GTWC IMOLA : Beginning of the season with something new
The events at the start of 2020 have greatly changed the start of the season. The new calendar offered the first race of the GT WORLD CHALLENGE EUROPE ENDURANCE championship on the 25th and 26th of July on the Imola circuit. It was Florian’s very first high-level endurance race in the FFF Orange 1 Racing Team supported by Lamborghini. He teamed up with Batiste Moulin, Belgian driver, and the Italian Andréa Amici, who replaced Taylor Proto currently stranded in the United States.
The GT3 World Challenge Endurance Europe calendar is a championship that will take place over 4 race weekends. This first round is a 3-hour event made up of a crew of 3 drivers. The car competes for the SILVER classification (FIA classification reserved largely for young beginners in endurance races). Read more...
PMSC MEXICO : A final with a bit of uncert
The Porsche Mobil1 Supercup had its 2019 finale on October 26th and 27th in Mexico City as part of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Mexico. There were still 2 races for Florian was expected to keep his 5th place in the overall classification. The pilots ahead of him were already too far ahead to reasonably expect a breakthrough.
The logistics for this meeting being complicated, exceptionally all drivers are entitled to two sets of new tires for the test session to avoid crossing across the Atlantic tires of previous races as required by the rules for racing in Europe. This session is particularly good for Florian who is alone in the fight with Ammermüler in the first round. At the end of the session, Florian is still on the same rhythm but the red flag prevented him from materializing on the timeline. Regardless, the team is confident to push to the front...Read more...
PCCF PAUL RICARD : The title flies away for one point
Unhappy in the final, Florian missed by just one point of the title of French Champion. Before this last meeting at the Paul Ricard circuit, the situation was simple, Florian had to have the perfect weekend to make up the 5 points needed to catch the leader. Indeed, the 13 points lost at the first meeting of Nogaro due to a faulty car had been partially caught up during the season but the task was still very complicated given the very small point difference between each position.
In free practice, Florian and his opponent shared the top of the timesheets with little difference between them without giving hope to other competitors. They are on time and set the tone.
In official tests with a session for each of them on Friday, there were again only small differences promising their duel to be lively. Read more...
PCCF BARCELONE : Almost perfect copy...
Increasingly close to a perfect score, it is with 40 out of 44 possible points that Florian left the circuit of Barcelona this weekend of September 28th and 29th. He still tried to get closer to the leader of the Championship series and we certainly reserve this ideal score for the Finale Castelet ...
As at Magny-Cours, the practice sessions began on Thursday with free practice in which Florian was already the fastest on the board. Friday's official practice allowed Florian to be at the top of the timesheets, preceded by only a few drivers who had used new tires. The whole team orchestrated by Benjamin worked hard to provide the best car for Florian.
This meeting, organized within the Blancpain Series, the qualifying sessions were grouped in two 10-minute sessions with only 10 minutes break between the two, thus prohibiting any changes on the car. The two leaders are leading in these two sessions, but...Read more...
PCCF MAGNY-COURS : 1 victory and a podium
After the race at Magny-Cours, it is the status quo in the Championship. Florian and his main opponent each won a podium and the same number of bonus points. This weekend, the 14th and 15th of September, the circuit of Nièvre received the Porsche Carrera Cup France to resume the Championship after the summer break.
Having made no private tests with his team, Florian and RMS team benefit from the day of private tests organized by Porsche and the two series of official tests on Friday to make their adjustments. After some challenging beginnings, the work paid off and Florian finished at the top of the last session: a good omen for the times to come.
In Q1, he had a perfect lap and the pole of Race 1. At the beginning, there were no problems with a small but sufficient gap not to undergo an attack...Read more...
PMSC MONZA : Not what we expected but difficult to do better
Monza, reputed to be the temple of speed, has unfortunately not been for Florian the weekend of September 7th and 8th. In lack of performance in straight lines, he has never been able to fight with the fastest.
The Porsche Mobil1 Supercup is a brand competition where all drivers have the same cars, but there are always differences. As tiny as these are, the infinite straight lines of Monza do not forgive at this level.
During the free practice session on Thursday, the setup was not perfect with variable weather conditions and totally different from private tests conducted three weeks earlier. Florian also did not get the maximum and the disappointing result in more than a second highlights at the data level the lack of performance of the engine. At the end of the endless straight line, it is almost 5 kilometers / hour that are missing compared to some of the competitors...Read more...
PMSC SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS : The essential remains despite new mechanical problems
After a short summer break, SPA hosted the seventh meeting of the Porsche Supercup from August 30th to September 1st, 2019. The famous « roller coaster of the Ardennes » with its often-capricious weather conditions, are a part of a track much appreciated by drivers.
The private tests organized by the team 3 weeks ago had unfortunately not been productive due to a gearbox failure and capricious weather. As a result, Florian and Benjamin relied heavily on Friday's official practice session to finalize their setup. New disappointment: a new mechanical problem in the car so it did not perform well with an eleventh-place finish.
It would finally be up to Benjamin and Arno all evening and a good part of the night to detect the problem and fix it: at least that's what the whole team was hoping for...Read more...
PMSC BUDAPEST : And if it was time for some success
In the wake of the race in Hockenheim, the Hungarian meeting offered rain on Friday before the return of a dry track for Saturday and Sunday. The Hungaroring track is one of the most complicated in the Championship series because it is very technical, short and narrow, and makes it very difficult to overtake.
The free trial session will ultimately be uninteresting due to the wet conditions. It will still allow Florian a little training in extreme conditions, since he hadn’t seen them in about a year.
In timed practice, the asphalt was dry and everything was different: the settings of the car, driving, braking ... The first set of tires completed all these elements and Florian was ready to perform. 5 minutes from the end of the session, he left with the 2nd set of tires. The first two sectors were perfect, the beginning of the third was just as much, until the last corner, where a competitor in distress had a yellow flag and then the session was stopped...Read more...
PMSC HOCKENHEIM : The useless race!
The Porsche Supercup races are linked during this month of July. For the 5th round, Germany and the Hockenheim circuit welcomed the 32 drivers with the massive European heat wave on Friday.
Florian had scheduled test run on this track. It would, therefore, be best to optimize the 45 minutes of the free practice session because most of his opponents had already made two races during the German championships. In the end, despite the time cut by a red flag, the program prepared by Benjamin was doable. Everything was of course, not perfect in such a short time but the 7th place acquired at 4 tenths remains encouraging.
After qualifying in more than 40-degree heat, the qualifying round finally happened without the promised rain but with another 39-degree day...Read more...
PMSC SILVERSTONE : First podium of the Supercup season
During the month of July, the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup races are linked together. After Austria, it was time for Silverstone in Great Britain in front of more than 300 000 spectators. The track welcomed the 4th round of the Championship on a circuit which the surface was recently entirely redone.
During the official tests in May, Florian and his team could not test properly because of a problem with the car that would be detected later. The specific restrictions imposed by the organization of the camber of cars did not help the situation. Nevertheless, the entire team worked hard throughout the session and Florian took the second fastest time on his last lap.
PMSC SPIELBERG : lesson learned – don’t give in and results in a nice 5th place
It was in the heart of the Austrian mountains that the 3rd round of the Porsche Supercup Championship was held from June 28th to 30th at the Spielberg circuit, stronghold of Red Bull. The track had to be physically ready because as everywhere in Europe, the drivers arrived in the midst of a major heatwave for the 3 days of competition.
This race started poorly for Florian due to a persistent oil leak that would prevent him from working and performing throughout the free practice session. These incessant projections on the disks, plates and tires on the left rear made it impossible to carry out the test program planned by Benjamin, Florian's engineer. In all the curves to the right, the car behaved like on a wet track.
Starting with the qualifying session on Saturday and with the first set of tires... Read more...
PCCF MISANO : Efficient weekend with a podium placement and a win!
As part of the DTM, Misano is the meeting point on 8th and 9th June for the 3rd meeting of the France Cup which will mark the middle of the season. The scorching weather of this seaside city played a significant role for both drivers and cars.
The two practice sessions on Friday were perfectly mastered with the best time in the first session and in the second session when it was dedicated to a relay race.
The work of the head engineer and the mechanics was perfect.
A good start in Race 1 allowed Florian to maintain his position, then he started to get a little bit off course with his pursuers until the appearance of the safety car... Read more...
PMSC MONACO : Close to the wall and also to the podium
On this weekend of the Monaco Grand Prix from May 23rd to 26th, we discovered the incredible atmosphere of the Porsche Supercup. The 28 cars are placed inside the international circus tent of the Monte-Carlo. This special atmosphere is also for hospitality in the botanical garden next to a lake.
Among all the peculiarities of Monaco, Saturday is a day without activity. Free practice runs on Thursday afternoon. With only 1 race on this special track, Florian must reclaim all the specifics of his car with his team. The session ends in 5th position which was very encouraging. The car was perfect as it has been throughout the weekend thanks to the entire Fach Auto Tech team and its engineer Benjamin FLOCH.
The qualifying session that took place on Friday morning... Read more...
PMSC BARCELONE : The beginning of a complicated championship
The races held over the weekend of May 10th to 12th in Barcelona marked the return of Formula 1 in Europe, but also was the kick-off of the season of Porsche Mobil1 Supercup.
After the official tests organized on the same track 3 weeks ago, the teams found themselves back in spring weather conditions so that they could get a great start to this new season.
The limited format of the Supercup, therefore allowed only 45 minutes of free practice to each racer to complete any last-minute changes to his car. This session confirmed that Florian was in the running in 4th place. He is reassured, his car was perfectly prepared by Fach Auto Tech.
Unfortunately, on Saturday for the qualifying session, nothing went well... Read more...
PCCF SPA : The right move for the championship
The second round of the Porsche Carrera Cup France took place at SPA Francorchamps on May 3rd and 4th at the WEC round. The spring weather from the beginning of the season quickly gave way to the cold with rain, hail and snow.
After two weeks of hard work in the RMS workshops, the day of free practice was aimed at ensuring that the technical problems encountered in Nogaro had all been found and resolved. Even after the regulation limiting new tires, Florian thought to have found a healthy and well-balanced car at the end of the day of Thursday. However, it was still necessary to await the verdict of Friday during the session chrono.
The return of winter was already announced before the qualifying session. Temperatures fell but the conditions remained dry. Particularity of this meeting...Read more...