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SILVERSTONE, U.K. American Patrick Long put in another impressive performance in the Michelin Porsche Supercup series, scoring a close fourth place finish at Silverstone last weekend. Racing in front of a huge F1 crowd on hand for British Grand...

SILVERSTONE, U.K. American Patrick Long put in another impressive performance in the Michelin Porsche Supercup series, scoring a close fourth place finish at Silverstone last weekend.

Racing in front of a huge F1 crowd on hand for British Grand Prix, Long started the race from 7th on the grid, a bit of a disappointment after starting from the pole in his previous two races. He perfectly judged the start and moved past two cars on the lap one, including a dramatic pass of Pierre Kaffer on the outside of Silverstone's fast first turn. A few laps later, Long pressured Wolf Henzler into a small mistake and slipped into fourth spot.

Next, Long set after the leading trio and quickly reeled them in, challenging Stephane Ortelli for third. However, when Ortelli aggressively closed the door on Long's attempted pass, the cars touched, puncturing the Long's radiator. From that point, Long was driving on his own leaking coolant. He crossed the finish line in fourth, two seconds behind Ortelli.

"I made a mistake in qualifying and that cost me," Long said. "But the car performed perfectly and I raced aggressively. I was very quick mid-race, and when I caught the lead pack, I thought I could make the podium, perhaps even win. But once coolant began leaking on my tires, I couldn't keep up the pace. With my teammate Mike Rockenfeller getting second, it was a great overall result for the team."

Long also races for the Porsche factory as a member of the UPS-Porsche Junior team in the German Carrera Cup. He is currently fifth in the Carrera Cup championship, most recently winning from pole position at the Norisring circuit. His next Supercup race will be at Hockenheim at the German GP. He is also scheduled to be a guest driver in the British Carrera Cup at the upcoming round at Snetterton.

Race result:
1. Frank Stippler (Germany), Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM, 12 laps in 23:47.415min (=155.324kmh)
2. Mike Rockenfeller (Germany), UPS Porsche-Junior Team, 0.617sec behind
3. Stephane Ortelli (Monaco), Walter Lechner Racing School Team, 0.954
4.Patrick Long (USA), UPS Porsche-Junior Team, 3.097
5. Pierre Kaffer (Germany), Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM, 3.276

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Drivers Stéphane Ortelli , Patrick Long , Mike Rockenfeller , Pierre Kaffer , Wolf Henzler , Frank Stippler