ZANDVOORT, Netherlands American Patrick Long's strong run in the Zandvoort round of the German Carrera Cup last weekend ended when a cut tire forced a pit stop, effectively ending his challenge for a podium finish. He finished in 13th ...
ZANDVOORT, Netherlands American Patrick Long's strong run in the Zandvoort round of the German Carrera Cup last weekend ended when a cut tire forced a pit stop, effectively ending his challenge for a podium finish. He finished in 13th position.
Long qualified in fifth spot at the famed Zandvoort beach-side circuit, scene of the Dutch Grand Prix for many years. At the green flag, Long vaulted into fourth by the first turn and settled in for a podium challenge. Unfortunately, Long's Porsche developed increasing oversteer after the third lap, a problem caused by a slowly deflating rear tire.
Long dashed into the pits and rejoined the fray 33 seconds behind the next car. Driving hard, Long managed to catch and pass two cars, along the way setting the second fastest lap of the race, a mere .01 seconds off the quickest lap.
"What a disappointment," Long said. "The kerbs at Zandvoort are quite high, to keep the sand away from the circuit. I'm sure the kerbing cut the inside of my rear tire, causing the oversteer. I was on the pace and was confident of securing a top three finish. I've had a bit of tough luck with cut tires. Still, I'm looking forward to scoring a podium at the series finale at the Nurburgring."
In recent races, Long has won from pole at the Norisring and was leading from off-pole at the Nurburgring until a flat tire ended his day. He has also showed stellar form in the Michelin Supercup series, a support event to all F1 Grand Prix: a third at Monaco, a second (from pole) at the Nurburgring, and a fourth at Silverstone.
The next German Carrera Cup will be held at the Nurburgring in Germany on October 4th . As a member of the UPS Porsche Junior team, Long is contesting the entire German Porsche Carrera Cup series and select Porsche Michelin Supercup events.
This is Long's sixth year of living and racing in Europe, where he has won international events in karting, Formula Ford, Formula Renault, and German Porsche Carrera Cup. For more information on Patrick Long visit his website at: www.patricklong.com. Information on the Porsche Carrera Cup can be found on the German language website: www.racecam.de.