10th round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Monza (ITA) Bad luck in the final race of the season


With mixed emotions, the team Schnabl Engineering / Parker Racing returns home from the season final of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Monza. After good efforts in the free practice and the qualifying, the pilots were beaten below value in the race on Sunday. While Thomas Messer finished the final race of the season within the points, Tim Bridgman and Brian Wong had to accept retirements after blameless accidents.

Tim Bridgman once again experienced a quite difficult weekend on the fastest race track of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup schedule. Already on Saturday, after rank 25 in the qualifying, the Brit appeared disappointed. "An absolute disaster. I was simply too slow and what really bothers me is that I don’t know the reason for it.” On Sunday the bad luck remained faithful to the Englishman. After a good start the 25-year-old ended his first season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup with a retirement after a blameless accident. However, this time he was not disappointed at all. "I take a look on the bright side of it - our car was really quick today. After an altogether difficult season this is a gleam of hope for me."
Thomas Messer was able to continuously shorten the gap to the top in the course of the weekend. Nevertheless he was kind of disappointed after position 32 in the qualifying on Saturday. "I was faster than on Friday but I had hoped for a better result than the last position in the starting grid." On Sunday the merchant from Germany improved considerably. Started from the end of the grid, Messer stood away from all the turbulences of the race, remained fault-free and drove forward into the points. “After the poor qualifying I didn’t expect such a great result. Three championship points at the final race of the season – I am really satisfied.”

Also Brian Wong could be satisfied with his performance at the Monza weekend. The American, who in Italy had his second start in the Supercup, copes with the Porsche better and better. With position 23 after the qualifying, he ended up being the best driver of the team Schnabl Engineering / Parker Racing. On Sunday he had to accept a setback, though. Right after the start he was involved in an accident and had to retire from the race.
"Primarily the performance of Brian Wong has really surprised me. From the free practice to the qualifying he was able to improve about three seconds. Unfortunately he was involved in the accident after the start”, says team manager Sven Schnabl. "Tim missed to bring it to the point in the qualifying, but he was really quick in the race until he also had an accident. Thomas made everything right today. Started in the back, he managed to avoid all troubles and finally made it into the points. Well done”, Sven Schnabl praises his driver. “Altogether it was a difficult Supercup season for our team, that leaves room for improvement next year.”

Within exactly six months the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Bahrain starts into its 2010 season.

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