Series Bahrain rounds 1, 2 preview

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Rounds 1 & 2 in Bahrain, 24-26 April 2009 Featuring a thoroughbred racing version of the sports car icon 911, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is arguably one of the most popular one-make series in the world. For the last...

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Rounds 1 & 2 in Bahrain, 24-26 April 2009

Featuring a thoroughbred racing version of the sports car icon 911, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is arguably one of the most popular one-make series in the world. For the last 17 years the Porsche Supercup has run as support to the FIA Formula 1 World Championship - a record matched by no other series. After the hugely successful appearances at Bahrain in the last four years the international one-make championship launches into the 2009 season on the Sakhir International Circuit again with two championship rounds. The news this season however comes from Tudor, part of the renowned Swiss watch-making company Rolex, is to form a brand partnership with Porsche Motorsport. The partnership is timed to coincide with the launch by Tudor of a new line of high-end sport watches evocatively named "Grantour".

Tudor is set to be the "Official Partner" of the prestigious Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Championship, from the start of this 2009 season in Bahrain.

The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is a true sprinter with 420 horsepower, a weight of just 1,140 kilos, a six speed sequential gearbox for ultra-quick shifting and the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake PCCB. All race cars are identical down to the last bolt ensuring close and dramatic racing. Victory or defeat depends totally on the skill and courage of the drivers and the expertise of their teams.

The drivers including champions, seasoned veterans and young hopefuls converge from all around the world - from the USA to Great Britain, Austria, Slovakia, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany. Heading the list of favourites is reigning champion Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands. The charismatic 27-year-old racing professional started his run to the top here in Bahrain last season with to second places. At the end of the season the ex-DTM pilot won the series with a 72-point advantage over the second placed driver. Never before has the gap been so large. This year he wants to grab the title for the second time. A real challenge may be expected, as there are more pilots with ambitions.

Back again is Richard Westbrook. The two-time Supercup champion from 2007 and 2006 drove last year as a works driver for Porsche. Now the 33-year-old Briton is once more up for taking hold of the coveted title. Another very strong title contender is Rene Rast the reigning champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. The 22-year-old hot shot gave his debut in the Supercup here in Bahrain last year and a big surprise also, as he secured pole position for both rounds.

Another young and promising pilot is Stefan Rosina from Slovakia. The 21-year-old heads into his third Supercup season. Last year he finished 10th overall and went to the podium twice. 2009 is determined to snatch the first victory.

Over the current season, Porsche pays out a total of approximately 800,000 Euros in prize money to teams and drivers. As an extra reward, the eventual champion gets to take home a brand-new Porsche road vehicle.

Over the past 25 years, Tudor and Porsche have striven to push the boundaries of design, technology and reliability. There is a synergy between the two, and Tudor and Porsche Motorsport are proud to bring their two emblematic brands together in support of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup international series.

-credit: porsche

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Drivers Jeroen Bleekemolen , Stefan Rosina , Richard Westbrook , René Rast