Konrad Motorsport wins race, takes 2nd in Championship This weekend represented one the biggest challenges of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup season for the two drivers fighting for the overall Championship. Rene Rast, who finished 4th in this race,...
Konrad Motorsport wins race, takes 2nd in Championship
This weekend represented one the biggest challenges of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup season for the two drivers fighting for the overall Championship. Rene Rast, who finished 4th in this race, left Monza clinching the championship with 152 points just ahead of Nicholas Tandy, who won the Monza race yet finished 2nd with 146 points.
All arrived in Monza to the pleasant surprise of warm weather: an air temperature of 23-26 degrees Centigrade, perfect for the tough competition set to take place between two team contenders, Konrad Motorsport and Al Faisal Lechner Racing, ready to fight hard for the Championship title. As always, there was lots of excitement for the season wrap-up: 14 laps on the legendary 5.793km Monza track. The suspense gave way to a happy ending for Tudor-sponsored Konrad Motorsport, with a win for Nicholas Tandy and a 9th place for team mate Patrick Huisman, a ranking which did not quite match Huisman's hopes of a strong finish for the last race of the 2010 season.
The Friday free practice saw Huisman in P-15 with a time of 1:53.110. Qualifying on Saturday was stronger for the Dutchman who qualified P8 while team mate Tandy was on pole ahead of Rene Rast and local guest driver Alessandro Balzan in P3.
After a good race start, Huisman did not take any risks against the aggressive Italian guest drivers in the race. "I was hoping for a good start to the weekend on Friday, but it was not as good as I hoped. We had a misfire problem on the car. On Saturday we had changed the car a lot, possibly too much, which was my fault because I made the wrong decisions for my set-up. By the time the team was back to the right set-up I could not deliver as great a result as I wanted this weekend. My first lap was fast, but I out-braked myself and this spoiled my run," Huisman continued. "On my second lap I was too aggressive. I could not progress. On the Monza long straight we have a speed handicap and are 0.3s behind the others. I managed to bring the car to 9th at the finish of the race and I earned nine points again today for the team. This gives me an overall result in the championship of 9th position and 82 points that I dedicate happily to my sponsor Tudor. My teammate won the race and finished 2nd in the championship, six points behind the winner and that makes me very proud."
Husiman gave some final thoughts when looking back over the season: "I want to thank the team for the great job they did with me this year and Tudor for supporting me greatly. We had an up and down season that started with engine troubles in Bahrain. Barcelona gave us a great podium. I hope this is the last time we have such a handicap with weight. The rules should be different and in our favour next year so we will be more competitive."
Nicholas Tandy, Konrad Motorsport, winner of the race in Monza, said "I am happy with my performance and the fact that my car is at a competitive level. It was quite an interesting race where I contained everyone yet it was hard work all the time. I was looking in my mirrors constantly and it was not easy because of the bumps. I was surprised when Jeroen Bleekemolen overtook me in the chicane. But overall I am very pleased with the race and immensely pleased with the season results. Top three was my goal and second in the championship is a great result for a team in their first year. I want to thank everybody for doing such a great job around me, we are all so happy and now we must just continue on this good trajectory!"
Rene Rast, winner of the championship at the wheel of his Veltins MRS Racing Porsche 911 GT3 said, "I finished the Monza race in 4th but I am so pleased that this result makes me the champion for the season. The championship was a hard fight. Every race was crazier than the previous one and this race today is a perfect example: Nicholas Tandy was blocking the speed ahead of us from the start and he slowed the pace of the race. The main thing in the end was not to get involved in an accident. There were several crashes around me but it all worked out for us. It was simply superb for the team and after all, we have been on the podium this year at nearly every race. So a well deserved result!"