Posted by: porschebahn | July 27, 2009

Race report for Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup round 8 at the Hungarian Grand Prix

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Ungarn 2009

René Rast achieves hat-trick on the Hungaroring

With his third win in succession, René Rast (Germany) underlined his title ambition in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Driving the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup fielded by VELTINS MRS Racing, he secured a clear light to flag victory at the hot race on the Hungaroring on the outskirts of Budapest ahead of Jan Seyffarth (Germany) and points’ leader Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) after starting from pole position and also turned the fastest race lap.

On the twisty Grand Prix circuit, the reigning Carrera Cup champion made an excellent start to hold onto his lead followed by guest start Jan Seyffarth (tolimit/Seyffarth Motorsport) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (Konrad Motorsport). Trailing the trio, Slovakia’s Stefan Rosina (Walter Lechner Racing School) passed his teammate Damien Faulkner from Ireland after getting away well at the start to bring home fourth place. Rosina, who had secured second place from the race on the Nürburgring, attempted several times to overtake the stalwart title defender, Bleekemolen, but to no avail. Nevertheless, he moved up the points’ table into third place to now put pressure on Patrick Huisman (SPS Performance). The Supercup record winner from the Netherlands received a stop-and-go penalty after jumping the start and finished eleventh.

The surprise of the race was Supercup newcomer Siso Cunill. Driving for Konrad Motorsport, the Spaniard turned his strong drive in qualifying into his best performance to date in the series with sixth place. With this, he held much more experienced pilots at bay like the Austrian Norbert Siedler (VELTINS MRS Racing) and Jiri Janak (Konrad Motorsport) from the Czech Republic, who had to settle for seventh and eighth respectively.

Drivers comments

René Rast (winner): “I’m simply over the moon. Three pole positions, three wins – that is incredible, particularly because I haven’t tested at all this season and due to drive-shaft problems we only drove half the free practice. Jan was really strong in the first laps, but then I managed to pull away and bring victory home without too many problems.”

Jan Seyffarth (second): “At the beginning I was actually a bit faster than René, but I just couldn’t find a way past him. After the halfway point in the race I lost contact with him and then concentrated on Jeroen who was shadowing me and trying to overtake. But it’s really difficult to overtake on this circuit so I knew my second place was relatively safe.”

Jeroen Bleekemolen (third): “I was as fast as the drivers in front of me, but unlike Jan, who started as a guest and had nothing to lose, I was fighting for the championship. I had the Lechner boys trailing me and they were determined to get by, so my first priority was to keep them at distance. That’s not easy, so the strategy here is to get away well at the start and pull away – then you don’t have these problems.”

Race result – round 8 of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2009:

1. René Rast (GER), VELTINS MRS Racing, 26:18.224 minutes
2. Jan Seyffarth (GER), tolimit/Seyffarth Motorsport, + 3.353 seconds
3. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), Konrad Motorsport, + 8.374
4. Stefan Rosina (SVK), Walter Lechner Racing School, + 10.121
5. Damien Faulkner (IRL), Walter Lechner Racing School, +10.361
6. Siso Cunill (ESP), Konrad Motorsport, + 30.578

Drivers’ classification after 8 of 13 races

1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), 154 points
2. René Rast (GER), 120
3. Stefan Rosina (SVK), 98
4. Patrick Huisman (NED), 96
5. Richard Westbrook (GBR), 78
6. Damien Faulkner (IRL), 75

Round 9 on the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place on 23 August as support to the European Grand Prix in Valencia/Spain.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Ungarn 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Ungarn 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Ungarn 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Ungarn 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Ungarn 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Ungarn 2009

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