PATRICK HUISMAN FINISHES 6TH AT THE NURBURGRING NURBURGRING, By finishing Sunday's seventh round of the 2008 Porsche Carrera Cup at the Nurburgring in sixth position, Patrick Huisman is now in a strong sixth position as well in the championship.
PATRICK HUISMAN FINISHES 6TH AT THE NURBURGRING
NURBURGRING, By finishing Sunday's seventh round of the 2008 Porsche Carrera Cup at the Nurburgring in sixth position, Patrick Huisman is now in a strong sixth position as well in the championship. As Huisman enjoyed a strong start of the weekend in Friday's free practise sessions, he was a bit disappointed only to qualify in P10 on Saturday afternoon. Though the Hermes Attempto Racing driver initially suffered from a troubled start and lost some positions, he was able to recover during the 23-lap race and finish in 6th position.
FREE PRACTISE & QUALIFYING
With many races already contended on the famous Nurburgring in both the Porsche Super Cup and Carrera Cup, Huisman proved to be `lord of the ring' in Friday's free practises. In the morning session, Huisman set the 3rd quickest lap time. With the knowledge of being on the pace at the 3,629 meter long circuit, Huisman completed the second session on used tyres. As many other drivers put on new tyres, he only clocked the 14th lap time. Though satisfied with his overall performance, Huisman requested his team to alter his set-up a bit overnight in order to further improve his performance. Miscommunication within the team ahead of Saturday's qualifying session, meant that Huisman was not informed that his requested changes were indeed looked after. With the belief his car was set up in the same way as the day before, Huisman was not able to maximise his efforts in the 30 minutes session and qualified in P10. As times were once again very close, Huisman felt disappointed as he thought he could have ended higher up on Sunday's grid.
Eager to gain positions during the 23-lap race, Huisman revved up his Porsche 911 GT3 at the start but nearly stalled his engine. Though things got close in the tight Mercedes Arena, he stayed out of trouble until Chris Mamerow spun halfway the opening lap. Huisman unfortunately opted to choose the wrong side to pass the spun car and lost three positions because of this. As it seemed that all drivers were pretty much locked up in their positions throughout the remainder of the race, Huisman could only stay focussed, push hard and wait until others would make mistakes. As several drivers were called in for a drive-through penalty or didn't finish the race, Huisman eventually finished in sixth position. By scoring points in six out of the seven races so far this year, Huisman is still in a strong sixth position in the current drivers standings.
PATRICK HUISMAN: "A shame we messed up our qualifying a bit, as we showed to be on the pace this weekend. The team changed a few substantial things on my car, such as the ride height and camber, but forgot to inform me. Therefore I didn't adapt my driving style to these changes and could not maximise the peak of my new tyres. In Sunday's race I lost a few positions in the hectic opening stages, but wasn't able to fight my way back as easily as I hoped as my rear tyres lost grip after 4-5 lap. In the remaining races I hope to improve our qualifying performance as it will make life much easier in the races. No worries yes, as we've got quite a few weeks to analyze things and work on that before our next race in Barcelona."