9th round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup - Spa (BEL) Good result despite difficult conditions


At the weekend for the ninth round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in the Belgian Spa-Francorchamps, which was characterized by changeable weather conditions, Schnabl Engineering / Parker Racing convinced with a good overall team performance. While Tim Bridgman finished the race on eleventh rank, Thomas Messer crossed the chequered flag as twentieth. Guest starter Brian Wong completed his Supercup debut on position twenty-two.
"At first everything went really fine for us, I managed to keep a position within the top eight. However, when I went out with the second set of tyres, I was really quick until I came to the Pouhon passage were it started to rain. In my second attempt it was wet in the Blanchimont passage and that was it with a good result”, Tim Bridgman was disappointed after eighteen’s position in the Qualifying on Saturday.

On Sunday the Brit showed fighting spirit and made the best out of the situation. Started in the back midfield, the 25-year-old continuously improved positions and in the end with rank eleven only just missed another top-10 finish in the field of 27 cars. "What can I say? To start from eighteens position and finish eleventh is certainly not a bad result. Nevertheless our pace was not the best today. I think we have setup the car to aggressive for this kind of conditions”, so the Brit after the penultimate round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Thomas Messer once more could improve continuously at the Spa-Francorchamps weekend, was, however, a little unlucky after the Qualifying on Saturday. "At first I could hold a position within the top eighteen. However, when the track conditions got better and better at the end of the session, I went out too late on my second set of tyres and couldn’t improve my lap time anymore.”

The German was luckier on Sunday. After a solid drive the merchant after eleven laps crossed the finish line on rank twenty. “The race was real fun for me. Unfortunately I lost the connection to the people in front of me due to an incident. All in all I am satisfied with the outcome of the weekend”, he comments on his race in Spa.

In Belgium a third car of the team was driven by the American Brian Wong, who at his guest start in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup delivered a reasonable performance. Being in Spa for the first time, he saw the chequered flag on Position twenty-two in the field of twenty-seven starters.

"Considering the difficult conditions I am quite satisfied with the weekend at the Belgium Grand Prix”, team manager Sven Schnabl draws a balance. “Tim Bridgman as well as Thomas Messer convinced with a solid performance in the race. It was our mistake that Thomas couldn’t make use of his second set of tyres in the qualifying; we have sent him out on the track too late. At the season final of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, in two weeks at Monza, we want to attack once more”, says the team manager.

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