Rainy Sunday morning in Spa The Porsche Supercup season 2005 was successful for the Lechner Racing School Team. With Alessandro Zampedri becoming Champion in Monza and Patrick Huisman coming to Spa as the Vice-Champion, the race at Spa could be...
Rainy Sunday morning in Spa
The Porsche Supercup season 2005 was successful for the Lechner Racing School Team. With Alessandro Zampedri becoming Champion in Monza and Patrick Huisman coming to Spa as the Vice-Champion, the race at Spa could be the end of a great season. Patrick had only one point advantage over local driver David Saelens. Huisman, who had the most wins this season and is the most experienced driver in the championship with nine years Supercup, has had more wins here in Spa than any other driver in the championship.
The qualification session for Patrick was divided in two parts. "I wasted a complete set of tyres", said Patrick who surprisingly improved more than 7 tenths in the second part of the qualify, where most of the drivers were slower.
New champion Alessandro Zampedri was able to put his Porsche on P6. "I just couldn't do any better today" was his comment
Patrick: "Let's say that I have mixed feelings about my qualification session. Of course I am happy that we could improve the car during the qualification session. When you look at the grip conditions on the track we were too aggressive with the setup. But looking at the time I put on the clocks, I think I have to be satisfied. The longer the qualifying session ran, the slower the circuit became. As far as I know, I'm the only one who improved on their time with the second set of tyres."
Geoffrey Horion 3rd: "I reckon I could have achieved pole position today. Already in the second lap I managed my quickest time. But I wasn't performing at my best. By the time I felt better the track had slower considerably."
The race on the weather-wise always unstable track of Spa Francorchamps was held under wet conditions. That is why the whole field was starting behind the safetycar. Patrick was able to keep his second starting position throughout the race and finished second behind Dirk Werner. Werner doesn't get any point since he is not racing the full championship which means that Patrick takes full points with him back to Holland. David Saelens clashed with Duncan Huisman and couldn't continue the race. This makes Patrick Porsche Supercup 2005 vice-champion."
Patrick: "the conditions on the track were very difficult. "After four corners I knew it wasn't my race. I experienced too much understeer. I just had to keep looking in the mirror and bring my car over the finish line. I could stay with the pace of Dirk and the gap was stable between 1 or 2 seconds. I knew I had to get as many points as possible because the points- gap between me and Saelens was not too big when we started this race. Still, I'm thrilled to have taken maximum points from five races this season. And thanks to my vice-champion title my squad earned a double victory in the team standings. That is an excellent omen for 2006."
The clash of Duncan Huisman and David Saelens had some extra impact on the race. While Saelens and Huisman were coming out of the escape route Saelens hit Alex, breaking down his cooler and making him retire from the race. "It is a shame that this happens" said Alex. I am champion already so I didn't really loose anything, but still this is not the way you should coming back on the track after an accident. He should have come back behind my car and not in my car"
The season of the Lechner Racing Team 1 was very successful. With the most wins during this season, having the champion and the vice champion in the team the season ended in the way everybody has hoped for.