Posted by: porschebahn | August 23, 2009

Race report for Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup round 9 at the European Grand Prix

 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Ungarn 2009
 
René Rast keeps title fight open with fourth win

René Rast is the man of the day in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup: On the street circuit in the harbour of Valencia, the German celebrated his fourth win in succession with the 911 GT3 Cup of VELTINS MRS Racing, and with this keeps the fight for the title open. In a gripping duel at the head of the field, he again beat Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands), the Konrad Motorsport pilot, title defender and current points’ leader. Surprisingly, third place went to Lance David Arnold (Germany) competing for SPS Performance who had started from twelfth on the grid.

Taking up the race from pole position, René Rast got away well and successfully held off the constantly attacking Jeroen Bleekemolen in the early phase. The Dutchman turned the fastest lap on the Grand Prix circuit in the Spanish America’s Cup harbour in his attempt, but did not manage to overtake. With his victory and four races to go, the reigning Carrera Cup champion Rast reduced his gap to Bleekemolen, who has led since the beginning of the season, to just 30 points.

For two drivers who took off with great hopes, their race was already over in the first corner: Jiri Janak from the Czech Republic (Konrad Motorsport) braked too late and sent not only himself but Damien Faulkner into retirement. For the Irishman from Walter Lechner Racing School, and vice-champion from 2007 and 2008, this was particularly tragic: His third in qualifying was his best starting position so far in a season that has been rather disappointing. The Brazilian newcomer Valdeno Brito (Konrad Motorsport Austria) also didn’t return from the first lap.

Finishing behind the former Porsche Junior Lance David Arnold, who used the start collision to catapult himself from twelfth to third place, his SPS Performance teammate Patrick Huisman saw the flag in fourth after a spectacular charge through the field. With this result, the Supercup record winner from the Netherlands moved back into third place overall in the points’ standings – a fitting gift on his 43rd birthday. Also driving for SPS Performance, Richard Williams from Great Britain received the flag in fifth place. Slovakia’s Stefan Rosina (Walter Lechner Racing School), who had also fallen back in the first lap due to the collision, fought his way through the field to finish sixth.

Drivers’ comments

René Rast (winner): “Four straight wins – I’m simply ecstatic. Again we did everything right. A huge thanks to my team. I got away well, but early on Jeroen was a little faster, I made some slight errors and once I didn’t get the right gear in correctly and he immediately pulled alongside me. I managed to regain my lead and go on to control the race successfully.”

Jeroen Bleekemolen (second): “That was a great race. After the start I was actually quicker than René but didn’t manage to overtake him. I didn’t want to go all out and risk everything. Taking the championship into account, I’m happy with second.”

Lance David Arnold (third): “Sometimes it’s just important to be in the right place at the right time. My start was fantastic because I still had a set of new tyres from qualifying. My team order was to attack in the first two laps and then wait to see how the race developed. Then suddenly the collision happened in front of me and I knew I had to use the chance. A great race.”

Statistics

Race result
1. René Rast (GER), VELTINS MRS Racing, 30:52.084 minutes
2. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), Konrad Motorsport, + 2.539
3. Lance David Arnold (GER), SPS Performance, + 17.784
4. Patrick Huisman (NED), SPS Performance, + 33.202
5. Richard Williams (GBR), SPS Performance, + 38.734
6. Stefan Rosina (SVK), Walter Lechner Racing School, + 39.408

Drivers’ classification after 9 of 13 races
1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), 172 points
2. René Rast (GER), 142
3. Patrick Huisman (NED), 111
4. Stefan Rosina (SVK), 108
5. Richard Westbrook (GBR), 78
6. Damien Faulkner (IRL), 75

Round 10 of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup takes place on 30 August as support to the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps.


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