Change of Fortunes: Marco Werner Takes Victory and Points Lead Stuttgart/Spielberg. In a dramatic change of fortunes, Marco Werner snatched victory and the points lead from his team mate Jorg Bergmeister at the third round of the ...
Change of Fortunes: Marco Werner Takes Victory and Points Lead
Stuttgart/Spielberg. In a dramatic change of fortunes, Marco Werner snatched victory and the points lead from his team mate Jorg Bergmeister at the third round of the Porsche-Pirelli-Supercup on Austria's A1-Ring. Werner, who started on the front row alongside pole-setting Bergmeister, drove impeccably over the 16 lap sprint race and brought home only the second win in his Supercup career, with the first taken from Imola in 1995. The 35-year-old professional overtook his team-mate Jorg Bergmeister in the eighth of sixteen laps, taking advantage of Bergmeister's mistake in running wide while braking for a corner. Stephane Ortelli also profited from Bergmeister's error, slipping past to take second which he held to the finish.
Stephane Ortelli's team-mate, Alessandro Zampedri made the weekend perfect for their Kadach Tuning team. Driving a spectacular race, he ploughed through the field from ninth to be rewarded with a podium place.
Jorg Bergmeister came to Austria leading the points after taking home two wins from two rounds. Had he not also been hit by Pedro Couceiro, he could have secured a hattrick. The 25-year-old German crossed the finish line a disappointing 18th. Couceiro finished fourth.
Marco Werner (D, winner): "That was hard work against Stephane. My plan was not to attack Jorg too hard, so I observed his rhythm for awhile. But when he made his mistake I took advantage of it. I conserved the car, especially the brakes, to the finish. It's a fantastic feeling to be back on the podium."
Stephane Ortelli (MC, second): "Once I reached second place behind Marco I pushed very hard until shortly before the finish, then I slowed the pace slightly to conserve my brakes and tyres and intended on attacking in the last two laps. But then the yellow flag came out and that was the end of my strategy. I personally think Marco is the man to beat for the championship."
Alessandro Zampedri (I, third): "That's a fantastic feeling. I overtook three cars at the start and sat sixth, then Jorg spun and I was fifth. I won a magnificent fight against Lucas Luhr and that was fourth, and when I caught Pedro I saw immediately that he was too nervous. I waited for him to make a mistake and I passed him."
Pedro Couceiro (P, fourth): "In the beginning I fought hard against Lucas Luhr and I won. Jorg opened the door for us by driving too wide in a corner. I thought he wouldn't make it, but he did. Anyway, I hit him and it was my fault and I'm sorry for that."
Race Results: 1. M. Werner (D, Infineon Farnbacher), 16 laps in 26:12.013 mins (=158,508 km/h); 2. S. Ortelli (MC, Kadach Tuning), 1,011 seconds behind; 3. A. Zampedri (I, Kadach Tuning), 4,017; 4. P. Couceiro (P, PZ Rhein-Oberberg), 5,241; 5. L. Luhr (D, Carsport Racing), 5,837; 6. P. Peter (A, Infineon Team Farnbacher), 9,150; 7. W. Henzler (D, Manthey Racing), 9,717; 8. S. Kosutic (CRO, Kadach Tuning), 14,084; 9. O. Mathai (D, Manthey Racing), 14,543; 10. S. Maassen (B, Software AG Racing), 15,339; 11. T. Bergmeister (D, MAT Racing Team), 18,414; 12. R. Lietz (A, MAT Racing Team), 21,971; 13. R. Kelleners (D, PZ Rhein-Oberberg), 29,019; 14. V. Radermecker (B, Software AG Racing), 29,968; 15. J. Carlsen (DK, Martin Flitton Racing), 52,792; 16. H. Raithofer (A, Porsche-AG), 72,318; 17. H. Knauss (A, Porsche AG), 72,531; 18. J. Bergmeister (D, Infineon Farnbacher), 1 lap; 19. P. Rapetti (I, Kadach Tuning), DNF
Not classified: J. Hunter (GB, Martin Flitton Racing); G. Frazier (USA, Kadach Tuning)
Fastest Race Lap: S. Ortelli (MC), 1:37.144 mins. (160,314 km/h) in lap 6