Third Consecutive Title for Patrick Huisman - Bernd Maylander Wins Race Third place at the tenth and final round on the Nurburgring was enough for Patrick Huisman (NL) to take his third consecutive Porsche Pirelli Super- Cup title. Starting from...
Third Consecutive Title for Patrick Huisman - Bernd Maylander Wins Race
Third place at the tenth and final round on the Nurburgring was enough for Patrick Huisman (NL) to take his third consecutive Porsche Pirelli Super- Cup title. Starting from fourth on the grid, Huisman drove with his usual concentration, bringing his Eschmann-Manthey Porsche safely across the finish line avoiding all risks. The season for the 33-year-old Porsche specialist was not without difficulties. In June at the Le Mans 24 hour race, he sustained a slight injury which hindered his SuperCup performan- ces. However he battled his way up to take over the points' lead with his third win at the penultimate round in Spa. The new champion commented: "This was the toughest year for me. The title means a great deal to me. In my slow-down lap after the race I cried like a baby. I really didn't expect this success."
1999 vice champion is another familiar face in the Porsche Pirelli SuperCup field. Oliver Mathai from Hamburg finished the 15 lap sprint second to take his third vice-champion title in a row. Mathai was thrilled: "That was a difficult one. There was only one dry and safe line. In the last lap I tried to overtake Bernd Maylander but I quickly learned he had an answer to my moves, so I stayed put."
The winner of the 'Ring' is Bernd Maylander, winding up his racing year successfully, which he opened with a victory in Imola. Huisman's team mate Stephane Ortelli came to the Nurburgring sitting second overall with excellent championship chances. However his disastrous race relegated the southern Frenchman to 13th place after two spins. German Ralf Kelleners lead the championship from the second to the eighth round, only to experience a disappointing final to the season. Kelleners qualified 14th and was nudged out of the race in a first lap tussle by a fellow competitor.
Results (top 10)
Pos Driver/Nat Team Time -------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Bernd Maylander/D Porsche Center Koblenz 27:24.656 2 Oliver Mathai/D Kadach Tuning + 0.264 3 Patrick Huisman/D Eschmann-Manthey-Racing 6.177 4 Sascha Maassen/D Carsport Amag 7.141 5 Johnny Mowlem/GB Parabolica-McCulloch 12.529 6 Frank Schmickler/D Porsche Centre Rhein-Oberberg 16.697 7 Duncan Huisman/NL Farnbacher Motorsport 8 Roland Asch/D Porsche Centre Munich 9 Jason Watt/DK Porsche Center Munic 10 Bruno Eichmann/CH Carsport Amag
Pos Driver Points --------------------------- 1 Huisman 140 2 Mathai 132 3 Ortelli 124 4 Maassen 121 5 Kelleners 116 6 Maylander 114 7 Schmickler 81 8 Asch 77 9 Couceiro 74 10 Heger 70