1st Round at the San Marino Grand Prix

Round One to Patrick Huisman But Pressure Is On From Sascha Maassen On his way to capturing the first round of this season's Porsche Pirelli SuperCup here at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, reigning champion Patrick Huisman from the ...

Round One to Patrick Huisman But Pressure Is On From Sascha Maassen

On his way to capturing the first round of this season's Porsche Pirelli SuperCup here at the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, reigning champion Patrick Huisman from the Netherlands found himself under a determined attack over the entire 13 lap race distance from his own team mate Sascha Maassen (D).

Patrick Huisman (NL) - winner: "Sascha really put the pressure on. I think my only advantage was that I conserved the brakes in the first third of the race. He's damn fast but he's a fair team mate, and for that I'm thankful. A super start to the season."

Sascha Maasen (D) - second: "Patrick and I followed a fighting line, but I could see Alessandro gaining on us. So I decided to stop attacking Patrick. I didn't want to endanger the double victory to our Eschmann- Manthey team."

Alessandro Zampedri (I) - third: "I could have attacked more but in the latter stages of the race I didn't want to risk spinning because I got a slight oversteer. Today Patrick and Sascha were impossible to overtake but they are not impossible to beat. This is my first race with my new Kadach team, and I'm optimistic that Oliver Mathai (fourth place) and I are going to be strong title contenders."

Enrico Bertaggia (MC) - fifth: "I started from ninth and finished fifth, so I'm happy. But I aim to be further in front. I haven't tested since November last year, and the last time I was on the Imola circuit was 13 years ago in Formula 3. It's changed since then." <pre> Race results:

Pos Driver/Nat Team Time

1 Patrick Huisman/D Eschmann-Manthey-Racing 25:49.189 2 Sascha Maassen/D Eschmann-Manthey-Racing + 0.882 3 Alessandro Zampedri/I Kadach Tuning 1.905 4 Oliver Mathai/D Kadach Tuning 2.351 5 Enrico Bertaggia/MC Carsport-AMAG 8.365 6 Duncan Huisman/NL Porsche Centre Rhein-Oberberg 9.171 7 Pedro Couceiro/P Porsche Center Rhein-Oberberg 10.284 8 Timo Bernhard/D UPS-Porsche-Junior-Team 10.567 9 Altfrid Heger/D Porsche Centre Munich 12.312 10 Stephane Ortelli/F Porsche Center Rhein-Oberberg 14.833

Standings:

Pos Driver Points

1 P. Huisman 20 2 Maassen 18 3 Zampedri 16 4 Mathai 14 5 Bertaggia 12 6 D. Huisman 10

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Drivers Stéphane Ortelli , Sascha Maassen , Patrick Huisman , Timo Bernhard , Duncan Huisman , Pedro Couceiro , Oliver Mathai , Altfrid Heger , Enrico Bertaggia