PATRICK HUISMAN SUFFERS SLOW START OF THE 2008 MOBIL 1 PORSCHE SUPERCUP BAHRAIN, APRIL 062008 Patrick Huisman had to overcome lots of technical trouble during this weekend's season opening races of the Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup. Already in the...
PATRICK HUISMAN SUFFERS SLOW START OF THE 2008 MOBIL 1 PORSCHE SUPERCUP
BAHRAIN, APRIL 062008 Patrick Huisman had to overcome lots of technical trouble during this weekend's season opening races of the Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup. Already in the free practise session on Friday, the four times champion suffered from handling problems during braking with his IRWIN Racing Porsche with number 27. Even though his team tried every possible action to address the problems, IRWIN Racing could not solve them in time for this weekend double season opener. Huisman therefore was condemned to race down the pack instead of fighting for victory.
FREE PRACTISE & QUALIFYING:
While braking for several turns at the Herman Tilke designed Grand Prix track, Huisman's yellow/blue Porsche felt inconsistent from the beginning of the weekend. As a result, the 41-year old ace blocked his rear wheels continuously disabling him to set competitive lap times. After the free practise session the team therefore decided to change his rear brake disks and shock absorber. In the short qualifying session on Saturday morning, Huisman quickly discovered that the problems had not been solved. With no margin to work on the car during the session, Huisman had to settle for respectively the 16th and 18th grid slot for the races on Saturday and Sunday. After the qualifying session ended, IRWIN Racing again worked hard to track and solve the problem.
RACE 01 & 02:
Having started from 16th position, Huisman was extremely eager to maximise his efforts in Saturday first race. As he still suffered from the same car handling problems, Huisman lost two positions at the start before refinding himself and showing an incredible race pace. As the 12-lap race progressed, Huisman was able to overtake an impressive number of drivers in order to finish in 7th position and scoring his first points of the season.
On Sunday morning, Huisman again looked to repeat his stunning performance from the day before as he again worked his way through the field up to P10. Though Huisman struggled a bit to really drive the car at the limit, he was able to take advantage of the errors of others. A race incident in the final stages of the 12-lap race however, put him down to 13th position at the finish.
PATRICK HUISMAN: "I think I can say I didn't really enjoy the start of the season as I was hoping for before travelling to Bahrain. Our speed is quite okay though, my team mate David proved that by clocking the fastest lap time in the first race. A shame the team and I couldn't solve the trouble we ran into this weekend. In the races I did my utmost and still score some points. Ahead of our next race in Barcelona we will schedule a test to hunt down these problems. I'm confident that by the time we get to Barcelona we will have everything sorted out."