Posted by: porschebahn | April 27, 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race 2 at the Bahrain Grand Prix Race Report

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2009
Bleekemolen celebrates another flag-to-flag victory

Jeroen Bleekemolen, reigning champion of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, gave another masterly performance at the second round of the international one-make championship. After the 27-year-old Dutchman concluded the first race of the season on Saturday with a flag-to-flag victory, he repeated this achievement at the latest 12-lap sprint on the Bahrain International Circuit. Right from the green light the former DTM pilot, who drives for Konrad Motorsport this year, planted his Porsche at the head of the field, put in an immaculate drive and held the lead to the chequered flag. Bleekemolen crossed the finish line in a time of 25:36.876 minutes.

Around 2.5 seconds shy of the leader, René Rast (Germany, VELTINS MRS Racing) ranked second. The 22-year-old youngster, who won the 2008 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, took up the sprint from second on the grid. Together with Richard Westbrook (Great Britain, Federsand-Jetstream Motorsport), who improved his position by one place to sit third after the first corner, the pair initially matched Bleekemolen’s pace. From the halfway point of the race, the leader increased the gap. At the finish line 6.7 seconds separated the third-placed Westbrook from the winner.

Patrick Huisman trailed the trio in fourth with this Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Already after the start the 42-year-old Dutchman moved from sixth to fourth place which he defended until the finish. Huisman is one of the most experienced pilots in the Supercup. With four championship titles under his belt (1997 to 2000) and 24 victories, he holds an unparalleled record.

His team mate Richard Williams put in one of the most impressive chases through the field on the Persian Gulf. The 31-year-old Briton, competing for the SPS Performance team, took up the race from tenth position and fought his way doggedly through the field. By the sixth lap he already ranked seventh and proceeded to attack Matt Halliday (New Zealand, Federsand-Jestream Motorsport), who had climbed the podium in third at Saturday’s race. The two gave a spirited and fair duel, which Williams eventually won. In the final race lap he came up against Damien Faulkner (Ireland, Walter Lechner Racing School) where until the final corner he put pressure on the Supercup vice champion of 2008 and double British Porsche Carrera Cup champion (2005 and 2006). The two turned onto the finish straight side-by-side where Williams won the sprint to the finish line. Faulkner brought home sixth.

Occupying positions seven and eight were Norbert Siedler (Austria, VELTINS MRS Racing) and Matt Halliday. Nine went to Luigi Ferrara, who last year won the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia. Behind the SANITEC Racing pilot, Stefan Rosina (Slovakia, Walter Lechner Racing School) saw the chequered flag as tenth, followed by Jiri Janak (Czech Republic, Konrad Motorsport), William Langhorne (USA, SANITEC RACING) and Abdulaziz Al Faisal (Saudi Arabia, Walter Lechner Racing School) in positions eleven through thirteen. The Spanish newcomer Siso Cunill (Konrad Motorsport) was unable to finish the race due to technical problems.

Jeroen Bleekemolen (winner): “This weekend was simply fantastic. Everything ran excellently. My team, who didn’t yet know my set-up preferences and had to get used to me, did a super job. We knew that we would be near the front, but we hadn’t expected everything to run so smoothly. Now we just have to continue working like this – then the title will be ours.”

René Rast (second): “I’m much happier than I was yesterday. Second is a very good result. My start went well and I had no difficulties matching Jeroen’s pace. He didn’t make one mistake, drove a brilliant race and left me no chance to overtake.”

Richard Westbrook (third): “It’s a great result, but I’m not totally satisfied. But it was a good start to the season. I was able to familiarise myself with the Supercup and my car again. Until the next race we have quite some work to do. We have to find around three-tenths of a second, which should be possible.”

Race result:

1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Konrad Motorsport, 25:36.876 minutes (151.549 km/h)
2. René Rast (D), VELTINS MRS Racing, + 2.497 seconds
3. Richard Westbrook (GB), Federsand-Jetstream Motorsport, + 6.768
4. Patrick Huisman (NL), SPS Performance, + 13.206
5. Richard Williams (GB), SPS Performance, + 14.678

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Bahrain 2009

 

 


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