A prominent guest driver joins the grid for round six of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this weekend: The German-Irish Hollywood star Michael Fassbender 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).
“I know Michael Fassbender from the movie ‘X-Men’. 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. At rounds four and five in Silverstone, the Luxembourger lost some of his earlier gains over Larry ten Voorde (The Netherlands/Team GP Elite) and Porsche Junior Ayhancan Güven (Turkey/Martinet by Alméras). “The Circuit de Catalunya suits me better than the Grand Prix circuit in England. I reckon I’ll be back in winning form in Barcelona,” predicts Pereira.
Round six of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes off on Sunday (16 August) at 12.30 pm local (CEST). Fans can enjoy the race via live stream on F1TV.formula1.com.
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, round 6, Barcelona/Spain*
Friday, 14 August, 5:55 – 6:40 pm: Free Practice
Saturday, 15 August, 1:45 – 2:15 pm: Qualifying
Sunday, 16 August,12:30 pm: Race (14 laps)
* all times CEST
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, standings after 5 of 8 laps
- Dylan Pereira (L/BWT Lechner Racing), 97 points
- Larry ten Voorde (NL/Team GP Elite), 93 points
- Ayhancan Güven (TR/Martinet by Alméras), 80 points
- Jaxon Evans (NZ/BWT Lechner Racing), 62 points
- Florian Latorre (F/CLRT), 54 points
- Marvin Klein (F/Martinet by Alméras), 52 points