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6th round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup - Silverstone (GBR) Disappointing weekend in England

13-07-2010

The English round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on the new Silverstone Circuit had a disappointing end for local hero Tim Bridgman and the team Schnabl Engineering / Parker Racing. After an incident with an opponent Tim Bridgeman retired early from the race. Driving the second Porsche of the Team, Thomas Messer could improve again, finished 18th and saved two further championship points for his account and the team.

After 13th rank in the free practice, Tim Bridgman was disappointed after the Qualifying on Saturday, were he had to settle with 15th position in the starting grid. "It could not have been much worse. With the first set of tyres I didn’t manage a good lap, with the second one yellow flags were out for a long period of time after an accident. Nevertheless, this is not an excuse, because we were simply too slow today”, the 25-year-old practised self-criticism.

In the race it went at first better for the Brit, until he was involved in an incident with Sebaastian Bleekemolen and Sean Edwards. “Edwards was on a hunt through the field from the end of the grid, so I decided to let him pass and follow him through the pack. When Edwards passed Bleekemolen I went also alongside him, but the Netherlander pushed me wide on the exit and over the grass. In the following corner I couldn’t break and hit Sean in the side”, says Tim Bridgman and goes on: “Later, in Stowe Corner, we touched again and I damaged the valve of my tyre. The tyre went flat and I had to park my car.” Of course the Schnabl / Parker-Pilot had expected more from his home race in England. "It is really a shame. Bleekemolen has not only ruined my race but also Sean’s. Now I hope to finally claim a reasonable result at the next round in Hockenheim."

Thomas Messer appeared to be satisfied with the weekend in Silverstone. Already after the qualifying on Saturday, the merchant from Germany had reason for the joy. "Position 21 does not sound really like a reasonable result, but I improved considerable. My goal is to find the connection to the midfield of the grid.”  

On Sunday the 42-year-old succeeded with this aim excellently. After a fault-free drive Thomas Messer brought Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in on 18th rank and claimed championship point for the second time this season. "The race was pure fun today. I simply have concentrated on being quick and fault-free and have been rewarded for it with two points at the end. Now I am really looking forward to my home race in Hockenheim in two weeks” the Schnabl/Parker-Pilot was pleased.

"We can’t be satisfied with our performance at the Silverstone weekend”, says a disappointed team manager Sven Schnabl after the race on the 5.9 kilometres long Silverstone Circuit. "Tim had bad luck at his incident with Sean Edwards and Sebastian Bleekemolen. Nevertheless we must improve, primarily in the Qualifying. Thomas has been able to improve his performance again and could claim points for the second time this year."

The next round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place in the context of the German Formula 1 Grand Prix in Hockenheim.

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