A new wild card has been thrown into the fight for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup title: After two straight wins, René Rast (Germany) now moves into the role of arch rival to points’ leader Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands). On the Hungaroring just outside Budapest, where the world’s fastest international brand trophy series runs as support to Formula 1 on Sunday, the fascinating duel between the two most successful pilots this season moves into the next round.
“After the first races it looked as if Jeroen would prove unbeatable this year. It gives me a lot of confidence to have beaten him twice,” said VELTINS MRS Racing pilot René Rast, after his victory on the Nürburgring. Extending the season by two rounds on 31 October and 1 November in Abu Dhabi, the largest of the United Arab Emirates, also keeps the race for the title open. Jeroen Bleekemolen, reigning champion and Konrad Motorsport pilot, said: “We’re just half way. Nothing is decided yet.”
If the duel amongst the leaders turns into a three-way fight in the next races depends on Patrick Huisman. Driving for the SPS Performance squad, the Supercup record winner from the Netherlands has not yet notched up a victory this season but is still within striking distance in third overall. And showing that he’s always good for a surprise, he put in a brilliant chase recently on the Nürburgring, ploughing through the field after starting from 13th on the grid to cross the finish line in fourth.
Another pilot to go from strength to strength is Stefan Rosina. Driving for Walter Lechner Racing School, the Slovakian brought home second place from the Nürburgring, his best Supercup performance to date, even managing to hold strong rivals like Jeroen Bleekemolen and Patrick Huisman at a distance. His improving form is not least due to the fact that he can now concentrate more on his racing. Prior to the race in the Eifel he completed his studies in Business & Marketing Management at Oxford Brookes University.
On the Hungaroring, the Jetstream-Federsand Motorsport squad with double Supercup champion Richard Westbrook (Great Britain) and Matt Halliday (New Zealand), as the best rookie of the season, is expected to return to the series. The team stood down for the Nürburgring event due to problems with sponsors. Because of this, Richard Westbrook, winner of the Barcelona and Monte Carlo races this season, had to relinquish hopes of challenging the favourites Jeroen Bleekemolen and René Rast. Norbert Sielder, on the other hand, would be pleased to achieve his first podium result. The VELTINS MRS Racing pilot from Austria has already shown he has the skill with his strong drive and fifth place on the Nürburgring.
Television stations “Eurosport 2” (11.45 hrs) and “Sky Sport 2” (11.30 hrs) broadcast the race on the Hungaroring live on 26 July. In addition, “Eurosport” televises highlights on Sunday evening in its “Motorsports Weekend” programme.
1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), 136 points
2. René Rast (GER), 98
3. Patrick Huisman (NED), 91
4. Stefan Rosina (SVK), 82
5. Richard Westbrook (GBR), 78
6. Matt Halliday (NZL), 69
1. Matt Halliday (NZL), 69 points
1. Konrad Motorsport, 189 points
2. Federsand-Jetstream Motorsport, 156
3. VELTINS MRS Racing, 151