Frank Stippler wins - Wolf Henzler defends points' lead Frank Stippler (Germany) scored his second victory of the season at the seventh round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup in Silverstone. Starting from second on the grid Stippler took the...
Frank Stippler wins - Wolf Henzler defends points' lead
Frank Stippler (Germany) scored his second victory of the season at the seventh round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup in Silverstone. Starting from second on the grid Stippler took the lead immediately when pole-sitter Patrick Huisman fell back into the field with a faulty clutch. Over the entire 12-lap distance Stippler was under intense pressure from Mike Rockenfeller (Germany) but defended his lead and finished ahead of the 19-year-old guest driver. With this win, Stippler, who ranks third overall in the series, closes the gap to points' leader Wolf Henzler to 18 points.
Third place went to the reigning Supercup winner Stephane Ortelli (Monaco). Coming from fifth on the grid Ortelli overtook Wolf Henzler right at the start while Henzler was engaged in a hefty duel with Rockenfeller.
Patrick Long (USA), who competed as a guest like his team-mate Mike Rockenfeller, finished fourth ahead of Pierre Kaffer and points' leader Wolf Henzler. Henzler had fallen back from the fourth to sixth place in lap ten when his Porsche slid on coolant from Mike Heupel's 911. Heupel, who also started as a guest and is not eligible for points, delivered a very tough fight with Patrick Huisman for ninth place. The duel ended with both drivers retiring after Heupel rammed Huisman's car.
Finishing ninth, Richard Westbrook was the fastest of the strong British contigent which competed at Silverstone with the support of Porsche Cars Great Britain. Porsche Michelin Carrera Cup Britain points' leader Barry Horne finished 14th. VIP driver Robbie Kerr saw the chequered flag 25th one lap behind the winner after he was pushed off the track by a competitor in the first lap. Former motorcycle ace Aaron Slight (Monaco) suffered from a fellow competitor's driving error and brought his badly bruised Porsche over the finish line 18th.
The next round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup will take place on the 3rd of August at the German Grand Prix.
Frank Stippler (winner): "I drove a perfect race with fresh tyres which was absolutely necessary because even the smallest mistake would have been enough for Mike to pass me. My 20 points add a bit more suspense to the championship."
Stephane Ortelli (third): "That was great fun. Frank and Mike were kept busy with each other in front of me and I had the feeling that I was a bit faster. But I didn't want to risk anything in attacking." <pre> Race result: 1. Frank Stippler (Germany) Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM 23:47.415min 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 6. Wolf Henzler (Germany) Aqua Nova Racing Team Kadach 6.836 7. Walter Lechner jr. (Austria) Walter Lechner Racing School Team 7.594 8. Alessandro Zampedri (Italy) DeWalt Racing/PZRO-JAM 10.158 9. Richard Westbrook (United Kingdom) Porsche Cars Great Britain 14.808 10. Tim Bergmeister (Germany) Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM 17.445
Driver's standings 1 Henzler 112 2 Kaffer 104 3 Stippler 94 4 Lechner 79 5 Huisman 72 6 Graf 45 S. Bleekemolen 45 8 Zampedri 43 9 Studenic 41 10 Bergmeister 39