Posted by: porschebahn | September 13, 2010

Race report for Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup round 10 at the Italian Grand Prix

René Rast clinches title at finale

René Rast is the champion of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup. In a gripping season final in Monza, fourth place was enough for the German race driver to secure the title at the wheel of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup run by Al Faisal Lechner Racing. Victory at the race on the Grand Prix circuit in the Royal Park went to his toughest rival for the title, Nicholas Tandy (Great Britain) from Konrad Motorsport.

The situation heading to the season final of the world’s fastest international brand trophy series was clear: Nicholas Tandy had to win to retain any sort of chance at catching the points’ leader René Rast on the season’s finish straight. And he did everything to use this chance. After winning the qualifying duel the previous day against his arch rival, he got the jump at the start to pull clear of the field. Just a few laps later he had to relinquish his lead to title defender Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands). Rast’s teammate, however, took a shortcut at a chicane while overtaking and was handed a drive-through penalty.

Norbert Siedler: Determined push at the end

Entering the second half of the race, Nicholas Tandy was back in front. But right to the flag he had to fend off his pursuer’s fierce attacks. He finally brought home his third win of the season 0.319 seconds ahead of his compatriot Sean Edwards (Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit), the winner of the previous round in Spa. Putting in a determined push at the end, Austria’s Norbert Siedler (VELTINS MRS Racing), winner of the Barcelona race, secured third. Fourth went to four-time victor this season, René Rast, who at the same time won the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup title with a six-point advantage – the first German since works driver Wolf Henzler who clinched the title in 2005.

Jan Seyffarth (Germany, VELTINS MRS Racing) occupied fifth ahead of Italy’s Alessandro Balzan (Team Ebimotors), a guest starter from the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia. Seventh went to another guest driver, Frenchman Nicolas Armindo (Lechner Racing), the current points’ leader of the German Carrera Cup. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (Team Bleekemolen Harders Plaza) planted his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on eighth place in front of his Dutch compatriot, Supercup record winner Patrick Huisman (Konrad Motorsport). Rounding off the top ten in Monza was Kuba Giermaziak (Verva Racing Team) from Poland.

The “Porsche Motorsport Talent” from New Zealand, Jono Lester, built on his strong qualifying performance: At the wheel of the VIP-911 GT3 Cup fielded by Porsche AG, the youngster finished his Supercup debut in 13th out of a 32-strong field.

Drivers’ comments

Nicholas Tandy (winner): “A fabulous race. Now this is the sort of motorsport fans want to see. It was great fun. Winning in Monza is something very special. It’s just a shame that it wasn’t enough to claim the title. Congratulations to René and his team. We are second overall and that is a wonderful achievement and hugely motivating for the 2011 season.”

Sean Edwards (second): “That was one of the toughest races I’ve ever contested. I started from fifth and made up plenty of positions – everything worked well. But then I had Nick in front of me and, of course, I did everything I could not to lose contact. A couple of times I tried to get past him but in vain. Still, after our win in Spa, this was another great success for our team.”

Norbert Siedler (third): “My start was very good. To finish on the podium from sixth on the grid – I can be satisfied with that. Had we been a little faster on the straights, perhaps we could have been further up the field. But even so, this was a great way to conclude the season.”

René Rast (fourth and Supercup champion): “I’m simply ecstatic. The pressure was immense and now a huge weight has fallen from my shoulders. I got away cleanly at the start and at times was running sixth, and I thought: So, now you have to do something. It was a fantastic season. We have won the team championship and now the drivers’ title. Thanks to my team. Now it’s time to celebrate.”

Statistics

Race result
1. Nicholas Tandy (GB), Konrad Motorsport, 26:47.535 minutes
2. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit, + 0.319 seconds
3. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS MRS Racing, + 2.714
4. René Rast (D), Al Faisal Lechner Racing, + 3.061
5. Jan Seyffarth (D), VELTINS MRS Racing, + 4.478
6. Alessandro Balzan (I), Team Ebimotors, + 4.461

Final standings drivers’ classification after 10 races
1. René Rast (D), 152 points
2. Nicholas Tandy (GB), 146
3. Jaap van Lagen (NL), 98
Norbert Siedler (A), 98
5. Jan Seyffarth (D), 97
6. Sean Edwards (GB), 95


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