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6th round Porsche Carrera Cup – Zandvoort Heroes of the work

28-08-2010

A quite eventful weekend lies behind the team Schnabl Engineering. At the sixth round of the Porsche Carrera Cup in the Dutch Zandvoort primarily the mechanics of the team were in the focus of the action, having to rebuild a completely destroyed Porsche in an extensive night shift after a heavy crash of Stefan Wendt in the free practice. In the race, Martin Ragginger with another TOP-10-Finish provided the highlight, while Hannes Plesse came in on fifteen’s rank and Stefan Wendt retired in the gravel trap.

”First of all I must make a very big compliment to my team for its self-sacrificing work this weekend. I am very proud of by boys”, team manager Sven Schnabl praises his mechanics, who provided a brilliant job in the paddock of the Porsche Carrera Cup this weekend. After a problem with the break in the free practice session Stefan Wendt lost his Porsche approaching the notorious Tarzan curve and after an overturn ended up with his car on the roof. When the remains of the Carrera were unloaded in front of the team tent, there was no hope to get the car repaired again on the spot. “We nevertheless give it a try”, so the Schnabl-Crew, who worked at the heavily damaged 911 GT3 Cup until the early morning hours of the Saturday and could provide Stefan Wendt with roadworthy car right in time for the qualifying.

“A really brilliant job”, the Carrera-Cup-Rookie was not only verbally thankful to the team, but also in sportive ways with claiming thirteenth position for the starting grid of the race. The race on Sunday took a less lucky course for the German. After a good start Stefan Wendt was on the way into the TOP-10 when we he made a mistake, stuck in the gravel trap and retired from the race. “A really disappointing Sunday for me, because I wanted to award my team with some points. I hope I can do that in the next round now.”
 
Martin Ragginger sat behind the steering wheel of a Porsche at two events this weekend. Due to a schedule conflict with the LMS race in Budapest the Austrian missed the free sessions on Friday, however, despite the lack of practice he could convince with ninth rank in the qualifying. “It was a strange feeling to attack right away without being on the race track before. I had a problem with the first set of tyres. With the second one I first set a time and when I wanted to attack, the red flag came out”, commented the former Porsche-Junior. On Sunday morning the Austrian once more proved his fighting spirit. After the start he first passed championship leader Nicolas Armindo and than – for the pleasure of the spectators around the dune circuit – he had a gripping battle with for the remaining laps with Sascha Maassen. “It was a terrific race, primarily the fight with Sascha. “Unfortunately the Zandvoort Circuit gives hardly any possibilities to overtake. I constantly pushed, but he didn’t make a mistake”, reported Ragginger, who finally had to settle with eighths rank, only separated by five thousands of a second from Maassen.

Hannes Plesse appeared less satisfied with the weekend at the Dutch North Sea coast. The Schnabl Engineering pilot could only convince with a sixth rank in the free sessions and was disappointed after fourteens position in the qualifying for the starting grid. "I should paint the Saturday from the calendar. We really have made progress with the car but somehow I always got stuck in the traffic. Now I must try to improve as good as possible on Sunday”, said Hannes Plesse, who one day later didn’t succeed with his goal and had to settle fifteenth. 

“We have to travel back home with mixed emotions”, so team manager Sven Schnabl. "The weekend started rather bad for us with the accident of Stefan Wendt on Friday. The highlights were provided without any doubts by Martin Ragginger, who despite he missed the free practice in Zandvoort has handed in his known good performance. Also Stefan Wendt was away with a good speed in the race until he made his fault. Concerning Hannes Plesse we are a kind of helpless. In the free practice he is able to show what could be possible. Unfortunately he can’t convert this in a reasonable qualifying result.”

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