9th Round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Monza (ITA) Huge steps towards the Titles
René Rast extended his lead in the driver standings of the championship with a second rank at the ninth round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Monza. Finishing fourth, Norbert Siedler provided valuable points for VELTINS-Lechner-Racing in the team standings of the championship. In the driver standings the Austrian improved to third rank.
"I am the last one who is happy about the bad luck of other people", team principal Walter Lechner in his hour of success thinks about the opponent team tolimit, which in the title fight of the championship had to take a unfortunately set-back with the accident of it's driver Sean Edwards. "In conjunction with the flawless performance of our two drivers René Rast and Norbert Siedler, finishing on positions two and four, it helped us to gain a quite comfortable advantage on points and let us approach the two final rounds in Abu Dhabi a little more relaxed", Lechner, being the title defender in both, the driver and the team standings dares a looks to the season final.
Started from grid positions two (René Rast) and six (Norbert Siedler) both Lechner drivers delivered a strong race. René Rast right after the start of the 14 laps used the embarrassment in the first chicane to take over the race lead. Being at the top, he defended his position until a long safety-car-period. "After that I couldn't keep pace", the reigning Supercup champion draws a balance of his second rank. "Maybe we went into the race with a little too much rear wing", the fourfold season winner, who now leads the driver standings with an advantage of 17 points leaves a question mark in the room.
The so far toughest pursuer of the VELTINS-Lechner-Pilot, the Brit Sean Edwards, in the fight for the podium got in touch with Norbert Siedler. The tolimit pilot in the battle made a move to the inside, hit the Porsche of Norbert Siedler and than massively crashed in to the barriers of the Monza circuit. "The situation was triggered by the guest starter Alessandro Balzan, who had a bad exit out of a chicane", Siedler explained the incident. "Sean and I both wanted to use the chance to get pass him, and during this manoeuvre Sean touched me." The crash was really massive and made a temporary use of the safety-car necessary. However, Norbert Siedler could go on with the race and with his fourth rank - due to the fact that guest starter Balzan didn't receive championship points – collected the points for the third rank. "Despite it was a heavy crash, it was just a normal race accident, and the most important thing is that Sean wasn't hurt in it." In the driver standings of the Supercup Norbert Siedler with a gap of only two points on the second ranking driver Kuba Giermaziak improved to third position.
The next race weekend of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place as a double round for the season final on the YAS Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi from November 11th to 13th.