Posted by: porschebahn | August 30, 2010

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

Sean Edwards celebrates commanding flag-to-flag victory

On the Grand Prix circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, Britain’s Sean Edwards (Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit) celebrated his first win of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup season. At the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup he beat the Dutchman Jaap van Lagen (Team Bleekemolen Harders Plaza) to the flag by 10.877 seconds. Third went to points’ leader René Rast from Germany (Al Faisal Lechner Racing). Nicholas Tandy (Konrad Motorsport) from Great Britain kept the race for the title open with a spectacular chase through the field to claim sixth in the world’s fastest international brand trophy series. The overall winner will be crowned at the season final on 12 September in Monza.

Taking up the race from pole position, Sean Edwards drove to an unchallenged flag-to-flag victory. Previously, the Briton had crossed the finish line first in Barcelona but lost his win due to a time penalty handed down by the stewards of the meeting. On the classic circuit in the Ardennes, his success was never questioned. Whilst René Rast and the Dutchman Jaap van Lagen put in a spirited duel over the first laps for second place, he concentrated on bringing home his second Spa win after 2008 by a comfortable margin.

Spectacular chase through the field

Although the stewards of the meeting relegated René Rast from second to third place for putting all four wheels over the circuit sideline while overtaking Jaap van Lagen, he still managed to extend his points’ lead. At the finale in Monza, eighth place is enough for him to secure the title. Jaap van Lagen had to fight hard for his best result this season, fending off Jan Seyffahrt’s (Germany) fierce attacks in the last third of the race. The VELTINS-MRS Racing pilot had to settle for fourth place, but moved up the points’ table several places to now rank sixth.

Behind the Frenchman Nicolas Armindo (Al Faisal Lechner Racing), the leader of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland who competes as a guest driver this season and has already won the Supercup race in Hockenheim, came Nicholas Tandy in sixth place. The Briton, who has already been awarded the BBS Rookie Classification for the best Supercup newcomer, only posted a lowly 16th in qualifying. Putting in a mighty chase through the field, René Rast’s sole contender for the title made up ten positions and now still holds a chance – albeit slim – to become champion of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup in Monza.

Poland’s Kuba Giermaziak (Verva Racing Team), who was overtaken by Nicholas Tandy in the final lap, claimed seventh ahead of New Zealander Matt Halliday (SANITEC/GILTRAP Racing) and his teammate Christian Engelhart (Germany). At the wheel of the VIP-911 GT3 Cup fielded by Porsche AG, the Belgian youngster Nico Verdonck drove an excellent race to occupy tenth place as a guest starter.

Although it was not enough to secure the championship title, René Rast still had reason to celebrate. His team, Al Faisal Lechner Racing took an early victory of the team classification in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup.

Drivers’ comments

Sean Edwards (winner): “What a fantastic race. I came off the line very well and could pull away very quickly while René and Jaap fought for second place. Afterwards I concentrated on maintaining my comfortable lead, which I must admit was not too difficult. Normally, a Supercup win is not made this easy, but this time my pursuers were far too busy fighting amongst themselves. I only had to watch out not to make a mistake.”

Jaap van Lagen (second): “That was a very tough piece of work. First the fight with René, then the duel with Jan. My car had strong understeer in the last laps, he was clearly faster – I had no other choice than to try and keep him behind me. I’m very pleased with my second place, and of course for my team’s third place in the championship. This is a great success for the whole crew.”

René Rast (third): “In the first lap I made a small error and lost second place to Jaap, but I snatched it back during the next lap. The gap to Sean was simply too large, I didn’t have a chance to get closer.”

Nicholas Tandy (sixth): “That was a great end to a bad weekend. After the qualifying I was very disappointed, but I said that the fight for the title is not yet over and I didn’t promise too much. In the race I fought hard with all I had and now the decision will come in Monza. I only have a slight chance, that’s true, but I will use it. Thank you to my team for their great support.”

Statistics

Race result
1. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, 27:07.827 minutes
2. Jaap van Lagen (NL), Team Bleekemolen Harders Plaza, + 10.877 seconds
3. René Rast (D), Al Faisal Lechner Racing, + 11.121
4. Jan Seyffarth (D), VELTINS MRS Racing, + 11.378
5. Nicolas Armindo (F), Al Faisal Lechner Racing, + 13.077
6. Nicholas Tandy (GB), Konrad Motorsport, + 13.825

Drivers’ classification after 9 of 10 races
1. René Rast (D), 138 points
2. Nicholas Tandy (GB), 124
3. Jaap van Lagen (NL), 98
4. Stefan Rosina (SK), 89
5. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), 88
6. Jan Seyffarth (D), 85

The 10th and final round of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup takes place on 12 September as support to the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.


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