VALENCIA RACE: RAST DOMINATES, TUDOR DRIVER HUISMAN FINISHES IN THE POINTS After an absence of several weeks, it was with much anticipation that the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2010 season continued. The teams and drivers returned to the...
VALENCIA RACE: RAST DOMINATES, TUDOR DRIVER HUISMAN FINISHES IN THE POINTS
After an absence of several weeks, it was with much anticipation that the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2010 season continued. The teams and drivers returned to the championship in preparation for the Valencia round, which saw blue skies and sunshine paint a picturesque setting for the Tudor-sponsored event.
The Valencia street circuit witnessed a flawless performance by Al Faisal Lechner Racing's Rene Rast, as the German blistered across the finish line to claim yet another first place victory and the lead in this year's championship. Rast executed an impressive display of driving ability while he clinched his fourth win of the season and the tenth of his racing career.
From the moment the green light flashed, Rast made the most of his pole position and remained in the lead for the duration of the race. Finishing ahead of Veltins MRS Racing's Norbert Siedler, teammate Jeroen Bleekemolen, and Supercup veteran Jaap Van Lagen of Team Bleekemolen Harders Plaza, Rast gained valuable points and continued his dominating run that has been ongoing throughout the season.
Patrick Huisman completed the 14-lap race to finish in 7th place, mere milliseconds behind Lechner Racing's Stefan Rosina (SVK). While the practice session went particularly well for the Konrad Motorsport competitor, as he clocked an impressive 2:10.367 to finish in 9th place, Huisman's 6th place qualifying time was overturned due to a technical infringement that occurred when his wheels left the track as he entered turn 20. However, it did not take the Dutch driver long to find his bearings yet again as he sped to the 7th fastest timing moment later on his seventh lap, with a time of 2:09.390. Huisman is currently ranked 7th, with 40 points, in the overall standings following the race in Valencia.
The Tudor-sponsored driver stated; "I was pushing very hard during the entire weekend and managed to achieve a reasonable pace. I wanted to capitalize on our testing experiences and the technical information we have gathered this season following Bahrain, Hockenheim and Monaco."
"This race also saw me compete in a much fitter condition as I am slimmer and lighter," continued Huisman, who has lost 12 kilograms in his bid to become more competitive. "We were hoping for excellent results as the track fit the configuration of the car, but we made some small mistakes in the set-up."
"I was convinced that our car and our team are strong. We had a very defined and clear racing strategy this round: continuously attack to gain positions in the first group. While I really enjoy the Valencia city track layout, it does not have the same technical aspects and characteristics that you find in Barcelona or Monaco. I have to be realistic in that the top ten are very strong and it is a competitive battle. We made a few minor mistakes, but they ended up having a big impact on our racing performance. Nevertheless, I am happy about the team and the results is that we gained some valuable points and some excellent track experience."
Pole-sitter and winner Rene Rast of Al Faisal Lechner Racing commented; "What more can I say - it was the perfect weekend! I was fastest in the free practice and qualifying session, and during the race I managed to stay in the lead from start to finish for another win. It was a very good race and the team worked very hard to make sure we would achieve an optimum performance. They did such a good job that it was a bit quiet at the front of the pack. The rest of the field didn't have a chance against us. When it works, it really works. I am happy for the team to have achieved what we did."
Second place finisher Norbert Siedler was also pleased with his result: "Rene Rast was simply untouchable today. But my car ran like clockwork and I had a good race. I hoped to catch Rene towards the middle of the race, but he was very fast and I did not want to risk the possibility of finishing in second by pushing too hard."
Third place finisher Jeroen Bleekemolen, said: "I tried to do the best I could today. Rene drove a very good race at the front and I don't think I could have done better than third today. Although I'm quite happy with my result because it helps my second position in the overall classification."
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Top 5 finishers
1. Rene Rast (DEU) - Al Faisal Lechner Racing (KSA) - 30:35.701
2. Norbert Siedler (AUT) - VELTINS MRS Racing (GER) - + 7.259
3. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED) - Al Faisal Lechner Racing (KSA) - + 10.670
4. Jaap van Lagen (NED) - Team Bleekemolen Harders Plaza (NED) - + 15.019
5. Sean Edwards (GBR) - Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit (GER) - +17.756
Rene Rast (DEU) - Al Faisal Lechner Racing (KSA) - 2:10.070
Top 3 drivers overall
Rene Rast (DEU) - Al Faisal Lechner Racing (KSA) - 88 points
Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED) - Al Faisal Lechner Racing (KSA) - 74 points
Nick Tandy (GBR) - Konrad Motorsports (GER) - 68 points