It seems traditional now that spectators at the European Grands Prix races will also get the opportunity to see Porsche racing in the form of the Porsche SuperCup, and the Porsche Supercup at the 2013 British Grand Prix meant that this was still true for those who spent the last weekend of June at Silverstone.
The Porsche SuperCup is normally quite different racing from the other races that make up the Grand Prix weekend – GP3, GP2 and Formula One – and often includes guest drivers and local drivers making an appearance at their home race. The guest drivers at Silverstone were not that local, with Irish racer Karl Leonard making an appearance alongside Swiss driver Jeffrey Schmidt. Neither was as big a name as the local driver we saw at the Spanish Grand Prix, Sebastian Loeb. There is also a history of privateers – those individuals who enter their own cars rather than being part of a larger team – in the various forms of Porsche racing. The nine races that make up the 2013 Porsche SuperCup all form part of a Formula One Grand Prix weekend.
The Porsches, as normal, had a practice and qualifying session over the course of the weekend, followed by a race on Sunday morning after the GP3 and GP2 cars had made their appearance, but before the build up to the Formula One race itself. There were high hopes of a good British result for the Silverstone race, as not only had the other series racing there had British success – Jack Harvey winning a GP3 race, Sam Bird and Jon Lancaster winning GP2 races, and Lewis Hamilton on pole for the Formula One race later in the day – but also because the two previous races of the season, at the Spanish Grand Prix and at Monaco, had seen British driver Sean Edwards not just win each race, but also set the fastest lap time and start from pole position each time. The British race was again a clean sweep by a single nation, but rather than the United Kingdom, this time the winner was Denmark, with Nicki Thiim winning from pole, and compatriot Michael Christensen, the former GP3 driver, setting the fastest lap.
Like the GP3 events over the weekend, I put more effort into watching that taking pictures, but here are a handful of photos from the weekend. I hope you like them.
There is a list of the various galleries of my photos from the events of the 2013 British Grand Prix weekend here.