Nicki Thiim has won the 2013 Porsche Supercup championship in Abu Dhabi after taking both wins over an action packed weekend, but – in a much hailed gesture – will give the championship trophy to the family of the recently departed Sean Edwards, who finished second in the standings.
Winning the championship in the same year he claimed the Nurburgring 24 hours alongside Edwards, Thiim was ecstatic at his triumph: “It was a very emotional weekend for us all. I did everything I could to show that I deserved the overall win. I dedicate this title to my friend Sean and would like to give the championship trophy to his family. I want to show that Sean is the champion of our hearts.”
Starting the second race on pole position, the ALMS NGT Motorsports third driver never looked troubled as he took his 991 GT3 Cup car to a commanding victory.
Alongside German Carrera Cup winning team mate Kevin Estre, Thiim secured the teams title for Attempto Racing in what Estre described as an incredible weekend of racing: “That was a great race to wind up the season. I’m happy with second place. Nicki was simply quicker and I couldn’t catch him. We gave the fans a great weekend with fair racing and I think that’s what Sean would have wanted. Our thoughts were with him.”
Indeed Edwards was in everyone’s mind during the weekend, with the entire gathering his #14 car before practice to show their respects to the championship leader prior to this weekend.