Hockenheim report

Porsche Pirelli SuperCup 1998, Fifth Round at the German Grand Prix ------------------------------------------------------------------- Patrick Huisman Marches On With Third Victory of the Season Reigning champion Patrick Huisman (Walker ...

Porsche Pirelli SuperCup 1998, Fifth Round at the German Grand Prix -------------------------------------------------------------------

Patrick Huisman Marches On With Third Victory of the Season

Reigning champion Patrick Huisman (Walker Monroe-Manthey Racing) is well on his way to securing the overall title after clinching an unchallenged green light to the chequered flag victory at the fifth round of this year's Porsche Pirelli SuperCup in Hockenheim. Said Huisman: "I dedicate this victory to my new-born son, Patrick II. Immediately after the start I managed to pull away and watch what was happening behind me. I still had something in reserve." The 31-year-old Dutchman won the 12 lap sprint race on the 6.832 km high speed Hockenheim circuit in 28 min. and 14.530 sec. and is now leading the rest of the field by 16 points.

Frank Schmickler from Cologne achieved his best result of the season bringing his Tolimit Motorsport Porsche across the line in second, just 1.4 seconds behind Huisman. Schmickler: "At last a podium finish. I was careful to preserve my brakes and tyres, and that was the right move. I'm absolutely delighted."

Huisman's team mate,Oliver Mathai from Germany, made the weekend perfect for his Walker Monroe-Manthey Racing team bringing home a podium finish with third. With his win last weekend in Austria,Mathai now ranks fourth overall in the series. Local favourite Jurgen von Gartzen held a com- fortable third for most of the race,until shortly before the finish. The SuperCup champ of 1995 and 1996 experienced power steering difficulties but still managed a commendable fourth. "The last laps were really hard work. I'm happy to bring home some points."

Frenchman Dominique Dupuy started the sprint race in the first row alongside Huisman, however shortly after the start experienced gear box problems which relegated his MMI Porsche to finish fifth. "I had problems selecting sixth gear. Hockenheim is a very fast circuit, so sixth gear is really important here. Nevertheless, I'm pleased with my result."

Le Mans winner Stephane Ortelli (F, PZ Rhein Oberberg) once again under- lined his expertise with Porsche racing cars, finishing today's ca.80 km race eighth.The amiable Frenchman took a well-deserved win at the season opening round in Imola in May.

Race results (top 10):

Pos     Driver/Nat              Team                            Time
 1      Patrick Huisman/NL    Walker Monroe-Manthey Racing 28:14.530
 2      Frank Schmickler/D    Tolimit Motorsport             + 1.401
 3      Oliver Mathai/D       Walker Monroe-Manthey Racing     2.649
 4      Jurgen von Gartzen/D  Oberbayern Motorsport            3.457
 5      Dominique Dupuy/F     MMI Motorsport                   5.105
 6      Ralf Kelleners/D      PZ Rhein Oberberg                5.793
 7      Marc Basseng/D        UPS Porsche-Junior Team          7.201
 8      Stephane Ortelli/F    PZ Rhein Oberberg                7.481
 9      Horst Farnbacher/D    Zepter Racing-Farnbacher        21.140
10      Jacques Laffite/F     Kadach Tuning                   23.891
Pos     Driver       Points
 1      Huisman          90
 2      v.Gartzen        74
 3      Ortelli          53
 4      Mathai           48
 5      Schmickler       47
 6      Galimberti       45
 7      Heger            44
 8      Kelleners        36
 9      Monforte         35
10      Kulundzic        34

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Series General
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Stéphane Ortelli , Patrick Huisman , Jacques Laffite , Oliver Mathai , Dominique Dupuy , Jurgen von Gartzen , Marc Basseng , Frank Schmickler