8th Round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) Back at the top again
With a second rank in the eighth round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), VELTINS-LECHNER-Pilot René Rast snatched back the lead in the driver standings of the championship. Team mate Norbert Siedler with a strong performance managed a successful hunt through the field from starting position fourteen to seventh rank.
"I am really happy with the weekend, because with a perfectly setup car I could snatch back the lead in the driver standings of the Supercup today", René Rast shone, holding the fifth trophy of the current season in his hands. "I am full of respect about the forceful and courageous way in which René performed his overtaking manoeuvres", team principal Walter Lechner praises the reigning champion of the Supercup. "My compliments – one must be a really brave, determined and well skilled driver, to go so strong in the fight for the championship title."
René Rast started from fifth position into the eighth round of the current season. Within only a few laps the reigning champion managed to pass Nick Tandy, the runner-up of the last year, as well as the fourfold champion Patrick Huisman, and with that improved to second position. "And if the race would have lasted another lap, it would have even been enough to clinch the victory", the German is full of self-confidence. Within only a few laps Rast shortened the gap of about four seconds on the Poland Kuba Giermaziak to only 5/10 of a second. "Without any doubt René was the quickest driver on the track", even opponent Nick Tandy praised the Lechner-Pilot.
Norbert Siedler, driving the VELTINS-Carrera with his typical fighting spirit, managed to improve in the course of the race from starting position fourteen to seventh rank. "Norbert delivered a strong race performance today and with that provided the necessary points to extend our lead in the team standings up to nine points now", says Walter Lechner. After some problems in the qualifying, Siedler had to make his way up to the top-group from a midfield position. He passed opponent by opponent until he stuck behind the battling duo Sean Edwards and Christian Engelhart. "There was no way to pass these two drivers with a fair attack", he had to admit after the race.
The next round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place at September 11th in Monza (ITA). The final two races will be driven from November 12th to 13th in Abu Dhabi.