Fourth win for Stippler - Two competitors share same points tally at the top Frank Stippler from Germany led the field from the green light to chequered flag to win the ninth round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup on the Hungaroring near...
Fourth win for Stippler - Two competitors share same points tally at the top
Frank Stippler from Germany led the field from the green light to chequered flag to win the ninth round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup on the Hungaroring near Budapest. From pole position the 28-year-old outpaced Stephane Ortelli, who had taken up the race from second, in the sprint to the first corner. When Ortelli attempted to attack the leader in the second lap he left the circuit and lost the front spoiler of his Porsche. With heavy understeer the Monegasque fell back to finish seventh.
Pierre Kaffer (Germany) secured second and kept his team mate Stippler under pressure. Until the 13th of 16 laps there was never more than 0.6 seconds between the two 911s. Kaffer then lost direct contact to Stippler when his Porsche developed gearshift problems.
Alessandro Zampedri from Italy finished the sprint in third position, scoring his best result of the year. Points' leader Wolf Henzler (Germany) secured fifth place behind Patrick Huisman (Netherlands) coming from seventh on the grid.
With three rounds left on the calendar, Wolf Henzler and Pierre Kaffer share the same points tally at the top of the drivers' standings. With his fourth win of the season Frank Stippler closed the gap to the leaders and now sits just two points in arrears.
Frank Stippler (winner): "The race showed how important our test on the Hungaroring was. When I saw Pierre in the mirror in the second lap I felt relieved and conserved my tyres. We'd seen in the test that the tyres can reach their limit in the last one or two laps."
Alessandro Zampedri (third): "I got a fright in the opening phase when Ortelli tried to overtake Stippler, left the track and shot back over the asphalt. Later I was able to overtake him at an unusual point in the very quick uphill left, then I stayed behind Pierre and Frank waiting for them to make a mistake - but they didn't do me that favour. Towards the end I experienced problems selecting third and fourth gear, but I desperately wanted to be on the podium."
Wolf Henzler (fifth): "This was a troublesome weekend with the messed up free practice and not a good starting position. I experienced strong understeer in the first six laps but then the situation improved. Now things are getting tight in the points, but I'm really looking forward to the last two races at Indianapolis because I know that our strongest competitors had no chance to test there so they will not have their usual advantage." <pre> Race Result: 1. Frank Stippler (Germany) Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM 30:53.709min 2. Pierre Kaffer (Germany) Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM 2.044sec behind 3. Alessandro Zampedri (Italy) DeWalt Racing/PZRO-JAM 5.490 4. Patrick Huisman (Netherlands) DeWalt Racing/PZRO-JAM 6.137 5. Wolf Henzler (Germany) Aqua Nova Racing Team Kadach 6.849 6. Walter Lechner jr. (Austria) Walter Lechner Racing School Team 7.329 7. Stephane Ortelli (Monaco) Walter Lechner Racing School Team 13.437 8. Istvan Racz (Hungary) Porsche AG 21.187 9. Angelo Lancelotti (Italy) Conrero Squadra Corse 23.069 10. Tim Bergmeister (Germany) Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM 32.224
Driver's standings 1 Kaffer 136 Henzler 136 3 Stippler 134 4 Huisman 102 5 Lechner 91 6 Zampedri 67 7 Graf 63 8 Bergmeister 56 9 S. Bleekemolen 54 10 Studenic 51
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