PCC: Early end for Jiri Janak in Zandvoort


"I can't believe it. Somehow the track here in Zandvoort seems to be not one of my favourite ones. Last year I only made it to the first corner, this time my race was over after only a few curves more", Jiri Janak appeared to be disappointed after his retirement. "Despite the wet track most of us decided to start on slicks into the race, but somehow Philipp Wlazik, the driver in front of me, didn't cope with the difficult conditions. He got into trouble, spun right in front of my car and I had no chance to get by and avoid the contact with his car", the Schnabl Engineering Pilot described the reason for his out.

After qualifying 12th for the race in the timed session on Saturday, the Czech still felt confident. "For sure it would have gone a lot faster today. Unfortunately numerous yellow flags throughout the session as well as rain later on have prevented a better starting place for me." For the next round the 24-year-old hopes that the bad luck finally comes to an end. "It's not a matter of the car, because we had worked out a really good setup. I simply wish to have a race without troubles now. I am sure, we than also claim some matching result."

Hannes Plesse, driving the second Porsche GT3 Cup entered by Schnabl Engineering, could primarily show a good performance on Friday. "In the first meeting, I still had a couple of problems, but in afternoon it went really fine for me. Position 16 does not really sound incredible, but I had a fault in my fastest lap which has cost me at least 3/10 of seconds. So my car is prepared quite good for the qualifying", he felt confident. On Saturday the yellow flags and the starting rain wrecked his hopes, though. Started into the race from 26th position, the 24-year-old caught a contained beginning. On the wet track driving slicks on my Porsche, I have been careful in the first laps, but after all it was enough to finish on 19th position."

"I was very confident, that we can start the journey back home with a good result in our baggage, but it looks as if I was mistaken", Sven Schnabl was disappointed after the race. "The Qualifying was a kind of a gamble. Due to the numerous yellow flags and the rain later on, we have been out on the track for only seven laps, but even with that, Jiri Janak managed 12th position", the team manager says and goes on. "However, in the races the bad luck still sticks at our boots. I hope we can get rid of this for the rest of the season and finally end up having a Sunday without any troubles."

Race Porsche Carrera Cup (Zandvoort, 13.07.08)
1. Jan Seyffarth SMS Seyffarth-Motorsport 28:31.417
2. Chris Mamerow Mamerow Racing + 7.962
3. René Rast MRS Team + 11.774
4. Uwe Alzen Herberth Motorsport + 13.752
5. Jörg Hardt Herberth Motorsport + 13.965
6. Marco Holzer UPS Porsche Junior Team + 16.174
7. Martin Ragginger UPS Porsche Junior Team + 19.900
8. Christian Abt tolimit + 27.413
9. Patrick Huisman Hermes attempto Racing + 29.497
10. Mario Josten MRS Team + 30.860
11. Christian Engelhart tolimit + 31.620
12. Niclas Kentenich Farnbacher Racing + 38.241
13. Florian Stoll MS Racing + 41.105
14. Tim Buijs Eichin Racing + 44.702
15. Patrick Hirsch Land Motorsport + 51.555
16. Robert Renauer Farnbacher Racing + 51.776
17. Robert Lukas SMS Seyffarth-Motorsport + 55.454
18. Pascal Kochem Mamerow Racing + 56.060
19. Hannes Plesse Schnabl Engineering + 1:02.057
20. Thomas Jäger ONLINE LEASING RT + 1:03.854
21. Ivan Jacoma MS Racing + 1:05.094
22. Andzej Dzikevic Land Motorsport + 1:25.801
23. Jiri Micanek Micanek Motorsport + 1:51.289
24. Nicolas Armindo ARAXA RACING + 1 Lap
25. Oleg Kesselman Micanek Motorsport + 1 Lap
26. Florian Scholze ONLINE LEASING RT + 1 Lap
27. Carl Carlsson-Olov ARAXA RACING + 2 Laps
- Philipp Wlazik Hermes attempto Racing
- Jiri Janak Schnabl Engineering
- Mike Verschuur Eichin Racing

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