Two races in Abu Dhabi -Jeroen Bleekemolen once again champion The final two rounds of the race season took place this weekend, six weeks after the Monza race, at the new Formula 1 circuit in Abu Dhabi (UAE). Rene Rast (Germany) may have ...
Two races in Abu Dhabi -Jeroen Bleekemolen once again champion
The final two rounds of the race season took place this weekend, six weeks after the Monza race, at the new Formula 1 circuit in Abu Dhabi (UAE). Rene Rast (Germany) may have celebrated his sixth win of the season in Race 1, however the championship title went once again to Jeroen Bleekemolen, who secured pole position for the first of the final two rounds of the popular brand trophy series. The Konrad Motorsport Dutchman was later declared the winner of race 2 following a penalty after a collision. Richard Westbrook finished today's race in 3rd.
The weather was a pleasant 28-32 degrees Centigrade for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season finale. The two SPS Tudor drivers arrived in Abu Dhabi with high hopes, with Patrick Huisman (130 points) in 4th place overall in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup championship, and Richard Williams in 9th with 74 points. Huisman finished the two races in 7th and 13th, resulting in an 8th position overall, while Williams finished the races in 13th and 10th, for a final ranking in 14th place.
Bleekemolen said of his Championship win, that it was "a fantastic race and a super fight with Rene. I was slightly quicker after the start while he picked up the pace later on. I'm very pleased to have won. It was very tough. It's great to conclude such a successful season with a victory - you can't ask for better than that."
Rene Rast, 2nd in Race 2 and in the Championship overall, said, "of course, I would have loved to have won and I actually think I was faster than Jeroen. But what does it matter - it wasn't so bad today. I'm very happy with the vice-championship and six wins this season."
Richard Westbrook remarked that, "third place is a wonderful success for the team. The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is one of the most fiercely-contested series, so I knew that Jeroen and Rene would be hard to beat. They are the quickest drivers so you don't get to overtake them so easily. Still, it was an extremely encouraging and motivating race."
Tudor driver Patrick Huisman said, "I like the layout of Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit. It does not look difficult but in fact it is technical. It was difficult to find the best combination for maximum grip in the very low speed corners. Overall, the trend was positive and it's a happy ending even if there was no way we could improve the car yesterday. Race 1 was good fun: I finished 7th but I had the pace to be 4th or 5th. In fact, our race stopped when the pace car was deployed. Then the tyre pressure dropped and this destroyed our race. In Race 2 the result does not look fantastic but I earned a few points. A pity I had an off at one time because our car was going well- I did not restart on the spot and lost 12 seconds at least. That is what made the difference."
His teammate, Richard Williams, said: "This weekend represented one of the biggest challenges of the season as none of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup drivers knew the track. We discovered the new track and it is brilliant. I did not expect the first very flowing section nor the long straight. The second sector is also interesting with a large number of chicanes. It's a combination that makes every race interesting. I am not happy with my result on Saturday and the whole weekend was frustrating as we could not maximize the car. But it's still a happy ending and I had a fantastic race on this brilliant track. See you next year."