Lap Time: 1:15.50 min.
The fastest one-make cup of Germany debuted 30 years ago. Olaf Manthey is the man of the season.
The sun is already warming the air on the last day of March, 1990, and the bleachers are packed as the Porsche Carrera Cup debuts in Zolder, Belgium. From 1993 onward, the Porsche Supercup started as part of Formula One. On this day in Belgium, at the new Carrera Cup’s first qualifying, Olaf Manthey rolls out of the pits in a green Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cup. The thirty-four-year-old from the Rhineland is known in the touring-car community as a drift artist: always hard on the gas, always in a light power slide—the driving style is his trademark, as is his handlebar moustache. “The rubber was at the perfect temperature when I could finally let loose!” Ideal conditions to claim pole position with a lap time of 1:15.50 minutes.
At the race on Sunday he manages yet again to beat the huge field of thirty-eight technically identical 911 Carrera 2 Cup cars to win the first race of the new series. A passionate drifter, he had to adopt a radically new approach to his driving style, because with the 911 he was driving a rear-engine race car for the first time in his career.
May 25, 2020 at 15:17