2023/2024 deBoulle Magazine

About the Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America: Attracting the best Pro, Pro-Am and Amateur sports car drivers from North America and around the world, the Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America is the premier one-make champi- onship on the continent, with drivers competing in identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 992) race cars. Carrera Cup races across the country at the biggest motor- sport events in the USA, de- livering market-leading event attendees, broadcast reach and premium experiences for all drivers, teams and partners in- volved. The new 922 generation 911 GT3 cup car made its world compe- tition debut in Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America in 2021. The spectacularly styled cup car is the first racing version based on the current 922 generation road car and the first one-make cup racer of the German sports car manufacturer to feature a wide turbo-spec body. Producing around 375 kw (510 hp), the new 911 GT3 Cup Type 992 exceeds the output of its immediate predecessor by 25 horsepower. The overall increase in perfor- mance of the 992 generation — over the type 991 II generation — was immediately apparent in the championship, with lap times nearly as quick as that year’s 911 GT3 R race cars in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports- Car Championship. The devel- opment also showed itself in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup rounds in 2021, where lap times were slashed by up to three sec- onds at most European circuits.

PUSHING & PULLING Our daring driver and his powerful Porsche make some memories in Austin, one turn at a time Racing as part of a wild Formula 1 weekend at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, makes for some unforgettable moments. On the third weekend of October 2023, our Nick Boulle drove in two races — the final two rounds of the Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America, the pre- mier one-make championship on the continent, all leading up to a main-event Formula 1 race on Sunday. The weekend started for de Boulle Motorsports and Boulle — piloting the No. 3 deBoulle Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in the Pro Class — with one 25-minute prac- tice on Friday, followed by a qualifying round and the first of the two races on Saturday, then the second race on Sunday. The practice race held promise, with decent pace in the car despite the limited track time. The qualifying round did not go to plan, with varying track condi- tions playing a role in a less-than-ideal fast-lap attempt, putting Boulle 20th on the grid for race 1 and 2. Race 1 did start well and, in the fray of Turn 1 near the end of the race, Boulle was able to push all the way from 20th position to finish 13th in the Pro Class, chasing down full-time series regulars just outside of the top 10. Sunday did not go to plan. Boulle spun on the first lap of the race and went to last place of the almost 40-car field. Despite this, and with only limited green- flag laps, Boulle was able to make his way through the field in the 40-minute race. Eventually, he crossed the finish line in 11th position in the Pro Class. It was bittersweet, as there was great potential for a great result on Sunday — in front of the big Formula 1 Texas crowds! But, de Boulle Motorsports is already planning for 2024 and looks forward to a major racing year in both endurance and GT3 racing, all around the world. More memories are in the making.


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