Porsche Mobil1 Supercup SPA Belgium - P6 and P9 race for Tudor's Williams and Huisman at Spa - Congratulations Richard ! August 30, 2009 Saturday, August 29, 2009 - The Spa-Francorchamps F1 weekend staged in the Belgian Ardennes mountains on...
Porsche Mobil1 Supercup SPA Belgium - P6 and P9 race for Tudor's Williams and Huisman at Spa - Congratulations Richard !
August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009 - The Spa-Francorchamps F1 weekend staged in the Belgian Ardennes mountains on the legendary 7 kilometers long circuit represents one the biggest challenges of the season for any driver, including the 17 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup racers.
Patrick Huisman and Richard Williams, the two SPS Tudor drivers moved from Valencia to Spa once again higher up in the overall classification: 3rd place in the driver's championship for Patrick Huisman with 111 points and 10th place respectively for Richard Williams with 57 points.
On Saturday, new rules for the battle for pole position in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup were implemented, meaning that there are now two timed practice sessions, with the fastest ten taking part in an exciting shoot-out. But only one of the two SPS Tudor managed to make it for the second part of the qualifying session: UK's Richard Williams ranking 8th after Q1 and Q2, while Dutchman Patrick Huisman, only 13th had to watch Q2 from the pits.
This Sunday morning there was lots of excitement in the 11-lap / 77 Km race. After a good start, both SPS Tudor team drivers looked strong. Patrick Huisman pushed hard and finished 9th from a 13th position on the grid. His teammate Richard Williams finished in sixth position.
Richard Williams, who recently got engaged to girlfriend Tanya, had a strong week-end. He finished sixth in the race after he qualified in eighth position. He said, "My aim was to qualify top ten, so I reached my goal and I was satisfied with P8. The first part of the qualifying was good to us. I made full use of the track and ranked fifth in Q1. In the second part of qualifying I made a small mistake and I was a bit disappointed to be 8th. But I met our target and what is important is the race. On a dry track we had to be strong, and the track is demanding here. There is a difficult middle sector with Pouhon and Blanchimont for instance. My favorite corner is Stavelot and I am always cautious in the tricky bus-stop chicane. Anything and everything can happen here.
"In the race I did not have a too bad start. My original plan was to go around the outside of turn 1. But it did not work out like that. Anyway everything went smooth and Spa being one of my favorite tracks, I enjoyed the race a lot. Unfortunately I made a mistake three laps from the end, when Rast had a problem and I did not react quickly enough. I would have finished fifth if I had done so! It would have been my best finish. But I am progressing a lot. A great day for the team."
The other SPS Tudor driver Patrick Huisman said, "I do not know what happened to the car. It was difficult when we started on Friday and for qualifying. Maybe the cold track temperature played tricks on us. At least we kept a new set of tires. That's the good side of it despite the results. But I am disappointed to have finished only 9th. At least I stayed on track all the time. It looks easy here, but it is not when your car is difficult to handle like ours has been for the last three races at Nuerburgring, Budapest and Valencia. I find that we are off the pace and even if the car feels good we have no speed. We definitely must improve this for Monza.
27 years old reigning Champion Jeroen Bleekemolen (Konrad Motorsport) won the race after starting from pole and said: "What else could I dream of here? This win increases my lead of the Championship. A good effort that prepares us for a good race in Monza."
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