Tom Sharp will return to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup grid this season with his family IDL Racing team, once again competing in one of the most competitive one-make GT championships in the world across Europe and beyond in support of Formula One.
Following two seasons in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Sharp and the IDL team took on the huge challenge of moving into the Mobil 1 Supercup last year, running a two-car entry for Sharp and team-mate Mark Radcliffe as the only British team on the grid.
The Surrey based racer showed great progression over the course of his maiden campaign, regularly battling on the fringes of the top ten on his way to five top sixteen finishes in eleven races, with just some cruel luck denying him a better finish than thirteenth overall.
This season, Sharp and the IDL team will return to the grid hoping to use all the experience they’ve gained with the current Porsche 911 (Type 991) GT3 Cup car and the circuits used by the series to push themselves into the top ten and beyond this year.
The provisional 2018 calendar will see Sharp returning to the eight circuits he competed at last year, including historic venues such as Monza, Spa-Francorchamps and Monaco, while an exciting addition to the calendar comes Hockenheim in support of the German Grand Prix.
The 25 year old will also race on home tarmac once again as he competes in the support of the British Grand Prix for a fourth consecutive season, taking to the track at the ‘home of British motor racing’ in front of an expected sell-out crowd of over 300,000 fans across the meeting.
Tom Sharp: “It’s fantastic to be back in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup this season as a family team once again. It is a brilliant championship that visits some incredible circuits, all while we race in front of huge crowds as part of the biggest spectacle in motorsport, Formula One.
“Last season was an immense challenge for me and the team. The championship was new to us and we’d never visited the majority of the circuits before, which meant we were certainly on the backfoot against a really talented and competitive entry.
“We gave it everything though and I certainly feel that if a bit of luck had gone our way, we’d have come out of the season with at least a couple of top ten finishes to our name. We showed some really strong pace at points and that sets us up well for the new season.
“I’m really optimistic for our hopes this year. Having already learnt the majority of the circuits on the calendar now, we’ll be in a much stronger position heading into each race weekend and I’m confident we can use all the experience we’ve gained to enjoy a really positive 2018.”
The 2018 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season kicks off with an official pre-season test at Catalunya next week (25/26 April), before the field return to the Spanish circuit for the opening round of the season (12/13 May) and then head to Monaco two weeks later (26/27 May).
Austria and the Red Bull Ring is next up (30 June/1 July) to start a busy spell of four meetings in five weekends, with the home round at Silverstone (7/8 July) being followed by the visits to Hockenheim (21/22 July) and Budapest (28/29 July).
Following a four week break, the series is back in action with back-to-back outings at Spa-Francorchamps (25/26 August) and Monza (1/2 September), before the season concludes with a double-header meeting in Mexico (27/28 October).
The Mobil 1 Supercup stands at the top of Porsche’s pyramid of twenty one-make championships across the world and utilises the 485hp Porsche 911 (Type 991) GT3 Cup car, which is based on the seventh generation Porsche 911 GT3 road car.
Source. Simon Paice Media/Photo. Porsche AG/Hoch Zwei