Disappointing start of the season for DeWalt Racing PZRO-JAM "This is not what we expected for our season start" It seemed like a hot summer day at the sunny 4.933 km long track of Imola in Italy when the first round of the Porsche Supercup ...
Disappointing start of the season for DeWalt Racing PZRO-JAM
"This is not what we expected for our season start"
It seemed like a hot summer day at the sunny 4.933 km long track of Imola in Italy when the first round of the Porsche Supercup season 2004 got underway during the Grand Prix of San Marino. But the sunny start of the season wasn't reflected on the results of the DeWalt Racing drivers Patrick Huisman and Alessandro Zampedri. A qualifying result with a 7th position for Patrick and a 9th position for Alessandro was not as sunny as expected. "I know the team has worked very hard to get ready for the new season and the car felt very good in the pre-season test sessions." said Patrick after the Qualification. The race result was not much better with a 9th position for Patrick and Alex who didn't finish the race due to an action to avoid a clash.
For Patrick the session was divided into 2 parts. In the first part of the session Patrick topped the ranks and went into the pits for a short period of "waiting for the rest".
Patrick: "I was quick enough to put my car in the top 3 of the field. But after the period in the pits in which we changed the settings of the shock absorbers and a set of new tyres, the front of the car got " too bumpy " and me and Alex were the only two drivers who couldn't improve their time in the second part of the session. The other drivers could and passed me in the classification" The time Patrick set, was more than 2 seconds quicker than last year, when he also managed to put his Porsche GTR3 on a 7th place on the grid. Then he ended on the podium as third which was a good perspective for the race.
For Alessandro the 9th place is not what he expected. "Last year I was 1.5 seconds slower than today. A fifth place then is a 9th place now. I had a lot of problems during the free practise sessions on friday and in the qualification session of today it didn't get any better." Starting from a 9th position Alex is confident of improving his position during the race. " Of course a good start is very important but it is possible to overtake at the track of Imola".
Starting from 7th and 9th position the outlook for a major improvement during the start is the best way to improve positions. Patrick managed to get out of the first corner as 6th driver, overtaking 1 car. "My start was good but Farnbacher had a bad start and blocked me. While Bleekemolen came from the right outside and I didn't really know if he could see me I decided to avoid the risk of damaging the cooler and I didn't push.
Uphill after "Tosa" I couldn't get the car into 3rd gear very easy. Uphill after "Acque Minerale" I couldn't get it into 3rd gear at all and Alex could overtake me with Saelens and Montermini while I was struggling for the right gear in the chicane. After a while Larini was able to overtake me in a fair race action and later Graf, Larini and me were able to get closer to Zampedri, Montermini and Saelens. When Lechner hit Menzel he damaged his cooler. Graf and Larini both got off the track on the cooling fluid of Menzel's car. I could't do anything else but avoid a clash and was able to get on the track again after some cars passed me.
For Alessandro Zampedri the start of the season was as he said "Not how i imagined it" he says: "My start was ok. I went to P7. I passed Montermini and Huisman right at the start at the "Variante Alta" . After that the car was ok and I started to push behind Saelens and it looked like some moments I could catch him and some moments I lost him a little bit. Montermini was completely overdriving the car when he was overtaking me and when he passed me he spun right in front of me and I had no chance to miss him and had to gi into the gravel and that was it. It is not a very good start of the season, but since this was not my fault there is not much that I could do. If I would have finished the race I think I could have been 6th or 7th.
Of course the next race in Barcelona in two weeks time has to bring better results to be able to keep the gap with the leaders as close as possible.
<pre> Qualification session Classification
1. W. Henzler GER Infinion - Team- Farnbacher PZM 1.55.139 2. W. Lechner Jr. AUT Walter Lechner Racing School Team 1.55.714 3. C. Menzel GER Tolimit Motorsport 1.55.758 4. D. Saelens ITA Kadach Racing Team 1.55.927 5. D. farnbacher GER Infinion - Team- Farnbacher PZM 1.55.942 6. S. Bleekemolen NED Team Bleekemolen 1.55.968 7 P. huisman NED DeWalt Racing - PZRO - J. Alzen 1.55.986 8 A. Montermini ITA Walter Lechner Racing School Team 1.55.997 9 A. Zampedri ITA DeWalt Racing - PZRO - J. Alzen 1.56.088 10 K. Graf GER Tolimot Motorsport 1.56.120 11 T. bergmeister GER Kadach racing Team 1.56.382 12 N. Larini ITA Porsche AG 1.56.622 13 C. Sauvage FRA Conrero Squadra Corse 1.56.964 14 M. Bleekemolen NED Team Bleekemolen 1.57.304 15 D. Werner GER Infinion - Team- Farnbacher PZM 1.57.560 16 A. Renauer GER Ibex AG PZ Olympiapark Herbeth 1.57.702 17 O. Freymuth GER Oliver FREYMUTH 1.58.562 18 S. Frederiks NED Jetstream Motorsport 1.59.837 19 F. Nugnes ITA Porsche AG 2.00.451 20 M Braunmuehl GER Team Herberth PZ Olympia Park 2.00.699 21 B. Laber GER Team Herberth PZ Olympia Park 2.00.974 22 M. Kesseler NED Jetstream Motorsport 2.01.758
Race Classification after 13 laps
1. W. Henzler GER Infinion - Team- Farnbacher PZM 2. C. Menzel GER Tolimit Motorsport 3. D. farnbacher GER Infinion - Team- Farnbacher PZM 4. D. Saelens ITA Kadach Racing Team 5. S. Bleekemolen NED Team Bleekemolen 6. T. bergmeister GER Kadach racing Team 7. D. Werner GER Infinion - Team- Farnbacher PZM 8. K. Graf GER Tolimot Motorsport 9. P. huisman NED DeWalt Racing - PZRO - J. Alzen 10. C. Sauvage FRA Conrero Squadra Corse 11 A. Renauer GER Ibex AG PZ Olympiapark Herbeth 12. A. Montermini ITA Walter Lechner Racing School Team 13. M. Bleekemolen NED Team Bleekemolen 14. O. Freymuth GER Oliver FREYMUTH 15. M. Kesseler NED Jetstream Motorsport 16. B. Laber GER Team Herberth PZ Olympia Park 17. M Braunmuehl GER Team Herberth PZ Olympia Park 18. S. Frederiks NED Jetstream Motorsport