Victory and second place for Pierre Ehret in the Porsche Sports Cup Series
Pierre Ehret's start at the fourth round of the Porsche Sports Cup at Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) was successful afterall.
With the team of Farnbacher Racing ,Ehret participated in two sprint races of the Porsche Sports Cup as well as in the 120 minutes race of the endurance category. Here he intended to start with his teamchef Horst Farnbacher, but unfortunately this did not work out, since Farnbacher did not get his racing licence in time.
During qualifying of the Super Sports Cup on Saturday Pierre Ehret managed the overall best time and placed himself in the pole-position of the first race. "The Michelin tires are very good and contributed to the good pole time", stated Ehret after qualifying. And indeed he could be happy, since he was about three seconds in front of the second placed Leinemann.
For the first race on Saturday afternoon Pierre Ehret took the lead immediately after the start with his Porsche 996 GT3 RSR and celebrated the win at last. The second race on Sunday, a wet race, promised to be perfect too as Ehret again led the grid. But during the stint the car developed more and more an understeer and from behind Heinz-Bert Wolters increased the pressure on Ehret. During the last lap of the race at the last chicane right before the finish line Ehret left a bit too much room for the second placed Wolters, so that he managed to pass Ehret in the end.. Nevertheless the second place was a good success and proved Ehret's perfect performance, which he already had shown during the last race of the Le Mans Series at Donington.
During the Porsche Endurance race Ehret was the unfortunate one.. After qualifying on Sunday morning he started fourth on the grid. Right at the start Ehret moved into the third position, placing himself behind a GT2 turbo. The ensuing fight for Ehret to pass Number 2 elated the spectators around the track. But in lap six Ehret had to give up the race. While overtaking the second placed car, his opponent lost control of the car and spun in front of Ehret. Ehret was not able to avoid crashing into his opponent, breaking his front left radiator. "I pitted at once and the crew of Farnbacher Racing repaired the damage. After a 15 minute pit stop, Ehret went out again to make sure the engine was still operating properly, after that he came back into the box and parked the car. "We were not sure if all the cooling level had been restored again, and we did not want to take a chance in blowing the engine by continuing, given our upcoming last race in the Le Mans series." A pity, since a spot on the podium would have been quite possible for the endurance specialist.
His next race will be during the weekend of the 22nd to 24th of september for the final round of the Le Mans Series at Jarama (E).
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