Supercup season opener

Strong team-performance by Konrad Motorsport at the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup’s season opener in Barcelona: In an exciting race Christian Engelhart missed the podium only narrowly and finished fourth. His Austrian team-mate and Supercup-rookie Christopher Zoechling contributed to a perfect team-result with position seven. Klaus Bachler was classified twelth.

Already the qualifying on Saturday showed how strong and balanced the starting field of the new Supercup-season is: Despite lap-times less than two tenths of a second behind the pole-position, the Konrad-spearheads Christian Engelhart and Klaus Bachler had to start the race from positions six and eight. “It is incredible – I am only 0.15 seconds behind the pole-position and only seventh,” Engelhart commented the extremely close competition. “Even the Supercup has never been that balanced and competitive before.”

The Konrad-drivers made a huge step forward in the race: After the start Christian Engelhart was able to improve to position four quickly. Especially in the last third of the race he was clearly faster than Ben Barker in front of him. He put the young Britain under immense pressure. Again and again his green and white Porsche race car showed up in Barker’s rear mirror. But for an overtaking maneuver the checkered flag came too early after 13 laps. “Our race-setup worked really well, we were for sure fast enough for the podium,” reported Christian Engelhart afterwards. “But Ben defended his position bravely and fair. I would have needed a little bit more time.” In contrast to Engelhart, his team-mate Klaus Bachler was the unlucky man of the race. After position six, a time-penalty dropped him back to twelth.

An excellent debut in the Porsche Supercup experienced Christopher Zoechling, who sits behind the wheel of the third Konrad-Porsche. With position twelve in qualifying the 26-year-old was a little bit disappointed. But in the race he showed his talent and won many positions. Especially the battle with his fellow-countryman Clemens Schmid entertained the numerous spectators. In the end the Supercup-rookie finished on a respectable seventh place. “It was a really tough race, especially in the first lap everyone fought extremely hard,” he showed his happiness about the successful debut. “My target was to finish within the top-10 and I have reached it clearly.”

Team principal Franz Konrad drew a positive conclusion: “We can be really satisfied with the season opener. Our squad is among the frontrunners in the team-championship. If the race had been a little bit longer, Christian would have brought a trophy home,” explained the 62-year-old. “Also Christopher Zoechling convinced me during his first appearance in this really competitive series. Our performance is a good basis for Monaco!”

Porsche Super Cup Team Press Release
Press Release for the 2014 Season with Konrad Motorsport
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