10th Round at the Grand Prix of Europe

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
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 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

Final standings:

Pos     Driver       Points
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 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

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Series General
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Stéphane Ortelli , Sascha Maassen , Bernd Maylander , Patrick Huisman , Jason Watt , Johnny Mowlem , Duncan Huisman , Oliver Mathai , Bruno Eichmann , Frank Schmickler , Roland Asch