Jeroen Bleekemolen pulls away in title fight
Stuttgart. With his fourth win of the season, Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) has created some breathing space in the fight for the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup title. After four races without a win, the points’ leader brought home victory ahead of Austria’s Norbert Siedler on the Grand Prix circuit of Spa-Francorchamps to further extend his already comfortable points’ advantage.
At the wheel of Konrad Motorsport’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the pole-sitter immediately took the lead which he never relinquished to the flag. For the title defender, this marked his tenth win in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup and, with just three rounds left on the calendar in Monza and Abu Dhabi, is very likely to be decisive in the championship. Norbert Siedler (VELTINS MRS Racing) secured his best result of the Supercup season with second position, but was never a serious threat to the points’ leader over the entire race distance. Third place went to Jan Seyffarth (Germany) competing for tolimit/Seyffarth Motorsport as a guest driver from the Carrera Cup Deutschland series.
Without doubt it was René Rast who experienced the worst luck at the tenth round of the season on the demanding circuit in the Ardennes. Ranking second overall in the standings, the VELTINS MRS Racing pilot, who recently won four races in a row, had no chance this time due to power steering problems. Early on in the race, he could keep contact with the front-runners but towards the end he fell further back down the field and was forced to retire in the penultimate lap.
Behind the leading trio came Ireland’s Damien Faulkner (Walter Lechner Racing School) in fourth place ahead of his teammate Stefan Rosina. Thanks to this result, the Slovakian was able to move up the points’ ladder into third overall, replacing four-time Spa winner Patrick Huisman (SPS Performance) from the Netherlands, who saw the flag in ninth after a disappointing qualifying result. Richard Williams from Great Britain (SPS Performance) finished sixth ahead of the Brazilian Valdeno Brito (Konrad Motorsport), another guest driver from the Carrera Cup series. Rounding off the top ten was Konrad Motorsport pilot Jiri Janak from the Czech Republic.
Jeroen Bleekemolen (winner): “What a shame that René had this problem. No-one really wants to win a race this way. But his teammate Norbert was a tough enough rival. He was particularly fast early on but then I was able to pull away a little. Our car was very quick this weekend and everything ran to plan in the race. That was for sure a big step in the direction of the championship title. If I see the flag at the next three races it should be good enough to win the series. That would be the crowning achievement of a great year.”
Norbert Siedler (second): “Thanks to my team – that was a super weekend. Second in qualifying and second in the race: I’m very happy with this result. Now I’ve reached my goal for the season. I wanted to climb the podium by the Spa round and luckily it worked. Now I’ll continue my attack in Monza.”
Jan Seyffarth (third): “The key to success was the start. I managed to pull alongside Bleekemolen in the first corner, unfortunately on the outside so I couldn’t overtake. The start had always been a problem for me, but now I obviously know how it goes. I fought with Faulkner over several laps which hampered my progress somewhat. When I finally overtook him, the two ahead had already pulled too far away, otherwise I could have tried to take Siedler. Still, we are all very pleased. The podium was our aim and we did it.”
1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), Konrad Motorsport, 27:15.482 minutes
2. Norbert Siedler (AUT), VELTINS MRS Racing, + 1.531 seconds
3. Jan Seyffarth (GER), tolimit/Seyffarth Motorsport, + 3.895
4. Damien Faulkner (IRL), Walter Lechner Racing School, + 4.430
5. Stefan Rosina (SVK), Walter Lechner Racing School, + 6.965
6. Richard Williams (GBR), SPS Performance, + 7.150
Drivers’ classification after 10 of 13 races
1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), 194 points
2. René Rast (GER), 147
3. Stefan Rosina (SVK), 122
4. Patrick Huisman (NED), 120
5. Damien Faulkner (IRL), 91
Norbert Siedler (AUT), 91
Round 11 of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup takes place on 13 September as support to the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.