Posted by: porschebahn | June 18, 2010

Preview for Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup round 5 at the Grand Prix of Europe

René Rast keen to extend points’ lead

After the classic in the streets of Monte Carlo, the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup now heads to another city circuit as part of the Formula 1 weekend. At the European Grand Prix in Valencia/Spain on 27th June, the world’s fastest international brand trophy series tackles the fifth round of the season on the demanding circuit around the America’s Cup harbour. Last year’s winner René Rast (Germany) is determined to further extend his points’ lead.

Driving for Al Faisal Lechner Racing, the reigning vice-champion has every reason to be confident. At the wheel of the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, he not only clinched two wins at the double-header in Bahrain but went on to celebrate his first ever victory in Monaco. The 5.419 kilometre circuit in Valencia has not a great deal in common with the city circuit in the Principality on the Cote d’Azur. “Valencia is almost like a real race track with many fast corners and run-off areas, so that if you do happen to make a mistake you don’t first hit the barriers,” says René Rast, who expects a tough fight for the title. “Obviously, I have the advantage after winning three of four races so far. But I’m not there yet and the competition is tight. A DNF like in Barcelona can quickly change the situation.”

Nicholas Tandy provided greatest surprise

Indeed, the four pilots spearheading the field are separated by just a few points. Providing the greatest surprise by now is Nicholas Tandy. Driving for Konrad Motorsport, the British Supercup newcomer ranks second just six points behind René Rast – with title defender Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) two points off Tandy. Competing this year for Al Faisal Lechner Racing, the two-time Supercup champion has secured podium spots in Bahrain and Barcelona this season, but is still waiting for his first win. At this stage last year, the Dutchman had already notched up two victories. “It’s high time that I win my first race,” said the teammate of René Rast. “In such a strong field you have to constantly deliver top performances otherwise you lose contact to the front-runners.”

Waiting for his chance in the title defender’s slipstream is Stefan Rosina from Slovakia (Lechner Racing) ranking fourth. Austria’s Norbert Siedler (VELTINS MRS Racing) is another pilot still holding hopes for title honours. Recently in Barcelona the Austrian brought home his first Supercup victory, impressively underlining that he can hold his own against the best. And after his strong performance in Monaco with third position, it would be no surprise if Supercup returnee Jaap van Lagen (Netherlands) joins the list of winners with his Bleekemolen Harders Plaza 911 GT3 Cup.

The race in Valencia on 27th June will be broadcast live by TV stations Eurosport 2 (11.45 hrs) and Sky Sport 2 (11.30 hrs). Eurosport also airs highlights on Sunday evening in its “Motorsports Weekend” programme.

Statistics

Drivers’ classification after 4 of 10 rounds
1. René Rast (D), 66 points
2. Nicholas Tandy (GB), 60
3. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), 58
4. Stefan Rosina (SK), 54
5. Norbert Siedler (A), 36
6. Jan Seyffarth (D), 31
Patrick Huisman (NL), 31

BBS Rookie classification after 4 of 10 rounds
1. Nicholas Tandy (GB), 60 points

Team classification after 4 of 10 rounds
1. Al Faisal Lechner Racing, 116 points
2. Konrad Motorsport, 92
3. Lechner Racing, 83


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