More points for TUDOR'S Huisman and Williams at Silverstone June 21, 2009 Free Practice: P4 Patrick Huisman (1.54.125) / P7 Richard Williams (1.54.192) Qualifying: P4 Richard Williams (1.51.484) / P7 Patrick Huisman (1.51.745) Race: P4 Patrick...
More points for TUDOR'S Huisman and Williams at Silverstone
June 21, 2009
Free Practice: P4 Patrick Huisman (1.54.125) / P7 Richard Williams
Qualifying: P4 Richard Williams (1.51.484) / P7 Patrick Huisman (1.51.745)
Race: P4 Patrick Huisman / P12 Richard Williams
Sunday, June 21, 2009 - Two weeks after the hot Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup round in Istanbul, where the two drivers sponsored by Tudor, 42-year-old Patrick Huisman and 31-year-old Richard Williams (SPS Performance) totalled 61 points and 21 points respectively after five races, the Tudor drivers again finished well at Silverstone: a 4th place for Patrick Huisman and a 12th place for Richard Williams.
It was an exciting finish when reigning champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, 22-year-old German Rene Rast finally made it to pass Jeroen Bleekemolen and cross the finish 0.736s ahead of the current Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup leader. In the last lap, James Sutton, a guest driver for this round of the championship took the third step of the podium.
Qualifying was strong for Richard Williams who out-qualified his team-mate for the first time this season and maintained P4 while Patrick Huisman was in P7.
The winner of the race Rene Rast (Veltins MRS Racing) said: "I am very pleased to win this race. I had wheel-spin at the start and two guys overtook me. Then I slightly touched Richard Williams, but luckily it was not too bad. In the middle of the race, I thought it was over as I noticed that my tyres were starting to give me problems. In the three last laps I thought I had nothing to lose and pushed hard. I gambled on a very late braking on lap 12 of 14 and managed to take the lead. I hope I can dominate like this again at the Nurburgring in three weeks - I like it there!"
Jeroen Bleekemolen (Konrad Motorsport) the leader of the Championship said, "I finish second and am still leading the championship by far which is the main thing. The race was not fantastic for me. I was on the wrong side for the start and picked up a lot of dirt from the GP2 racers. The car had no grip. I did not want to risk too much. I am happy with the points. I won at the Nurburgring two years ago with Porsche already, so it should be ok for me there."
Tudor driver Patrick Huisman said, "It is a good result to finish fourth behind a guest driver who does not score points and I take the points for third place which is excellent for our position in the championship. It was a difficult race where Richard Williams was pushed at the start by Rast. He did not see me when he came back on track and I went on the grass. I managed to get back in the race, but my tyres were gone. It's a happy ending before Nurburgring, our team's home race. Otherwise, the whole weekend went well. I was P2 throughout most of the free practice session and this was quite encouraging. After that, the team made some adjustments working on the roll-bars. But the changes on the car did not work as we expected and the car was a bit solid on the rear and we dropped to P4. In fact, the rear shock absorbers had lowered by two millimetres although initially the balance was ok. I was hoping to correct these problems for qualifying but I only qualified in P7 with a time of 1.51.745."
As for Richard Williams, he also had a good start to the weekend and was P7 in the practice session. He qualified a strong 4th but finished a disappointing 12th after he had to serve a drive thru for jumping the start.
Richard Williams commented, "I suppose I was too eager to start and too quickly! So I lost time in the stop and go. I also got hit by Rene Rast but it was not too serious of a problem except keeping on the track and losing time again. Otherwise I like Silvestone and the high-speeds - the Becketts curve is my favourite. I realise that I was always fast in the third sector all weekend. In the first session, I was close to my team-mate Patrick Huisman. Overall I am happy because we could maximize our effort for qualifying and this shows that we know how to find the missing speed. Qualifying in P4 in front of my British fans and friends was great and I am scoring points for the team despite a difficult race."
Round seven of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place at the Nurburgring, Germany, over the weekend of 10-12 July 2009.
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