Good race for Tudor's Huisman and Williams at the Nurburgring Circuit Sunday, July 12, 2009 - It may be July, but conditions in Germany's Eifel Mountains had more in common with autumn or winter as teams prepared for round 7 of the Porsche Mobil...
Good race for Tudor's Huisman and Williams at the Nurburgring Circuit
Sunday, July 12, 2009 - It may be July, but conditions in Germany's Eifel Mountains had more in common with autumn or winter as teams prepared for round 7 of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Series at the Nurburgring circuit. With ambient temperatures barely hitting 10 degrees, and drizzle a constant possibility, the Tudor drivers Huisman and Williams were among those that adapted comfortably to a familiar circuit during the Friday afternoon free practice session. Final results of today's race saw Rene Rast (GER) take the top position followed by Stefan Rosina (SVK) in second, and Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED) in third. The two drivers sponsored by Tudor, 42-year-old Patrick Huisman and 31-year-old Richard Williams (SPS Performance), placed 4th and 6th respectively, with Austrian Norbert Siedler between them.
A new qualifying format with two sessions was introduced on Saturday, making the fight for pole position in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup even more exciting for Sunday's race on the Nurburgring. Remaining unchanged is the first 25-minute session where all drivers compete to set the fastest lap. After a five-minute break, only the top ten on the time sheet may go back out on the track to spend the next 15 minutes fighting for the top ten grid positions. The Tudor SPS drivers Patrick Huisman and Richard Williams qualified in P13 and P8 while reigning champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, 22-year-old German Rene Rast (Veltins MRS Racing) qualified in pole.
From the pole to the top step of the podium, Rene Rast (Veltins MRS Racing) dominated the course and said: "I am very pleased to have started from pole and to have won this race. It was not easy at the start and I was fighting with Jeroen Bleekemolen. We even touched a bit. But then after the third lap I was in front and I controlled the race. We had the best car and that helped a bit. I hope I'll be as untouchable in Hungary. It is true this time I pushed very hard, tried and managed to build the gap."
Tudor driver Patrick Huisman said, "It is a good result to finish fourth but I felt bad for the Tudor team. It is now two races in a row that the car is better than I am and I feel sorry. This time I had a very severe ear infection and also my qualifying in P13 did not help. I would have liked a better ending and I would have liked to be on the podium for this Nurburgring race, our team's home race, but in the end, my result is a great achievement that keeps us in the top three in the Championship- a good thing ahead of Hungary."
As for Richard Williams, he also had a good weekend overall and was P8 in the qualifying session and finished the race in a strong sixth place. Richard Williams said, "I was really happy to receive the Grantour Tudor watch at the start of the weekend and I was in good shape during part of the weekend. Today, I am a bit disappointed because I was running in P4, higher than my finish position for the major part of the race. I had a good start, but I could not progress nor contain Huisman nor Siedler later in the race. It was difficult at the end of the race. I hope for good results in Hungary in two weeks' time. I already had good results there and I am looking forward to going back to the Hungarian track."
Round eight of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will take place in Budapest over the weekend of 24-26 July 2009.