Wolf Henzler wins final Round - Timo Bernhard secures third overall. INDIANAPOLIS, IN - September 29 - Wolf Henzler of Germany won the final round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup 2002 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. Taking home a...
Wolf Henzler wins final Round - Timo Bernhard secures third overall.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - September 29 - Wolf Henzler of Germany won the final round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup 2002 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway today.
Taking home a flag to flag victory from pole, the 27-year-old German scored his second win of the year following his victory earlier this season at Silverstone in England.
Timo Bernhard, who had put his Porsche besides Henzler's 911 on the grid, kept the winner under pressure over the 16-lap distance, but wasn't able to pass. The 22-year-old German racing pro, who also runs for Alex Job Racing in the American Le Mans Series, finished the race second and secured third place in the drivers points behind Stéphane Ortelli (Monaco) and Marco Werner (Germany) in the final championship standings.
Australia's Alexander Davison, the winner of yesterday's race, finished third In today's event, securing his fifth podium result in the last six races.
Wolf Henzler (race winner): "It is something very special for me to win here. Indianapolis is somehow overwhelming with all its history, and with the masses of race fans attending. My win was in danger only once when I missed fifth gear in turn 13 and lost so much speed that Timo could bring his car alongside mine. Then it was really very late braking into the righthander at the end of the straight. I think Timo could have passed me there, but he didn't want to risk too much, either."
Timo Bernhard (second in race, third in drivers points): "I am happy I made it to third in the drivers points just at the last race. Maybe I could have been further up, had I not missed two rounds to follow my ALMS engagement. But ALMS is first priority for me this year. It's great fun to come from those long distance events and then put in 16 qualifying laps here at Indy in the Supercup sprint."
Stéphane Ortelli (overall winner 2002): "More was not possible, I am really ill with my flue. And I was not the only one to be out of form; my engine didn't work properly, too. Anyway, my race took place yesterday. I am travelling home as a happy man."
For the American guest drivers, it was another 16 laps of experience under their belts, but similar results to Saturday. Bill Adam, who said the car set-up was better today but his driving was better yesterday, finished 13th, while Antonio Sabato, Jr. was 18th after two spins lost him ground he had gained early in the race.
In the year-end point standings, Ortelli finished with 164 points, Marco Werner -- 142, Timo Bernhard -- 127, Wolf Henzler -- 121, and Christophe Bouchut -- 119.