1st Round at the San Marino Grand Prix

Jorg Bergmeister Takes Green Light to Flag Victory at Season-Opener Stuttgart/Imola. Taking a convincing green light to chequered flag victory, Jorg Bergmeister from Germany opened the ninth Porsche-Pirelli-Supercup season at the San...

Jorg Bergmeister Takes Green Light to Flag Victory at Season-Opener

Stuttgart/Imola. Taking a convincing green light to chequered flag victory, Jorg Bergmeister from Germany opened the ninth Porsche-Pirelli-Supercup season at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola. The 25-year-old's pole position time yesterday of 1m.55.971s (153.131 kph) broke the lap record by almost one second, set here in 1994 by Bernd Maylander (D) on a circuit still without chicanes. As the youngest of the top ten finishers today and starting into only his second Supercup season, Bergmeister sends a clear warning to the Porsche stalwarts that he's a serious title contender. The German has carried momentum over from last season, where he won the final Supercup round in Indianapolis and also secured the German Carrera Cup title.

Jorg Bergmeister (D), winner: "Normally my first start of the year is a mess, but today I shot like a bullet out of a gun. In the opening phase I built up some distance between me and my competitors. Later on in the race I began to experience oversteer in the quick corners so I pulled back a little. By and large, I had everything under control."

Marco Werner (D), second: "I gave my absolute utmost but when my gearbox began to play up I prayed for the race to finish. Thank heavens I made it home safely."

Stphane Ortelli (MC), third: "I'm not particularly happy even though I was on the podium. At racing speed our car is okay, but we have to work hard on our qualifying speed. On the positive side, it's good that I earned some points and it's still very early in the championship."

Alessandro Zampedri (I), eighth: Starting the sprint from fourth, the Italian gained one place which he held on to until shortly before the finish. A spin five laps before the end of the 13 lap sprint relegated him to eighth position.

Jamie Hunter (GB), 12th: "This series is much tougher than I expected, however I'm not unhappy with today's result. We're experiencing a steep learning curve and this test at racing speed is a huge leap forward for us."

Race results: 1. J. Bergmeister (D), 13 laps in 25:39.947 min. (=149.363 kph); 2. M. Werner (D, both Infineon Team Farnbacher), 1,556 seconds behind; 3. S. Ortelli (MC), 8,215s; 4. R. Kelleners (D, PZ Rhein-Oberberg), 8,829s; 5. W. Henzler (D), 10,469s; 6. O. Mathai, (D, both Manthey Racing), 11,530s; 7. R. Asch (D, Carsport Racing), 12,342s; 8. P. Couceiro (P, PZ Rhein-Oberberg), 13,345s; 9. P. Peter (A, Infineon Team Farnbacher), 14,612s; 10. T. Bergmeister (D, MAT Racing Team), 15,303s.

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Series General
Drivers Jörg Bergmeister , Marco Werner
Teams AT Racing