Timo Bernhard Wins After Gripping Duel With Stephane Ortelli Hockenheim/Stuttgart. Timo Bernhard and Stephane Ortelli provided a breathtaking duel at the seventh round of the Porsche-Pirelli-Supercup in Hockenheim. Ortelli made a clean...
Timo Bernhard Wins After Gripping Duel With Stephane Ortelli
Hockenheim/Stuttgart. Timo Bernhard and Stephane Ortelli provided a breathtaking duel at the seventh round of the Porsche-Pirelli-Supercup in Hockenheim. Ortelli made a clean start from pole and successfully held off attacks from his German rival until half a lap before the finish. While accelerating out of the Ostkurve chicane in the 12th and final lap, Ortelli was held up by gearbox maladies and was just able to cross the finish line ahead of Jorg Bergmeister.
As a guest starter Timo Bernhard is not eligible for points. For this reason Stephane Ortelli, who won at his home round in Monaco earlier in the season, received the full 20 points for winners. Series' leader Jorg Bergmeister and his team mate Marco Werner crossed the finish line in third and fourth. With this result, Werner moves again into second overall position in the series. After a disappointing tenth in qualifying, Wolf Henzler managed to finish the sprint sixth. His placing, however, was not enough to save him from falling back from second to third in the overall rankings.
Timo Bernhard (D, winner): "What a feeling to stand at the top of the podium here in Hockenheim in front of so many spectators. For the first time in my racing career I jumped for joy on the podium. I've always dreamed of winning here. I drew alongside Stephane several times but I knew he's as tough as nails and I didn't want to risk us both flying off the track. When Stephane has victory in sight he doesn't budge. After I overtook him all I had to do was to bring my car home."
Stephane Ortelli (MC, second): "As I accelerated out of the Ostkurve chicane I suddenly lost second and fourth gear. Maybe I was too hard in my gear shifting during the fight with Timo, but I must admit, it was a fantastic fight. A couple of times we drove shoulder to shoulder at top speed - that was awesome! I congratulate the UPS Porsche-Junior Team and racing engineer Owen Hayes. Owen is absolutely fair with us and he's extremely forthcoming with helpful tips. And I'm happy that I could bring home full points at the home race of my German team.
Jorg Bergmeister (D, third): "My start was okay, but already after the Nordkurve I lost contact with Timo and Stephane, and therefore got out of their slipstream. It then became impossible to catch up again. My team mate Marco Werner put a lot of pressure on me, because he came under fire from Marc Lieb and Sascha Maassen. After the opening phase I just wanted to bring home as many points as possible."
Marco Werner (D, fourth): "All that counts is points towards the championship. I spent the entire race on Jorg's bumper, and my main concern was not to be drawn into any trouble. A podium finish would have been possible, but it would have meant attacking my team mate, and that's too risky in Hockenheim.
Marino Franchitti (GB, 17th): "That was a lot of fun, although I had quite some trouble keeping up with the other cars on the straights. In the beginning I made the mistake of driving over the kerbs too hard, so I lost some time and the contact to the cars in front. But all in all my times improved over the weekend."
Race Result: 1. T. Bernhard (D, UPS Porsche-Junior Team), 28:00.127 mins 2. S. Ortelli (MC, Kadach Tuning),); 2.061 seconds behind 3. J. Bergmeister (D, Infineon Team Farnbacher), 2.746 4. M. Werner (D, Infineon Team Farnbacher), 3.550 5. T. Bergmeister (D, MAT Racing Team), 5.210 6. W. Henzler (Nurtingen, PZ Rhein-Oberberg), 5.302 7. S. Maassen (B, Software AG Racing), 5.854 8. P. Peter (A, Infineon Team Farnbacher), 7.705 9. F. Stippler (D, Herberth Motorsport, 12.039 10. S. Kosutic (CRO, Kadach Tuning), 19.850
Standings: 1. J.Bergmeister 99 2. Werner 95 3. Henzler 93 4. Ortelli 83 5. T.Bergmeister 70 6. Maassen 59 7. Zampedri 53 8. Peter 51 9. Coceiro 50 Kosutic 50