Patrick Huisman wins - Wolf Henzler reclaims points lead At the tenth round of the Porsche Michlein Supercup in Italy's Monza, Patrick Huisman notched up his first win of the 2003 season. In the seventh of twelve laps the Dutchman took the lead...
Patrick Huisman wins - Wolf Henzler reclaims points lead
At the tenth round of the Porsche Michlein Supercup in Italy's Monza, Patrick Huisman notched up his first win of the 2003 season. In the seventh of twelve laps the Dutchman took the lead from Patrick Long when the American was ordered into the pits for a stop-and-go penalty for shortcutting the first chicane. Huisman's success at Monza marks his 18th Supercup win in a career which yielded four consecutive overall victories from 1997 to 2000.
Wolf Henzler (Germany), who had taken up the race from fifth on the grid, finished the sprint second after overtaking Frank Stippler in the penultimate lap. Pierre Kaffer saw the chequered flag as fourth.
Polesitter Mike Rockenfeller (Germany) brought his countryman Klaus Graf's race to an end in the first lap, pushing the fourth starter in qualifying from the track. Whilst Graf retired immediately Rockenfeller continued to the Ascari chicane where his car came sideways when a tyre that had been damaged in the accident came off the rim. This accident abruptly ended the race for Emmanuel Collard (France), Alessandro Zampedri (Italy) and Tim Bergmeister (Germany), and resulted in the safety car coming out to lead the field until the fifth lap.
In the drivers' points Wolf Henzler reclaimed the lead from Pierre Kaffer who had only topped the points standings two weeks ago at Budapest. Kaffer now trails Henzler by four points and now shares the same points tally with his team mate Frank Stippler. Hence, the fight for the 2003 Porsche Michelin Supercup will be decided at the finale in Indianapolis, where two races take place on the 27th and 28th of September.
Patrick Huisman (winner): Immediately after the start I overtook three cars before the first chicane. Then came Mike's accident. The drivers at the top lifted their foot for a second and I closed in on them. When Patrick Long suddenly disappeared I didn't know what was going on. My motto for today's race was: Keep the overview when chaos prevails.
Race Result: 1. Patrick Huisman (Netherlands), DeWalt Racing/PZRO-JAM, 28:34.661min 2. Wolf Henzler (Germany), Aqua Nova Racing Team Kadach, 0.239sec behind 3. Frank Stippler (Germany), Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM, 1.17 4. Pierre Kaffer (Germany), Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM, 1.816 5. Sascha Maassen (Germany), Porsche AG, 2.306 6. Rinaldo Capello (Italy), Porsche AG, 3.083 7. Walter Lechner jr. (Austria), Walter Lechner Racing School Team, 4.654 8. Christian Menzel (Germany), Tolimit Motorsport, 5.019 9. Patrick Long (USA), UPS Porsche-Junior Team, 5.304 10. Ellen Lohr (Germany), Aqua Nova Racing Team Kadach; 10.347
1 Henzler 164 2 Kaffer 150 Stippler 150 4 Huisman 122 5 Lechner 103 6 Zampedri 67 7 Graf 63 8 Studenic 60 9 Bergmeister 56 10 S. Bleekemolen 54