Spa: Round nine summary

Stephane Ortelli opens the Gap with another Win Stuttgart. Full points were up for grabs for the Porsche Michelin SuperCup and the national German Carrera Cup at the Porsche Anniversary Cup in Spa Francorchamps this weekend. Both racing series...

Stephane Ortelli opens the Gap with another Win

Stuttgart. Full points were up for grabs for the Porsche Michelin SuperCup and the national German Carrera Cup at the Porsche Anniversary Cup in Spa Francorchamps this weekend. Both racing series competed as one field on the occasion of the SuperCup's tenth anniversary with a grid of 39 racing sportscars.

With Stephane Ortelli (Monaco) as the winner and Marc Lieb (Germany) taking second after the ten-lap sprint, the two leaders increased their points advantage of the respective series.

After a flying start, Ortelli immediately leapt into the lead and defended his position against Marc Lieb, who kept the pressure on over the entire race distance. Frank Stippler secured third at his first ever race on the Ardennes circuit, followed by Frenchman Cyrille Sauvage.

Last year's winner in Spa, Marco Werner (Switzerland) brought home ninth place after a fierce duel with Wolf Henzler. In the SuperCup standings, Werner now ranks second overall sharing the same points tally with Alessandro Zampedri from Italy in third.

In the German Carrera Cup, Pierre Kaffer retains his second overall position, after netting fifth at Spa. Frank Stippler, as third overall in the national series, was able to reduce the gap to Kaffer.

Stephane Ortelli (winner): "I'm thrilled to win the SuperCup race in Spa, especially after winning the 24 hour race here four weeks ago. Although I have to admit Marc Lieb made things much harder for me than I expected. I must compliment him - he's improving constantly."

Marc Lieb (second): "What a fantastic race, everything ran beautifully, I didn't take any risks and was able to race exactly at the pace I wanted. It's a wonderful feeling to win four races in a row. I'm over the moon - now I'm going to shout my team a few drinks!"

Frank Stippler (third): "I'm happy with my race. During the second half I tried to attack, but the two in front were simply too quick. Cyrille Sauvage got past me at the start and it took me three laps to catch and overtake him. By that time the gap to the front was too great. My only chance would have been if Stephane or Marc made a mistake."

Cyrille Sauvage (fourth): "Fourth place here means second place in the SuperCup classification, and that's my best result to date. After the first three laps I had no chance to keep up with Frank Stippler and to be honest I stepped down the pace a little just to maintain my position. The points were more important to me."

Race Result:
1. Stephane Ortelli (MC), Kadach Tuning, 25:24.803min
2. Marc Lieb (D), UPS Porsche-Junior Team, 1.578sec behind
3. Frank Stippler (D), Infineon Team, 2.487
4. Cyrille Sauvage (F), Kwikpower XS Racing, 8.329
5. Pierre Kaffer (D), Team HP-Phoenix, 9.085
6. Sascha Maassen (D), Software AG - Manthey Racing, 11.373
7. Christian Menzel (D), Tolimit Motorsport, 12.334
8. Emmanuel Collard (F), Kwikpower XS Racing, 12.738
9. Marco Werner (D), Infineon-Team, 13.420
10. Alexander Davison (AUS), Team hp-Phoenix, 14.112

Drivers' standings:
1 Ortelli 130
2 Zampedri 96
Werner 96
4 Henzler 86
5 Bouchut 84
6 Tiemann 83
7 Peter 79
8 Collard 78
9 Bernhard 77
10 Sauvage 68
11 Davison 63
12 Seefried 51

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Drivers Emmanuel Collard , Stéphane Ortelli , Sascha Maassen , Marco Werner , Marc Lieb , Pierre Kaffer , Wolf Henzler , Frank Stippler , Cyrille Sauvage , Christian Menzel