Nurburgring: Round five summary

Pole to flag victory for Philipp Peter - Zampedri increases points lead. Stuttgart. Philipp Peter (Monaco) led the field to the first corner, and never relinquished his lead until being flagged off as the winner of the fifth round of the Porsche...

Pole to flag victory for Philipp Peter - Zampedri increases points lead.

Stuttgart. Philipp Peter (Monaco) led the field to the first corner, and never relinquished his lead until being flagged off as the winner of the fifth round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup on the Nurburgring ahead of Marc Lieb (Germany). Peter, who also won the previous round in Monaco, posted the fastest race lap (2m:07.103s = 145.752 kph) on the way to his latest success. This victory elevates the racing professional from sixth to fourth in the driver's classification.

Marc Lieb grabbed second place immediately after the start and successfully defended his position against a hefty attack from Christian Menzel, who crossed the finish line third. Both Lieb and Menzel contested the race as guest starters and, as such, are not entitled to collect points. Hence, fourth-placed Timo Bernhard (Germany) took 18 points for second place, enough to catapult the reigning national Porsche Carrera Cup champion from fifth to third in the overall rankings.

Pole-setter Marco Werner (Switzerland) experienced bad luck at the pre start, when a transmission defect sidelined his car. Alessandro Zampedri (Italy) could build on his points' lead after finishing eighth on the 'Ring, which he admits is not his favourite circuit.

Invited by Porsche AG as guest driver, olympic swimmer Mark Warnecke (Germany) brought his VIP Carrera home in 13th place, despite being caught up in a tussle with a competitor in the first lap and dropping back in the field. Motorcycle racer Katja Poensgen secured 18th place in the VIP Porsche with starting number one.

Philipp Peter (winner): "The start was decisive. In the first corner I kept my nerve, although several competitors were attacking hard. Afterwards I controlled the race."

Christian Menzel (third): "I had no chance to really take second place from Marc Lieb, and there was no pressure from behind, so I drove my own race. We found a wonderful set-up which I will surely use in the upcoming round of the national Carrera Cup."

Alessandro Zampedri (eighth): "I'm happy to take ten points home from the Nurburgring, especially considering it doesn't suit me at all. In the first three laps I experienced brutal understeering, that's why Collard was able to pass me.."

Mark Warnecke (13th place): "Thomas Bleiner drove into the rear of my car in the first lap. I spun and found myself in the gravel. Luckily I made it back to the track, then I went for it - it was probably the best race I've ever had. It was fantastic."

Katja Poensgen (18th): "My learning curve is still steeply pointing upwards, during the race I drove my fastest lap of the weekend. It's a pity I can't continue Porsche racing now. Another competitor held me up for ages but I didn't want to attack too hard, because after all he's in it for the points, I am in it for the fun."

Race Result:
1. Philipp Peter (MC), Infineon-Team Farnbacher 29:52.901
2. Marc Lieb (D), UPS Porsche-Junior Team, 0.878 secs behind
3. Christian Menzel (D), Tolimit Motorsport, 2.298
4. Timo Bernhard (D), PZ Rhein-Oberberg, 2.684
5. Marcel Tiemann (MC), Software AG, 8.246
6. Emmanuel Collard (F), Kwikpower XS Racing, 8.795
7. Stphane Ortelli (MC), Kadach Tuning, 10.025
8. Alessandro Zampedri (I), PZ Rhein-Oberberg, 13.492
9. Christophe Bouchut (F), Larbre Comptition, 15.968
10. Cyrille Sauvage (F), Kwikpower XS Racing, 20.728

Drivers' standings
1 Zampedri 69
2 Ortelli 60
3 Bernhard 59
4 Peter 58
5 Werner 54
Tiemann 54
7 Henzler 48
8 Bouchut 38
Seefried 38
10 Sauvage 33
11 Collard 32
12 Westbrook 25

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Series General
Drivers Marcel Tiemann , Emmanuel Collard , Timo Bernhard , Marco Werner , Christophe Bouchut , Marc Lieb , Cyrille Sauvage , Philipp Peter , Christian Menzel