Third Win of the Season for Frank Stippler - Gap of Top Three narrows Frank Stippler (Germany) turned his pole position at the eight round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup into a light to flag win. The race winner from Austria and Silverstone ...
Third Win of the Season for Frank Stippler - Gap of Top Three narrows
Frank Stippler (Germany) turned his pole position at the eight round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup into a light to flag win. The race winner from Austria and Silverstone withstood Patrick Huisman's pressure over 14 out of 15 laps. When Huisman (Netherlands) spun, Klaus Graf (Germany) took over the second position in the penultimate lap. Huisman finished third in a race that took place in simmering heat at far over 30 degrees Celsius.
Over most of the distance Pierre Kaffer and Wolf Henzler (both Germany) battled for fourth position. In the eleventh lap it took all of Kaffer's skill and luck to find an answer to Henzler's attack, after Kaffer's 911 came sideways accelerating from a corner. In the last lap Henzler lost his fifth position to Mike Rockenfeller (Germany). Rockenfeller had made his way up through the field of 24 cars from the last starting place. Having qualified for the fourth starting place, the 19-year-old German had to take up the race from the last place on the grid, after the ride height of his Porsche was found to be too low.
In the drivers' points Henzler retains his lead. Pierre Kaffer reduced his handicap from eight to four points. Frank Stippler as the third placed driver shortened the difference to Kaffer to just four points.
The ninth round will take place as support to the Hungarian GP at Budapest on 24 August.
Frank Stippler (race winner): "That was tough. My car was perfect, I had a set of fresh tyres. Still I had no chance to drive my own race, because Patrick kept me under pressure. I had to cut over the kerbs all the way, and therefore I was very concerned about my tyres. After the finish one of my tyres lost pressure. I am curious now what the cause was."
Patrick Huisman (third): "I was less than half a second behind Frank when my car began to come slightly sideways. First I thought I had a slow puncture. But then I spun, and I saw a spray of coolant coming from my rearwheel. So I knew that a radiator pipe had come loose. Luckily I made it to the finish."
Wolf Henzler (sixth): "That was everything but easy. Immediately after the start one of the Lechner cars bumped into me. In the last lap Rockenfeller's Porsche touched my car, and afterwards one of my tyres rubbed on the body of my car. Still, I am leaving Hockenheim as the points leader, that's what counts." <pre> Race Result: 1. Frank Stippler (Germany) Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM 28.11:023min 2. Klaus Graf (Germany) Tolimit Motorsport 0.432sec behind 3. Patrick Huisman (Netherlands) DeWalt Racing/PZRO-JAM 5.362 4. Pierre Kaffer (Germany) Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM 5.763 5. Mike Rockenfeller (Germany) UPS Porsche-Junior Team 8.073 6. Wolf Henzler (Germany) Aqua Nova Racing Team Kadach 9.256 7. Tim Bergmeister (Germany) Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM 17.021 8. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (Netherlands) Team Bleekemolen 24.770 9. Alessandro Zampedri (Italy) DeWalt Racing/PZRO-JAM 26.041 10. Angelo Lancelotti (Italy) Conrero Squadra Corse 27.358
Driver's standings 1 Henzler 124 2 Kaffer 118 3 Stippler 114 4 Huisman 88 5 Lechner 81 6 Graf 63 7 S. Bleekemolen 54 8 Zampedri 51 9 Bergmeister 49 10 Studenic 47