Zampedri first from start to finish Italian way of starting from pole: winning it! In a fabulous race the Italian Lechner Racing School Team driver Alessandro Zampedri took pole in the qualifying session and was leading the pack of Porsches...
Zampedri first from start to finish Italian way of starting from pole: winning it!
In a fabulous race the Italian Lechner Racing School Team driver Alessandro Zampedri took pole in the qualifying session and was leading the pack of Porsches throughout the race to the finish for his first win in the Porsche Supercup since his entry in 1999.
"I am so happy now. The car was great all weekend and on Friday I already felt it would be good. Barcelona is "my track" and I was here 3rd last year, so I know the way to the podium, now I will know the way to P1" said Alessandro after the race. Teammate Patrick Huisman, who started from a second position on the grid was clear about the win of his teammate: "I really like it that he won the race. But even better is that I am second again and leading the drivers championship." Patrick Huisman was leading the Qualification session on Saturday until six minutes before the end of the session. "Alex was just a bit quicker this time. We will see tomorrow if he will still be able to keep the position" said Patrick after qualifying without knowing what would happen in next day's race.
Qualifying: All lechner 4-pack
Alessandro Zampedri from Italy takes up the second championship round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup on the Circuit de Catalunya from pole position. Six minutes before the end of the qualifying session the 35-year- old snatched the pole-setting time from his team mate Patrick Huisman (Netherlands). Zampedri has competed in the international makes cup since 1999 but never before stood on pole.
Starting the 14 lap sprint on Sunday from third place behind Patrick Huisman is Geoffrey Horion. The Belgium-born Monaco-resident, who contests the series for the first time in 2005, relegated Richard Westbrook (Britain) to fourth position. Westbrook takes up the sprint as points' leader after winning in Bahrain and Imola.
Patrick Huisman about the pole position of Alessandro "What a shame. I threw away my chance at pole position in the last sector of the track. In the first sector I was the fastest, in the second Alessandro and I set the same time, but in the third I had the feeling I should look after the tyres. That was my mistake. Apart from that, this is a great day for our Walter Lechner team. The first two rows are occupied with Lechner-911s."
As Patrick said, All four pilots occupying the first two rows compete in cars run by the Austrian Lechner Racing School Team.
Geoffrey Horion (third qualifier): "Just prior to my best lap we made some minor modifications to the set-up - and that gave me the decisive fractions of a second. This is only my third race in the Porsche Michelin Supercup and I hadn't expected to do so well at such an early stage."
Richard Westbrook (fourth qualifier): "Second row is not so bad. But still I'm not happy. I wasn't able to utilse my first set of tyres because of the traffic. And then I got flat-spotting with the second set. Aside from that, I still somehow seem to struggle with this circuit. Nevertheless, I'm optimistic. In Imola I showed what I can do on race day, starting fifht and yielding maximum points."
With a light to flag win at the second points' round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup on the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona (Spain), Italian Alessandro Zampedri secured his first Supercup victory. Taking up the 14 lap sprint from pole position Zampedri successfully held off his team mate Patrick Huisman over the entire distance - albeit at times by only 0.3 seconds - to take the flag two seconds ahead of the Dutchman.
Zampedri, who has contested the Porsche Michelin Supercup every year since 1999, is the first Italian to take a points' win in the 13-year history of the series. Guest driver Luca Riccitelli won twice but was ineligible to earn points.
Taking up the race from fifth on the grid, David Saelens from Belgium managed to secure position three on the podium. Immediately after the start he overtook Richard Westbrook and two laps before the flag ousted his compatriot Geoffrey Horion from third place.
Alessandro Zampedri (winner): "This is a wonderful day. I dedicate this win to my wife and I want to thank her for everything. Well, my start was perfect. Then in the first lap I managed to open the gap to Patrick. During the race I had everything under control. At one point Patrick came to within 0.3 seconds of me but I had an answer to this and opened the gap again. I made just one mistake today. In lap seven I experienced some oversteering problems accelerating onto the start and finish straight. This is the first win in the Porsche Michelin Supercup for a regular competitor from Italy."
Geoffrey Horion (fourth): "My race was quiet. I kept David behind me without much problem until I made one big mistake and he outbraked me. I come from endurance racing so I have to get used to the sprints where every metre counts. Still, I am taking home plenty of points today."
Richard Westbrook (fifth): "My start was an absolute mess. I lost two positions. But luckily I was able to overtake Menzel in the first corner and Lietz later on in the race."