Basseng shows performance of Muhlner Porsche in Oschersleben Haring scores also points in the FIA European GT3 Championship Francorchamps / Oschersleben. The Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium based Muhlner Motorsport Team ran a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S...
Basseng shows performance of Muhlner Porsche in Oschersleben
Haring scores also points in the FIA European GT3 Championship
Francorchamps / Oschersleben. The Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium based Muhlner Motorsport Team ran a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S in the German round of the FIA European GT championship in Oschersleben.
Although Muhlner Motorsport had already demonstrated the potential of the Porsche Cup S at the circuit in the Magdeburger Borde in 2008 and at the opening round of the 2009 ADAC GT-Masters, with Tim Bergmeister and Frank Schmickler scoring two second places against strong competition, the team were unable to find drivers to crew the number 18 car.
The number 19 car was driven by Jurgen Haring who, after a one-off race in 2008, has now fully docked into the Muhlner team for 2009 and will run in the Porsche Sports Cup, the ADAC GT Masters, the FIA GT3 championship and the Spa 24 hours for the ambitious team. Haring was partnered by Marc Basseng who had put a Muhlner Porsche on pole the previous week in the latest round of the German Endurance championship.
After first free practice on Friday the team made a few small set-up changes and by second free practice the Muhlner Porsche was running very competitively at the front end of the field.
In first qualifying on Saturday Haring got stuck in traffic and couldn't get better than a midfield position. Basseng then put the car on the front row for the second race, with P2 in second qualifying.
At the start of the first race Haring dropped back a few places until he found his rhythm and started to attack. An early and fast pit stop got Basseng into the top ten. Lying in 8th place and pushing to the limit, he lost the car four laps from the end and whilst spinning stalled and lost nine seconds, losing his 8th place in the process to another team's Porsche who took the final point.
For the second race the Muhlner Porsche started from the front row. Due to earlier rain the track was damp so the race was started behind the safety car. Basseng led into the first corner but was soon overtaken. He was unable to hold onto second place, as he was pushed out wide on a corner he dropped back to 5th.
As one of the last to pit stop, Basseng was up to second as he came to hand over to Haring, who then rejoined in fourth. He was then so held up by a lapped car that he was overtaken by several cars, including the subsequent winner and second place cars. After an accident and a time penalty for the culprit, Haring and Basseng ended up fifth. But the award as first Porsche home was achieved by Haring in his first ever international outing, meaning he joined the podium with Basseng to receive the trophy.
The next round of the European FIA GT3 Championship is in Mid-September at the Algarve circuit in Portugal.