Third Round at the Austrian Grand Prix Light to Flag Win for Frank Stippler - Pierre Kaffer Extends Points' Lead Whilst Frank Stippler (Germany) improved his position in the drivers' points from sixth to fourth with a light to flag win at the ...
Third Round at the Austrian Grand Prix
Light to Flag Win for Frank Stippler - Pierre Kaffer Extends Points' Lead
Whilst Frank Stippler (Germany) improved his position in the drivers' points from sixth to fourth with a light to flag win at the third round of the Porsche Michelin Supercup on Austria's A1-Ring, his Infineon Team Farnbacher team mate Pierre Kaffer (Germany) extended his lead from ten to eighteen points after taking second in today's race.
Kaffer had taken up the 16 lap sprint from third on the grid and overtook guest starter Christian Menzel (Germany) in lap ten. One lap later Menzel succumbed to an attack from Walter Lechner jr (Austria) and Wolf Henzler (Germany). After the finish Menzel reported that the handling of his Porsche deteriorated presumably due to the wrong choice of tyre pressure.
Walter Lechner jr. (Austria) finished his home race in third place, which is the best result to date of the 22-year-old, who is a newcomer to the Porsche Michelin Supercup this season. Wolf Henzler put in a strong performance which saw him go from ninth on the grid to fourth place at the flag. The Austrian and Henzler share second place in the drivers' standings with the same tally.
Luca Riccitelli from Italy, who had travelled to Austria ranking second, complained about his car's engine performance during the qualifying and the race. Riccitelli finished tenth and falls back to fifth position overall.
VIP driver and ski ace Hans Knauss (Austria) finished 17th, whilst tennis star Thomas Muster in the VIP Carrera number one missed a gear, damaged the clutch and retired.
Frank Stippler (winner): "This was a clean race. After I had put four seconds between me and Pierre I cut down the speed a bit, avoided the kerbs and drove home."
Pierre Kaffer (second): "My fight with Christian Menzel was really tough. In the opening phase I gave in a little, because every point counts and Christian had nothing to lose. He's a tough customer."
Walter Lechner jr. (third): "The car and the tyres were simply fantastic. I finally managed to turn a good qualifying into a good race result. My start was super and in the first three laps I could match the pace of the top group. Menzel made a slight mistake so Wolf and I made the most of it. In the final laps Wolf put me under a lot of pressure until he was held up by a back-marker."
<pre> Race result: 1. Frank Stippler (Germany) Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM 26.15.870 2. Pierre Kaffer (Germany) Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM 4.280 3. Walter Lechner jr. (Austria) Walter Lechner Racing School Team 6.188 4. Wolf Henzler (Germany) Aqua Nova Racing Team Kadach 7.203 5. Christian Menzel (Germany) Tolimit Motorsport 8.681 6. Klaus Graf (Germany) Tolimit Motorsport 9.509 7. Patrick Huisman (Netherlands) DeWalt Racing/PZRO-JAM 10.013 8. Alessandro Zampedri (Italy) DeWalt Racing/PZRO-JAM 14.450 9. Tim Bergmeister (Germany) Infineon Team Farnbacher PZM 20.025 10. Luca Riccitelli (Italy) Conrero Squadra Corse 23.685
Driver's standings 1 Kaffer 58 2 Lechner 40 Henzler 40 4 Stippler 38 5 Riccitelli 37 6 Huisman 26 Graf 26 Bleekemolen 26 9 Lancelotti 19 10 Zampedri 18