PATRICK HUISMAN TAKES SECOND PLACE IN BARCELONA! MONTMELO, 13 MAY 2007 - In the third round of the Mobil1 Porsche Supercup at Barcelona Patrick Huisman scored a great second place. The driver of the number 11 Konrad Motorsport entry started from...
PATRICK HUISMAN TAKES SECOND PLACE IN BARCELONA!
MONTMELO, 13 MAY 2007 - In the third round of the Mobil1 Porsche Supercup at Barcelona Patrick Huisman scored a great second place. The driver of the number 11 Konrad Motorsport entry started from pole position and only had to allow reigning Porsche Supercup Richard Westbrook to pass him. In the championship standings Huisman is currently eighth with 26 points.
Patrick Huisman is also named Mister Porsche. From 1997 until 2000 Huisman dominated the Porsche Supercup by winning the title four times in a row. He then switched series and drove a Mercedes in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) for two years. In 2003 Huisman returned to the Porsches. The driver from Hengelo, The Netherlands was vice-champion with Lechner Racing School Team for two years and finished third in the championship in 2006. With 22 victories he is the most successful driver in the field.
In excellent weather conditions the only practice of the weekend took place on Friday. Huisman felt at home immediately and was at the front all the time. Eventually he put his white/mint green Porsche in sixth place on the timing sheets. In the qualifying session Huisman upped the pace even more. Because of the rubber put on the track by the Formula 1 cars, Huisman had to set his fastest lap straight away on his first set of tyres. He found a gap to do a clear flying lap and set the fastest lap. Huisman returned to the pit lane and waited for the rest of the field to react. To his pleasure he saw the other 31 drivers giving all they could but not beating his pole time of 1:50.476. This result meant the twentieth pole position in his Porsche Supercup career! The Konrad Motorsport driver also saved a set of tyres, making it possible to start the race on a new set of rubbers.
Just before the start of the race there was some commotion regarding the neck protector that was used by Huisman. The HANS-system, which protects drivers against possible neck injuries, is compulsory in the Mobil1 Porsche Supercup. On Huisman's HANS-device some of the required scrutineering stickers were not there, which lead to the organisation threatening to exclude Huisman from the race. Eventually race control allowed Huisman to start the race from the front row. The start was excellent and Huisman was able to stay in the lead. Christian Menzel and Richard Westbrook were very close to Huisman and the Dutchman took advantage of the battle between the two behind him to increase his lead. Just before the halfway point of the race Westbrook managed to close the gap though to Huisman and overtook him. After fourteen laps Huisman finished in second position. This meant he scored his first podium finish of the season. Huisman also finished as the best Dutchman of the race.
PATRICK HUISMAN: "I am satisfied with the second place. Westbrook was the man to beat today, because I really could not follow him. I had problems with the Porsche coming out of the turns with oversteer and losing a lot of traction on the following straights as a result. We really have to test a lot with the car and do some race simulations because then we will be able to close the gap to the front. At the end the car we found out that the car was not on the right ride height. And of course there was a problem with the HANS-device. In America they don't make a big deal out of it, but here in Europe my device was rejected because it lacked some scrutineering stickers and bolts. Fortunately I could borrow the HANS-device of someone that qualified outside the 107%-rule, so I was allowed to start. I am now looking forward to the race on the streets of Monaco!"