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7th round Porsche Carrera Cup – Brands Hatch (GBR) Stefan Wendt fetches Top-5 result for Schnabl Engineering

12-09-2010

Pleasure and sorrow characterized the weekend of the seventh round of the German Porsche Carrera Cup for the team Schnabl Engineering at the traditionally Brands Hatch Circuit in England. While Stefan Wendt with a fifth rank on the just two kilometres long roller-coaster track near London achieved his best result this season, Martin Ragginger, who was on fourth position, retired from the race only some laps before the chequered flag came out. Hannes Plesse, after a technical problem with the clutch, also had to settle with a retirement.

After the timed session on Saturday the mood in the German team was still splendid. With a strong performance Martin Ragginger and Stefan Wendt had put their two Schnabl-Engineering-Porsche into the second row of the starting grid for the race. “A good and strong team performance, I am really satisfied”, Martin Ragginger was pleased. “To have a further improvement in the race it’s important to have a good start, because overtaking is almost impossible here”, says the Austrian.

However, the former Porsche Junior caught it but nevertheless he had to accept a disappointing setback later in the race. "What shall I say? Already two laps before I retired from the race, I noticed that there was something wrong with the fuel pressure. Than the engine started to misfire and with an empty fuel tank I just managed to come into the pit lane”, the Austrian was disappointed after he had to give up only a few laps before the end of the race. Before, he once again gave a solid prove of his fighting spirit and delivered a thrilling battle with Jeroen Bleekemolen for third rank. "My aim in the championship is a top-three-position and today I could have claimed this rank in the driver standings with a good result. I have really fought today and unfortunately have not been rewarded for it."
 
Unlike Ragginger, his team mate Stefan Wendt was full of joy after the race. "It was a brilliant weekend for me. I finally had a good race again, which even ended up on fifth position”, the youngster from Germany shone after his best result in the Porsche Carrera Cup so far. “The car was constantly good from the beginning until the end, only my start was not the best. Jeroen Bleekemolen could pass me right after the lights turned off”, he described the initial phase of the race. He than defend his fifth position against all the hard attacks of old hand Uwe Alzen and kept it until the end of the race. "A top result, a lot of points, I am really satisfied."
 
Once again bad luck had Hannes Plesse, who retired from the seventh round of the Porsche Carrera Cup already right at the start. “It’s not easy to get away here in Brands Hatch, because it goes downhill. I stepped on the brake and at the same time I stepped on the throttle to keep the engine rev’s high. Somehow that was too much for the clutch, which was burned after only a few meters”, Hannes Plesse commented on his retirement.

“I am particularly pleased about Stefan Wendt's strong performance at the weekend in Brands Hatch”, says team manager Sven Schnabl, who after all appeared disappointed with the outcome of the round of the Carrera Cup on the British island. "Primarily I feel very sorry for Martin Ragginger after his retirement. The fact that he had too less fuel in his tank is absolutely frustrating and the teams fault. It did not only cost him valuable points in the driver standings but also in the team standings of the championship. The pace at the weekend in England was really good and for the remaining rounds of the championship the results should improve as well again.”

The eighth round of the German Porsche Carrera cup takes place in Oschersleben on September 19th. 

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