Posted by: porschebahn | September 13, 2009

Race report for Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup round 11 at the Italian Grand Prix

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2009

René Rast’s win in Monza keeps title race open

The overall winner of the 2009 Porsche Mobil1 Supercup will only be decided after the final in Abu Dhabi. With his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Renè Rast clinched his fifth win of the season on Sunday in Monza’s Royal Park and keeps the title race open. Scoring a clear light-to-flag victory, the German VELTINS MRS Racing pilot pulled away from the Dutch title defender, Jeroen Bleekemolen (Konrad Motorsport), to cross the finish line 6.226 seconds ahead of his toughest opponent.

After an excellent start from pole, Renè Rast immediately took the lead and easily defended it on the ultra-fast track to the flag. Jeroen Bleekemolen, who has four wins to his credit so far this season, was not able to match the pace of his title rival and opted for a safe second place finish in the 14-lap race. Heading into the two final rounds on the Persian Gulf, he holds a comfortable lead of 43 points and travels to the largest of the United Arab Emirates as title favourite.

Behind the two outstanding drivers of the season, Austria’s Norbert Siedler (VELTINS MRS Racing) finished third ahead of Slovakia’s Stefan Rosina (Walter Lechner Racing School), who currently ranks third overall. Fifth place went to his teammate Damien Faulkner (Ireland). The SPS Performance pilots Patrick Huisman (Netherlands) and Lance David Arnold (Germany) secured positions six and seven. Jiri Janak from the Czech Republic (Konrad Motorsport) took up the race from third and managed to overtake his teammate Jeroen Bleekemolen before he left the track and lost touch to the leaders. Janak finally had to settle for eighth.

Alessandro Zampedri (Konrad Motorsport Austria), as the best guest driver from the Carrera Cup Italia, secured ninth ahead of Konrad Motorsport’s Supercup rookie Siso Cunill from Spain.

Drivers’ comments

René Rast (winner): “That was a great race and I’m very happy that we managed to keep the title fight open. I had a super start and was able to pull away considerably in the first lap. After that it was almost like a free practice for me. I could have continued for many more laps. We had such a perfect setup that my tyres simply didn’t seem to get tired. I’m very pleased with the two podium places for our team.“

Jeroen Bleekemolen (second): “I’m thrilled. We earned crucial points and that is the most important thing. My start wasn’t good and I even had to let my teammate Jiri Janak overtake. Luckily, I managed to get by him again but the leaders had already gone. I’m happy to climb the podium at Monza as well. I’m looking forward to the final at Abu Dhabi. I only need one more point to clinch the title and I hope to do this.“

Norbert Siedler (third): “That’s my second podium result after Spa. I’m happy that I was able to repeat my performance from two weeks ago on this track. As far as I’m concerned it can continue like this in Abu Dhabi. It’s thanks to my team that things are now going well for me. We have worked together on my style and this has paid off.“

Statistics

Race result
1. René Rast (GER), VELTINS MRS Racing, 26:46.829 minutes
2. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), Konrad Motorsport, + 6.266 seconds
3. Norbert Siedler (AUT), VELTINS MRS Racing, + 12.980
4. Stefan Rosina (SVK), Walter Lechner Racing School, + 13.563
5. Damien Faulkner (IRL), Walter Lechner Racing School, + 14.310
6. Patrick Huisman (NED), SPS Performance, + 17.886

Drivers’ classification after 11 of 13 races
1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), 212 points
2. René Rast (GER), 169
3. Stefan Rosina (SVK), 136
4. Patrick Huisman (NED), 130
5. Norbert Siedler (AUT), 107
6. Damien Faulkner (IRL), 103

Rounds 12 and 13 of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup take place on 31 October and 1 November as support to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Italien 2009


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