Posted by: porschebahn | August 1, 2010

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

Winner Nicholas Tandy keeps title race open

In the most spectacular race so far this year, Nicholas Tandy held on to his title chances in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup with his second victory of the season. At the wheel of a Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on the Hungaroring near Budapest, the Briton beat his compatriot Sean Edwards (Abu Dhabi by tolimit) by a clear 2.056 seconds. René Rast from Germany (Al Faisal Lechner Racing) defended his points’ lead with third place in the world’s fastest international brand trophy series.

Whilst pole-sitter Nicholas Tandy managed to pull away slightly from the rest of the field heading into the first corner after a perfect start, many of his pursuers became caught up in the fray behind him. First victims to spin from the track were Austria’s Norbert Siedler (VELTINS MRS Racing) and Stefan Rosina (Lechner Racing), robbing the Slovakian of his last title chance. At the next corner, the field was depleted in one blow by another four vehicles. None of the drivers involved in the massive collision was injured but the incident brought out the Safety Car for almost five laps.

Winner of the “BBS Rookie of the Year” award

At the restart, Nicholas Tandy again reacted the fastest. The Supercup rookie practically left his rivals standing as he gunned to his second victory of the season. With his win, Tandy secured the BBS Rookie Classification before the end of the season. With just two rounds left on the calendar, the Briton ranks second in the championship, just ten points shy of René Rast. Behind Rast, the Dutch title defender Jeroen Bleekemolen (Al Faisal Lechner Racing) saw the flag in fourth with his compatriot Jaap van Lagen (Team Bleekemolen Harders Plaza) snatching fifth in sweltering temperatures. Sixth position went to Kuba Giermaziak (Verva Racing Team).

Supercup record winner Patrick Huisman (Konrad Motorsport) and Jan Seyffarth (Germany) put in a head-turning duel for seventh place, with the Dutchman coming out on top. Seyffarth, who yielded an excellent second at his home race in Hockenheim last week, brought home eighth for his VELTINS-MRS Racing squad, with Sascha Maassen (Germany, Abu Dhabi by tolimit) claiming ninth ahead of Britain’s Supercup newcomer Tim Bridgman (Schnabl Engineering Team Parker Racing).

In the cockpit of the VIP-911 GT3 Cup, guest driver Csaba Walter managed to repeat his impressive qualifying performance: The local hero occupied twelfth position.

Drivers’ comments

Nicholas Tandy (winner): “That was fantastic. It’s such a great feeling to be up the front again. We’d hoped to win in Hockenheim and were extremely disappointed after our retirement. And now, one week later, to grab pole and win is just what we wanted. We’ve taken home a load of points today, and with two races to go anything can happen. I’ve already secured the Rookie of the Year title, but to be honest it’s not enough.”

Sean Edwards (second): “I knew if I didn’t pass Nick in the first lap it would be very difficult. And I wasn’t wrong. After the restart I tried to up the pressure but he was very quick in this phase. So instead I just concentrated on bringing second place home safely. This is a great result on which to build for the remaining races.”

René Rast (third): “Let’s call it damage control today. I couldn’t do anything more. I see this as a positive. After all, with third I earned some precious points towards the championship. And that’s what’s important. Don’t risk too much and still collect points at each race – that’s how you win championships. If I risk too much it could easily backfire.”

Statistics

Race result
1. Nicholas Tandy (GB), Konrad Motorsport, 29:08 515 minutes
2. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, + 2.056 seconds
3. René Rast (D), Al Faisal Lechner Racing, + 4.427
4. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Al Faisal Lechner Racing, +5.975
5. Jaap van Lagen (NL), Team Bleekemolen Harders Plaza, + 6.488
6. Kuba Giermaziak (PL), Verva Racing Team, + 8.681

Drivers’ classification after 8 of 10 races
1. René Rast (D), 122 points
2. Nicholas Tandy (GB), 112
3. Stefan Rosina (SK), 89
4. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), 88
5. Norbert Siedler (A), 80
Jaap van Lagen (NL), 80

Round 9 of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup takes place on 29 August as support to the Belgian Grand Prix on the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.


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