Marco Werner repeats last year's win, Ortelli takes points lead. Zeltweg/Stuttgart. Marco Werner (Germany) repeated his A1-Ring result from last year and won the third round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup today. In the first corner after the...
Marco Werner repeats last year's win, Ortelli takes points lead.
Zeltweg/Stuttgart. Marco Werner (Germany) repeated his A1-Ring result from last year and won the third round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup today. In the first corner after the start the 36-year-old professional racer snatched the lead from his team mate Philipp Peter (Monaco) who, after starting from pole, braked too late and fell back. Timo Bernhard (Germany) took up the 16 lap sprint from third and finished second to take his second podium result of the season after finishing third in Imola. Stephane Ortelli (Monaco) crossed the finish line third behind Bernhard, which was enough to take the points' lead from Alessandro Zampedri (Italy). The Italian had started from sixth place to finish ninth after a hard duel with German Marco Seefried.
Philipp Peter was caught up in a mid-field fracas and came away with tyre damage. After a pit stop in lap three Peter began a furious chase which earned him the fastest lap time and resulted in 16th position.
Supercup newcomer Marcel Tiemann (Monaco) pocketed his best result to date with fourth, followed by two other novices to the series, the French ex-Formula 3000 driver Cyrille Savage and Britain's Richard Westbrook in fifth and sixth respectively.
Frenchman Christophe Bouchut spun after a hard fight with Australia's Alexander Davison with both drivers retiring from the race.
Heinz Kinigadner, the double world motocross champion, retired after spinning and connecting with the barrier in lap 13. For his VIP team mate, Gustl Auinger - Austria's popular former national motorbike champion - the race also ended in the same lap after Wolf Henzler's Carrera shunted Auinger from the track.
Marco Werner (winner): "When I saw that Philipp was out I concentrated on building the gap to the others. Then the safety car came out for laps three and four after Istvan Racz's Porsche spun and came to a standstill on a dangerous part of the circuit. So I lost my advantage again. When the race went green again I took it easy on my tyres and suspension to prepare for an attack from Timo or Stephane. I want to thank my team for their terrific work on my car. Thanks also to Infineon for my ticket to Le Mans..."
Timo Bernhard (second): "My car performed considerably better than in Barcelona, but Marco was simply quicker and I had no chance to catch him today. I avoided taking any risks because I wanted to finish on the podium."
Stephane Ortelli (third): "In the first lap I attacked Timo hard. We both braked extremely late and I was alongside him with my right wheels off the circuit in the gravel. So for the next three laps the tyres weren+t performing optimally. By the time they were up to pace Timo was long gone."
Cyrille Sauvage (fifth): "It's unbelievable how aggressively they drive here - the cars touch and you have to fight hard when someone attacks. Coming from Formula 3000 I'm not used to that. I always kept an eye on Richard Westbrook in my rear vision mirror - he was close enough to make a move. I'm lucky to be fifth."
Richard Westbrook (sixth): "Only last night we found out that my differential wasn't functioning perfectly. So we built in a new one overnight, but now our set-up was wrong for the new diff. But I'm pleased to know why the car hasn't been running perfectly since the first round." <pre> Race Result: 1. Marco Werner (D), Infineon Team 27:06.472 minutes 2. Timo Bernhard (D), PZ Rhein-Oberberg 2.146 seconds behind 3. Stephane Ortelli (MC), Kadach Tuning 6.404 4. Marcel Tiemann (MC),Manthey Racing 11.925 5. Cyrille Sauvage (F), Kwikpower XS Racing 14.763 6. Richard Westbrook (GB), Kadach Tuning 15.973 7. Xavier Pompidou (F), Kwikpower XS Racing 20.930 8. Toto Wolff (A), Infineon Team 22.002 9. Alessandro Zampedri (I), PZ Rhein-Oberberg 22.450 10. Marco Seefried (D), Kadach Tuning 22.871
1 Ortelli 48 2 Zampedri 45 3 Bernhard 41 4 Werner 38 5 Henzler 30 6 Tiemann 26 7 Seefried 23 8 Bouchut 20 Westbrook 20 10 Sauvage 19