Jeroen Bleekemolen can secure title in Monza
Stuttgart. With the race on the Grand Prix circuit in Monza’s Royal Park, the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup farewells the season in Europe on Sunday. Jeroen Bleekemolen will do his very best to win his fifth race of the season at the wheel of his 420 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on the traditional, ultra-fast circuit to take home his second title before the final two rounds in Abu Dhabi.
His chances of travelling to the debut of the popular brand trophy series in the largest of the United Arab Emirates as the new champion look good. Heading to Monza, the Konrad Motorsport pilot from the Netherlands holds a 47-point advantage over his arch rival for the title René Rast (VELTINS MRS Racing). With 66 points still up for grabs at the remaining three races, this is quite a comfortable lead. Bleekemolen thinks so as well: “I can’t really do much wrong at this stage,” says the four-time winner this season, who has also climbed the podium at all ten rounds to date. “If I see the flag in Monza the title should be mine.”
After notching up four straight victories from pole position, René Rast possibly lost his title chances at the previous race in Spa, when he retired shortly before the finish line with power steering problems. The reigning Carrera Cup champion travels to Monza revved up and ready to attack. “I have to try and win the rest of the races and see what Jeroen does,” says the German before raving about the high-speed circuit on which he secured pole position last year. “I like Monza because of its extremely quick corners.” Jeroen Bleekemolen, who made the pilgrimage to the Formula 1 race in the Royal Park as a toddler with his father, shares this fondness. At the same time, he is not prepared to be led into taking too many risks: “There is no way I’ll compromise the title just to win a race – even if that is particularly difficult in Monza.”
Other drivers will do everything to win in Italy. Austria’s Norbert Siedler (VELTINS MRS Racing) for instance, who celebrated his best Supercup result with second in Spa, is determined to win, as is Slovakian Stefan Rosina (Walter Lechner Racing School), who gave an impressive performance on the Nürburgring to net third place. With a total of 24 Supercup wins to his credit, stalwart Patrick Huisman from the Netherlands regards the healthy ambitions of his young rivals with benevolence. However, he is not about to make room on the ideal line for them in Monza – victory number 25 is a goal worthy of the effort.
Television stations “Eurosport” (11.45 hrs) and “Sky Sport 2” (11.30 hrs) broadcast the race live in Monza on 13 September. Moreover, “Eurosport” televises highlights on Sunday evening in its “Motorsport Weekend Magazin” programme.
Drivers’ standings 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. Norbert Siedler (AUT), 91
Damien Faulkner (IRL), 91
Rookie classification after 10 of 13 races
1. Matt Halliday (NZL), 69 points
2. Siso Cunill (ESP), 58
3. Abdulaziz Al Faisal (KSA), 28
Team classification after 10 of 13 races
1. Konrad Motorsport, 275 points
2. VELTINS MRS Racing, 233
3. Walter Lechner Racing School, 216