Virtual Podium for Patrick Rain rules in sunny Italy This weekend the DeWalt Racing PZRO JAM team had their last race of the 2004 Porsche Michelin Supercup, during the Grand Prix of Italy on the track of Monza near Milan. DeWalt drivers Patrick...
Virtual Podium for Patrick
Rain rules in sunny Italy
This weekend the DeWalt Racing PZRO JAM team had their last race of the 2004 Porsche Michelin Supercup, during the Grand Prix of Italy on the track of Monza near Milan. DeWalt drivers Patrick Huisman and Alessandro Zampedri are looking back on a sportive season and like to have a successful goodbye race on the fastest track of the season. In the race, that was held under rainy weather conditions, Patrick finished 4th, while team-mate Alessandro Zampedri finished 10th.
On the opposite of today, the qualification took place in bright and sunny weather. For Patrick, who put his Porsche on P7 for the start of the race on Sunday, the qualification was, as he said it: "ok". "The setup of my car was ok, and I was quick enough in the last sector every time. I lost some time in the first sector which brought me the 7th position on the grid tomorrow. I think, that when it rains, the race will be very interesting. The forecast is rain so we'll see" Alex was not so satisfied with his result, even though he is still optimistic about the race. "If the forecast will come true then I expect some action tomorrow. We haven't had any rain race this season so I look forward to that."
A wet race was the scene for the last race of the season. With two warm up laps because of the weather, the start was as exiting as a wet race should be. Alex: "I couldn't see a thing at the first corner. It was like driving behind a moving wall. I finished 10th and that was the best I could get out of this race. The season is over and I am looking forward to start again next season. For Patrick the race was as he described it "Wet and wonderful". He finished 5th, but that was later corrected into 4th since Rockenfeller got a time penalty for shortcutting the chicane.
Patrick: "I had a great start and was able to get 2 or 3 positions right there. Montermini was breaking much too late in front of me at the first chicane, and I almost went the same way, but managed not to fly off like him. After half a lap I was 4th already. In some great action with Graf I was able to keep my 4th position and when Henzler apparently had a problem with his car, I became 3rd at that moment. The pressure from Graf behind me was heavy and I was not able to defend the 3rd position any longer. Rockenfeller tried to follow and was clashing with me several times. At the chicane he took the shortcut and that is why he got a 25 seconds penalty. I finished 4th now and third for points. My 5th place in the championship is a reasonable ranking. I am happy that I could show that I am still competitive when it rains.