Porsche Supercup debut for Hollywood star Michael Fassbender
Hollywood star Michael Fassbender will join Jaxon Evans and Jordan Love on the grid for round six of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this weekend. The German-Irish actor tackles the international one-make cup run as support to the Spanish Grand Prix at the wheel of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
“The level of competition in the Supercup is extremely high, so my goals are modest,” says Fassbender (“Inglourious Basterds”, “12 Years a Slave”, “X-Men”), who drives a Porsche 911 RSR in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS). “I’m most looking forward to driving a different racing version of the Porsche 911 and gaining more experience.”
Fassbender went through a Porsche-run professional training programme for motor racing. He first completed a short training course with the 485-hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup as part of the Porsche Driving Experience.
After advancing to the Porsche Racing Experience and competing in Porsche Sports Cup races, the Heidelberg-born actor started into his debut season in the ELMS in 2020 with the Proton Competition customer squad.
Last weekend, Fassbender finished the four-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) fourth in the GTE-class with the Porsche 911 RSR. He shared the cockpit of the 510-hp racer with Porsche works driver Richard Lietz (Austria) and Felipe Fernández Laser (Germany).
“It’s really cool to compete on the racetrack against such a famous actor. And it’s great to have him as a guest in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup,” says Dylan Pereira (BWT Lechner Racing), the current championship leader.
Porsche Junior, Jaxon Evans, lies fourth in the Championship with three races remaining while Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will again be an unknown quantity for reigning Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia Champion, Jordan Love.
Love’s first season in the international one-make series is also his first year racing on European soil. The Catalonian circuit is all about its long start-finish straight, fast corners and tight chicanes and almost guarantees exciting racing.
Round six of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will be televised live on Fox Sports and Kayo Sports from 20:23 (AEST) on Sunday evening.
Broadcast times: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, round 6, Barcelona (AEST)
Fox Sports 506 – Sunday 16 August 20:23 – 21:05
Fox Sports 506 HD – Sunday 16 August 20:23 – 21:05
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, standings after 5 of 8 races
1. Dylan Pereira (L/BWT Lechner Racing), 97 points
2. Larry ten Voorde (NL/Team GP Elite), 93 points
3. Ayhancan Güven (TR/Martinet by Alméras), 80 points
4. Jaxon Evans (NZ/BWT Lechner Racing), 62 points
5. Florian Latorre (F/CLRT), 54 points
6. Marvin Klein (F/Martinet by Alméras), 52 points