Second pole position for Nicholas Tandy
Nicholas Tandy from Great Britain takes up the eighth race of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup season on the Hungaroring from the front of the grid. At the wheel of his Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, he secured his second pole position this season on the Grand Prix circuit near Budapest and was 0.087 seconds off his compatriot Sean Edwards driving for the Abu Dhabi by tolimit team.
Points’ leader René Rast (Germany), pole-sitter and winner at Budapest last year, tackles Sunday’s race from only the third starting place. Rast, who has won four races this season, shares the second row with Jeroen Bleekemolen, his teammate at Al Faisal Lechner Racing. The title defender from the Netherlands returns to the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup series in Budapest after missing the last two rounds in Silverstone and Hockenheim due to his racing commitments in the American Le Mans Series.
The fifth spot on the grid went to Jaap van Lagen (Team Bleekemolen Harders Plaza). Lining up alongside the Dutchman is Norbert Siedler from Austria, winner from the Barcelona round. His teammate Jan Seyffarth (Germany) who claimed his best result of the season last Sunday on the Hockenheimring with second for the VELTINS MRS Racing squad, takes up the race from the fourth row alongside Supercup record winner Patrick Huisman (Konrad Motorsport). Rounding off the top ten qualifiers are Kuba Giermaziak (Poland, Verva Racing Team) and Slovakia’s Stefan Rosina (Lechner Racing), who, sitting third in the points, had hoped for a better grid position.
Local hero Csaba Walter put in a surprising performance. As a guest driver in the VIP-911 GT3 Cup run by Porsche AG, he was just seven-tenths off the pole-sitter in twelfth position.
Nicholas Tandy (pole-sitter): “At the head of the grid – now that’s the place I like to be to start a race. Obviously I’m very pleased, not least because we are now consistently fast: In Silverstone we took pole, in Hockenheim the fastest time would have been possible and now we’re right up the front again here. So it looks really good. We were considerably faster in the second session than the first, and that’s how it should be. René is only on third, and that’s a chance I won’t waste.”
Sean Edwards (second in qualifying): “At last I’m where I belong. I’m very pleased, our team has really worked well. Now we just have to turn all this into a good race result. Nick needs the points so he’ll be up for the risk. But let’s see, maybe I can outdrag him at the start, then anything is possible.”
René Rast (third in qualifying): “I’m not too worried. I would have been happy to take the two extra points for pole position but it didn’t work out. I’d rather have a guy like Tandy in front of me than behind me in the race. I’m going for the title, so I’ll be trying my hardest to bring home a good result and earn as many points as possible. If I can keep this up for the last two races, nothing can really go wrong.”
1. Nicholas Tandy (GB), Konrad Motorsport, 1:49.271 minutes
2. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, + 0.087 seconds
3. René Rast (D), Al Faisal Lechner Racing, + 0.134
4. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Al Faisal Lechner Racing, +0.208
5. Jaap van Lagen (NL), Team Bleekemolen Harders Plaza, + 0.241
6. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS MRS Racing, + 0,657