Patrick Huisman wins third Porsche Supercup Race for points from start to finish With his flag-to-flag-win at the third points race of the Porsche Michelin Supercup, quadruple champion Patrick Huisman secured his first victory after more than 18...
Patrick Huisman wins third Porsche Supercup Race for points from start to finish
With his flag-to-flag-win at the third points race of the Porsche Michelin Supercup, quadruple champion Patrick Huisman secured his first victory after more than 18 months. The Dutchman had not won race since the 2003 Indianapolis round. Deeply moved, Huisman received the winner's trophy after the 16-lap-sprint from Dr. Wolfgang Porsche.
In the Qualification session on friday, shortly before the chequered flag came out, Patrick Huisman and the Lechner Racing School Team put in the fastest lap of the qualifying for the Monaco round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup, grabbing the pole position from Monegasque guest driver Stephane Ortelli who had looked like the pole sitter for most of the session.
With his latest pole position, Huisman's tally reaches a record of 17 best qualifying laps with Stephane Ortelli following as his closest successor having collected 12 pole positions in the Porsche Michelin Supercup.
Alessandro Zampedri (Italy) was held up when a tyre lost air and made a quick time impossible with his first set of rubber. The winner of the race two weeks ago at Barcelona had to give in with the third position on the grid, having lapped the 3.3 kilometre circuit nine hundreths of a second faster than Belgium's David Saelens.
Lechner Racing School Team Richard Westbrook, who travelled to the Principality ranking second in the drivers points behind teammate Huisman, complained about heavy traffic that spoiled his attempts to put his Porsche on a better position than fifth on the grid. At the same time the winner of the exhibition race at Bahrain reported that his car is in perfect shape for the race.
Patrick Huisman (pole sitter): "It is very special to beat Stephane on his home turf. And moreover this is for sure the most important pole position of the season. As you know it is practically impossible to overtake here. Stephane is not fighting for the championship, so he is in a position to take more risks than I can. Still, I know him from many years of competition. I am confident, we'll all behave well in the first corner."
Alessandro Zampedri (position three): "This was a dramatic qualifying. With my first set of tyres something was wrong with the rim. The tyre lost pressure quickly, I had to go back to the pits immediately. So with my second set I turned what I think was one of the best laps of my life. I risked 110 per cent. The second row is not an ideal outcome, but let's see, the race has 16 laps."
In a race that was dominated by the Austrian based Lechner Racing School Team, with polesitter Patrick Huisman, leading the race from start to finish, guest driver Stephane Ortelli secured second place. From half distance to lap 13 the Monegasque found himself under increasing pressure from Alessandro Zampedri (Italy) in third position. It was only when fourth placed David Saelens (Belgium) hit the Italian's car under braking for the chicane, that Ortelli was able to pull away from Zampedri. Zampedri managed to finish the race third. As Ortelli is not eligible for points the Italian yields the points for second place.
In the drivers standings Huisman in the lead pulls away from second placed Richard Westbrook who finished his race fourth. Zampedri in third overall closes the gap to the Briton to only one point.
Patrick Huisman (winner): "This is a truly emotional weekend for me with a very important win. When success eluded me on the tracks in 2004 some where ready to doubt my abilities as a racing driver without asking for the reasons. Now I am obviously back. Today's race was tricky in the beginning. We had chosen a very conservative set-up, so Stephane was really attacking me in the opening phase. But then his tyres seemed to be finished, and I pulled away."
Alessandro Zampedri (third): "I haven't got a clue what David was doing there. Suddenly he literally drove over my car! I am happy to take home the points for second place, because the entire weekend was tough - the practice, qualifying and those 16 laps. Next is Nuerburgring. I don't really like it. But I'll do my very best to make it a one-two in the drivers points for our Lechner Team."