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4th round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup - Monaco Good result in the principality

19-05-2010

The team Schnabl Engineering / Parker Racing returns back home with mixed emotions from the fourth round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Monaco. While Tim Bridgman despite a difficult practice with his Porsche finished the race on Sunday on a good eleventh rank, Thomas Messer after a technical problem at his car retired already after the warm-up lap.

 “The race was quite okay for me”, Tim Bridgman was satisfied after the 16 exhausting Laps at the 3.340 kilometre long street circuit in the Monegasque Principality. After rank 16 in the Qualifying the Brit had expected a difficult race. "Not at least because the circuit in Monaco offers hardly any chance to overtake. Nevertheless, I was able to get pass one opponent and after that I concentrated on not crashing into the barriers and to finish the race”, the Supercup newcomer, who started in Monaco the first time ever, described the race from his point of view. "Thanks to some drive-through-penalties I finally was able to improve to rank eleven. I could collect further championship points and at least consolidated second rank in the rookie-standings of the Supercup”, the 24-year-old was satisfied.

“I have done a good job with my first set of tyres in the qualifying. Unfortunately I tried to early and to hard with my second set. The tyres didn’t have sufficient grip and so I crashed in the tunnel passage”, Thomas Messer explained after the qualifying. At that time nobody suspected that the incident should provide another disaster on Sunday. “When I was out on the warm-up lap, I realized that something is wrong with the car. I came in the pit lane and had to retire from the race. A pity, I hope for better luck in the next race."

"It was a weekend with mixed emotions for our team", team manager Sven Schnabl strikes a balance of the Monaco race. "Due to an engine problem Tim Bridgman could drive only few laps in the free practice. Despite the lack of experience he then has been able to make the best of the situation in the Qualifying. Because of the poor overtaking possibilities eleventh rank in the race was the best he could do”, says Schnabl, who’s English partner Stuart Parker agrees and adds: “Moreover, Tim is an absolute Supercup newcomer. Most of the tracks are new for him and must be learned first. In addition, we do not have any Supercup-experienced pilot in the team who can push him and helps us to get a step further with the setup of the car."

For the next round, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup travels to Spain once again. The fifth round of the season takes place in Valencia on June 27th. “It’s a further street circuit, on which we hopefully make another step forward”, Team manager Sven Schnabl feels confidently.

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