PATRICK HUISMAN FEELS POSITIVE AFTER ANOTHER SOLID POINT-SCORING PERFORMANCE IN BARCELONA BARCELONA - Patrick Huisman rounded off the second weekend of the 2008 Mobil1 Porsche Supercup by finishing in eighth position. At the Spanish Grand Prix...
PATRICK HUISMAN FEELS POSITIVE AFTER ANOTHER SOLID POINT-SCORING PERFORMANCE IN BARCELONA
BARCELONA - Patrick Huisman rounded off the second weekend of the 2008 Mobil1 Porsche Supercup by finishing in eighth position. At the Spanish Grand Prix track, the Dutchman and his IRWIN Racing outfit booked significant progress throughout the weekend. Though Huisman was not yet satisfied with this result, the four times champion left the Circuito de Catalunya with high hopes for the near future. Not only displayed Huisman some remarkable overtaking manoeuvres in Sunday morning's race, he also feels his team is now heading into the right direction in terms of car set- up improvement.
FREE PRACTISE & QUALIFYING:
With three back-to-back races (Bahrain, Hockenheim, Oschersleben) under his belt, Patrick Huisman started Friday's free practise session on a roll. Kicking off the 45 minute practise session with used tyres from the Hockenheim pre-season roll-out, the Dutch ace immediately impressed by setting a series of top 10 lap times. On new tyres, several yellow flag situations prevented him from improving his lap times in the final stages of the session. Huisman still ended the day in 10th position though. Starting Saturday's qualifying session with the same set-up as used in Friday's promising free practise session however didn't prove to be the right call. Due to the increased amount of grip after F1's qualifying session, Huisman struggled to match his pace from the day before and qualified himself in 11th position.
After having carefully analysed the data of both cars from Friday and Saturday, IRWIN Racing made several changes to the set-up of both Huisman's and his team mate David Saelens' cars ahead of Sunday's 14-lap race. The team's determination to succeed and hard work soon paid off. In the first few laps, Huisman was able to gain three positions and climb up to eighth position. While starting to feel more comfortable and confident in his Porsche 911 GT3 as the race progressed, Huisman also challenged the cars in front of him fighting for P5. In the latter part of the race, his car started to slide more and more forcing Huisman to adapt to a more defending strategy instead of attacking one. Huisman finally finished the third race of the season in eighth position.
"Even though I've enjoyed my race today, I'm still not quite satisfied with where we are at the moment. We found out the new car has considerably changed from last years' one. As we lacked serious testing before the season started, we now have to get to grips with our new machinery during the race meetings. That just takes some time. The good thing though is, that we feel we're definitely on the right path now. The contribution of our new race engineer Patrick de Groot is also ever improving. With a new generation of Michelin tyres about to debut at our next venue in Turkey (Istanbul), things look bright for the future!"