Stephane Ortelli takes over points lead with victory number two. Stuttgart. After securing his second Porsche Michelin Supercup race so far this season at the seventh round in Hockenheim, Stephane Ortelli (Monaco) now takes over as points leader.
Stephane Ortelli takes over points lead with victory number two.
Stuttgart. After securing his second Porsche Michelin Supercup race so far this season at the seventh round in Hockenheim, Stephane Ortelli (Monaco) now takes over as points leader. Team Kadach pilot Ortelli, who already won the Barcelona round, took up the sprint from pole, and led over the entire 15 lap distance to take the chequered flag 2.3 seconds ahead of guest starter Marc Lieb (Germany) driving for the UPS Porsche-Junior team. The 22-year-old junior has netted podium results from every guest appearance so far this season: third in Imola and second on the Nurburgring.
Timo Bernhard (Germany) saw the flag third after starting the turbulent race from seventh, whilst his team mate Alessandro Zampedri (Italy) retired with a damaged tyre. With his retirement the Italian lost his points lead which he had held since the fourth round in Monaco. Zampedri now falls back to second overall ahead of Timo Bernhard.
Alexander Davison turned his third qualifying position into a fourth place in the race. The Australian complained of difficulties in shifting from first to second gear, which is critical after the new hairpin corner.
VIP driver Christoph Langen (Germany) retired in the third lap after briefly leaving the track. When the bob gold medallist attempted to drive back on to the circuit he was hit by a competitor which damaged his radiator. His VIP colleague for the weekend, Swiss motorsport journalist Peter Wyss, brought his 911 GT3 Cup Porsche across the finish line a commendable twelfth.
Like Alessandro Zampedri, many of the series favourites ended their Hockenheim race prematurely. Marco Werner (Switzerland) was out in the first lap after a start collision damaged his radiator. Wolf Henzler (Germany) was unable to finish after colliding with Emmanuel Collard (France) in lap six. Marcel Tiemann (Monaco) gave up in lap five after an altercation with Marc Lieb. Philipp Peter, who held third in the race until the eleventh lap, retired with tyre damage.
Stephane Ortelli (winner): "Thanks to my team boss Gottfried Kadach and our team for this perfect car. Last year we came second here, and now we've won. The bulk of my work was done yesterday when I did possibly the best qualifying of my racing career. To win here in Germany with a German team and a Porsche is something very special."
Marc Lieb (second): "I'm very pleased with the weekend. Stephane was simply untouchable today, he drove incredibly fast. I'd be delighted if the second half of the season continues like this."
Timo Bernhard (third): "After a super start I soon found myself in a great fight with Marc. This circuit is suited for this, although the speeds are very high. Near the end I caught up with Marc. But I didn't want to risk anything because I knew I had my points for second overall."
Alexander Davison (fourth): "I had problems in the hairpin shifting from first to second gear and that's why I didn't get the necessary momentum out of the corner. At some point Henzler rammed into the rear of my car and afterwards I had the feeling something wasn't quite right so I took it easy."