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PATRICK HUISMAN PLACES 6TH IN MONACO! MONACO, 27 MAI 2006 - Patrick Huisman came in 6th at the Michelin Porsche Supercup race in Monaco. The Lechner Racing School Team driver started from P8 and could advance 2 more places during the race. In...

PATRICK HUISMAN PLACES 6TH IN MONACO!

MONACO, 27 MAI 2006 - Patrick Huisman came in 6th at the Michelin Porsche Supercup race in Monaco. The Lechner Racing School Team driver started from P8 and could advance 2 more places during the race. In the race for the championship, Huisman placed 5th overall with a total of 56 points.

Patrick Huisman is known as Mister Porsche. He dominated the Porsche Supercup by winning 4 championships in a row between 1997 and 2000. After this he switched to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) and drove for Mercedes for 2 years, In 2003 he finally found his way back to his old racing class. The inhabitant of Hengelo (NL) was 2nd overall last year with Lechner Racing School Team and team up with the Italian Zampedri again this year. With 22 victories, he is by far the most successful driver in the field.

Huisman came to the princedom at the French Cote d'Azur full of self confidence. Last year he had been able to score the pole position and win the race as well. Just like all the other drivers, Huisman used the only free practice session to get used to the track that is being used by the Porsche Supercup as part of the pre-racing program of the Formula 1. Because the track in Monaco is being used once a year only, it offers very little grip in the beginning and lap times become better and better the more the track has been in use. At the end of the free practice, Huisman's fastest lap was at 1.39:220 (P2), second only his teammate Alessandro Zampedri.

In the qualifying, Huisman did not wait for any of his competitors to make a move but caught a fast start himself. After 2 laps he scored the preliminary pole and was able to improve his time lap by lap in the beginning of the session. 3 red flags made it impossible for Huisman to advance even more. After Philip Beyrer spun off the track by the Casino after only 6 minutes, Huisman collided with Maher Algadri of Morellato Stars by the Mirabeau. The two of them them luckly were able to continue the race until the Indonesian spun off the track 2 laps later and Huisman was not able to evade a crash. Huisman's car was heavly damaged after the crash and he slowly fell back to the 8th place. Although Huisman had only done a few laps, he still was the fastest Dutchman in the field.

In the race, Huisman caught a good start. Because the rest of the field also started well, he was not able to improve his position in the first lap. At the end of the second lap things went wrong between Geoffroy Horion and Huisman. The Belgian Monegasque suddenly drove his car to the inside of the track where Huisman was and crashed into the wall. A few laps later, Huisman's teammate Zampedri spun off the track and Huisman advanced one more place. He then drove behind Menzel and tried to take on the German. The driver of Tolimit Motorsport undertook a number of breall tests through which the radiator of Huisman was heavily damaged. After 16 laps, Huisman finally finished 6th.

PATRICK HUISMAN: 'I have mixed feelings about this weekend. I was able to sneak through the race with a lot of damages to my car. The slow guest driver Algadri was a driving obstacle for me during the qualifying. Too bad, because I could have definitely gone for the pole. In the race I could not really advance because the track is just to narrow for that. Luckily I was still able to gain two places but Menzel tried to keep me from 5th place with his constant break tests. When my radiator was broken I really could not attach anymore and had to just finish the race. I hope that we will be able to compete at the next race in Silverstone again because this Porsche definitely makes the pace to win!'

-patrickhuisman.com

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