VIRTUAL PODIUM FOR PATRICK HUISMAN AT SILVERSTONE! SILVERSTONE, JUNE 21 2009 - Patrick Huisman enjoyed a successful showing in Silverstone this weekend, during the sixth round of the Mobil 1 Porsche Super Cup. The SPS Performance driver started...
VIRTUAL PODIUM FOR PATRICK HUISMAN AT SILVERSTONE!
SILVERSTONE, JUNE 21 2009 - Patrick Huisman enjoyed a successful showing in Silverstone this weekend, during the sixth round of the Mobil 1 Porsche Super Cup. The SPS Performance driver started the weekend on British soil strongly with fourth position in free practice and qualified on the fourth starting row (P7) for Sunday's 14 lap race. After having survived a troubled start, the Dutch ace soon recovered and benefitted from two drivers being penalized with a drive through penalty. After having tangled around with Matt Halliday halfway the race, the four times champion chased James Sutton to the finish line and eventually finished in fourth position. But with Sutton as a guest driver not taking any points, Huisman netted 16 points to boost his 2009 title ambitions.
In the championship standings, Huisman is currently in third position (77 points) and trails second placed Richard Westbrook, who didn't started this weekend, by only one point. Rene Rast is in fourth position with an amount of 76 points.
FREE PRACTISE AND QUALIFYING
Having fitted his Porsche 911 GT3 with used tyres for Friday's free practice session, Huisman surprised many in the Mobil 1 Porsche Super Cup paddock by still setting the fourth best lap time. As his renewed cooperation with engineer Patrick de Groot clearly seems to pay off, Huisman entered Saturday's qualifying aiming a top grid position.
With the Formula One rubber (with its high grip level) still on the 5.141 kilometer long track, Huisman and his 16 colleagues only had one proper chance to set their fastest time, which was in their first flying lap. Eager to have a go for pole position, the 42-year old Dutchman was a bit too enthusiastic in his 'flyer' and went wide at the Maggots/Becketts combination and lost approximately half a second. A shame as this margin should have been enough to secure him a spot on the front starting row. Huisman now had to be content with seventh position for Sunday's sixth race of the season.
Having produced another good start at Sunday morning, Huisman immediately got past Damien Faulkner to grab P6 in Copse corner. But after his team mate Richard Williams was put on the grass by Rene Rast, Huisman had to lift in order to avoid Williams getting back on the circuit. By doing this, the both allowed Matt Halliday to pass them but soon they set things straight by regaining their original position. In the fourth lap, Huisman was promoted to fourth position as Willams and Stefan Rosina were given a drive through penalty for an alleged jump start.
On from that moment, Huisman charged guest driver James Sutton hard for third position, but couldn't find a way past him. With the knowledge that guest drivers don't score championship points and he was virtually on the podium, Huisman settled for fourth position and grabbed 16 valuable championship points.
PATRICK HUISMAN: "It feels good adding 16 points to my championship tally, after having virtually finished on the podium today. This result brings me right back on track, with Richard Westbrook not having competed and therefore scored zero points this weekend. Even though Jeroen Bleekemolen is already pretty much ahead of us all, I will do my utmost to get ahead of Westbrook and stay ahead of Rast at our next race at the Nurburgring, which will be my team's home race. Overall, I'm very pleased with our performances this weekend, despite making a mistake myself in qualifying. We ran three cars this weekend and each of them performed flawless all three days. I hope we can repeat this at the 'Ring' in a fortnight!"