Sitting at the kitchen table doing a bit of writing and watching Sky Sports F1 on the iPad, it was great to see some coverage pop up of the Porsche Supercup race at Silverstone between F1 practice sessions.
I watched the Silverstone Supercup race on Eurosport at the gym a few days ago. The coverage was woeful: almost inaudible sound with a rough picture quality. Watching it on good old Sky Sports F1 was the opposite: good insight from a decent commentator, nice in-car footage and enlightening post-race interviews.
The race was a tough one – Rast racing on used tyres versus the rest on new – but the guru took another win, chased home by Siedler who pulled a mega last-lap move on Edwards to take P2 ahead of the Brit.
Twenty years of Supercup has generated some great stories and terrific drives from worthy champions. I well remember watching Patrick Huisman in his heyday, as well as Wolf Henzler (below): still the man with most Supercup race wins in a season.
The most victories over multiple seasons goes to Huisman with 24 races: the first in 1996 at Hockenheim, the last in 2007 in Spa Francorchamps. René Rast ranks second with 18 wins, followed by Uwe Alzen and Wolf Henzler with 14 wins each. The class of these guys shouts from the language of the car as it laps at speed.
Best celebrity driver is Mika Hakkinen , who has just popped up on Sky Sports F1 as advisor to Bottas: one of the younger drivers. Mika – my all-time favourite – won two ’93 Supercups, in Monaco and Hungary.
Supercup is terrific: if you can get the right coverage. After all, what could be better than watching talent thrash the daylights out of a grid of 911s? Here’s to twenty more good years!