Fifth pole position for Jeroen Bleekemolen
Stuttgart. At the wheel of his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Jeroen Bleekemolen secured his fifth pole position in this year’s Porsche Mobil1 Supercup. Driving for Konrad Motorsport on the legendary Grand Prix circuit in the Ardennes, the title defender and current points’ leader was 0.282 seconds faster than Austria’s Norbert Siedler (VELTINS MRS Racing), who takes up Sunday’s Supercup race from the first row for the first time.
The fastest qualifying lap had originally been posted by René Rast. Because he drove off the circuit with all four wheels his top time was disallowed by the sporting authorities. The reigning champion of the Carrera Cup from Germany, who recently notched up four victories in a row with his VELTINS MRS Racing team and who started from pole position in Spa last year, now takes up the race from third position. Starting alongside him in the second row is Ireland’s Damien Faulkner (Walter Lechner Racing School). Coming from the Carrera Cup to contest the race as a guest driver for tolimit/Seyffarth Motorsport, Jan Seyffarth (Germany) shares the third grid row with Stefan Rosina from Slovakia (Walter Lechner Racing School).
Another guest driver from the Porsche Carrera Cup managed a top ten result in qualifying. Valdeno Brito (Konrad Motorsport) from Brazil lines up in seventh position on the fourth row alongside Britain’s Richard Williams (SPS Performance). The Spanish Supercup rookie Siso Cunill, driving for Konrad Motorport, planted his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on ninth position ahead of Germany’s Lance David Arnold (SPS Performance), who claimed a surprising third at the previous round in Valencia. His teammate and Supercup record winner, Patrick Huisman (Netherlands), who currently ranks third in the overall points’ standings, had to settle with 13th position in qualifying.
Jeroen Bleekemolen (pole sitter): “In the first qualifying heat I made a couple of small errors, which is quite normal on a demanding circuit like Spa. Still, I was fast. But I didn’t get a good run in the second session and lost pole to sit second. Of course I’m glad to be handed pole position but either way I have to make the most of the situation in the race.”
Norbert Siedler (2nd qualifier): “I sat behind René and saw the line he was driving. That paid off. In the first qualifying session I was second fastest and things looked good in the second session as well. The first row is an excellent starting position for the race. I hope I can turn my good qualifying performance into a good race result.”
René Rast (3rd qualifier): “It’s true. During my flying lap I drove off the track with all four wheels. But it didn’t give me any advantages. On the contrary, I lost time when I went on the grass. But the sporting authorities have made their decision and there is nothing I can do about it, even if I don’t agree.”
1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), Konrad Motorsport, 2:24.084 minutes
2. Norbert Siedler (AUT), VELTINS MRS Racing, + 0.282 seconds
3. René Rast (GER), VELTINS MRS Racing, + 0.896
4. Damien Faulkner (IRL), Walter Lechner Racing School, + 0.947
5. Jan Seyffarth (GER), tolimit/Seyffarth Motorsport, + 1.019
6. Stefan Rosina (SVK), Walter Lechner Racing School, + 1.030