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5th Round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Valencia (ESP) No luck for Schnabl Engineering/Parker Racing

06-07-2010

The team Schnabl Engineering/Parker Racing around Sven Schnabl and Stuart Parker missed a little luck at the fifth round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the 5,4 kilometres long street circuit in the harbour of Valencia. Ranking on eighth position, Tim Bridgman had to retire from the race with a brake problem at his Porsche. Thomas Messer remained free from any incidents and finished his race on rank 19.

After eighth rank in the free session on Friday, Tim Bridgman was a bit disappointed with the same result in the qualifying one day later. "To be honest, I am not really satisfied with my position in the starting grid, because I hoped to improve today”, so the Supercup rookie, who was at the start in Valencia for the first time. “However, somehow I didn’t succeed in my goal. But nevertheless, position eight is not a bad point to start from; it should be possible to collect some points on Sunday.”

The hopes of the Brit concerning the next day didn’t come true. After a good start he at first was able to keep his position, but then unfortunately had to retire from the race five laps before the chequered flag came out. “It all went fine for me and I was easily able to keep pace with the opponents in front of me. However, after some laps I run into problems with the brake, which got worse and worse in the further course. “Unfortunately, I then had to stop my car”, so the 25-year-old. “It’s a shame, because my Porsche was really good. Now I hope for a better weekend in 14 days at my home Grand-Prix in Silverstone.” 

Thomas Messer, who like his team-mate Tim Bridgman was at the start in Valencia for the first time, could improve over the complete weekend. However, after rank 23 in the qualifying, the merchant from Germany appeared disappointed. "I simply could not make use of the advantage of the fresh tyres. We will get together now and see what I can improve at myself." On Sunday, after the 14 laps of the race, the Schnabl/Parker pilot was considerable more satisfied with his performance. "Today, it went much better. I could drive the race till the end and could improve my lap times reasonable. Altogether, it was a difficult weekend for me, but also a good opportunity to learn a lot."

"For sure I am not quite satisfied with the results of the Weekend in Valencia”, team manager Sven Schnabl strikes a first balance. "Tim Bridgman handed in a good performance and was able to defend eighth position from the Qualifying for a long time, before he had the problem with the brake. We hoped we could safe the good result, but unfortunately we ended up with a retirement”, Sven Schnabl explained on Sunday afternoon. “Tim had fought with the trouble for some laps, but finally he had to give up racing”, adds Schnabl’s team partner Stuart Parker. “Thomas Messer could improve especially in the race and made a further step forward in Valencia.” 

The sixth round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place in two weeks at the English Silverstone Circuit. “There, at our home race, we want to close the gap to the top”, is the clear declaration of Tim Bridgman and his team manager Stuart Parker for the next race.

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