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PCC: Jiri Janak in the Top-10 again - Hannes Plesse with bad

19-05-2008

With mixed feelings Schnabl Engineering travels back home from the fourth round of the Porsche Carrera Cup at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. While Jiri Janak after a strong and fault-free performance with rank eight brought in another good result for the Team Schnabl Engineering, Hannes Plesse after some technical problems in the practice session finished the race on 19th position.

"We expected a little bit more from the race at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz", Jiri Janak draws a first balance after the fourth round of the Porsche Carrera Cup last weekend. "Our real Problem was not the race, but the qualifying on Saturday. If you have to start from eighth grid position into the race, it is very difficult to improve up to the ranks near the podium", the Czech from the team Schnabl Engineering says. "That's not a fault of my team, because my Porsche was setup fantastically. Although I missed the pole-position by only 2/10 of a second, I ended up with eighth position for the start. The competition in the Carrera Cup is truly unbelievable." On Sunday Jiri Janak additionally had a little bad luck. "Just after the start in the bustle of the first corners I have lost three places. Later, after the Safety-Car-phase, my race was characterized by a battle with Jeroen Bleekemolen. In some places my car was better, at other places his - I simply could not pass him", the 24-year-old said. "At the end rank eight is not a bad result, but also not a really good one."

"My weekend at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz once more was spoiled with technical problems on the gear-box of my Porsche. I had to participate in the Qualifying without having any kilometre in the free practice session. That's the reason for rank 24 in the timed session", Hannes Plesse describes the problems of the first two days on the 3,478 kilometre long and demanding racetrack. The bad luck remained faithful to the 24-year-old also during the race. "Just after the start an accident in front of me forced me to drive through the meadow and let me drop back to the end of the field", Hannes Plesse says. "Fortunately there was a Safety-Car-Phase that helped me to close up again and finish the race on rank 19. After all it was a bad weekend for me. I hope to get rid of the bad luck finally at the next round at the Norisring."

"Although we missed a real big success at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, Jiri Janak's eighth rank in the highly competitive and strong field of the Porsche Carrera Cup is an reasonable result for the team", Sven Schnabl summarizes the weekend. "Jiri Janak could give proof of his great talent once more and with a little luck his first podium finish will be due soon", the team manager praises the Czech. "I really feel sorry for Hannes Plesse. He has experienced an unbelievably difficult weekend. Of course the gear-box problem on Friday was a great handicap for him. Despite these circumstances he has made a good job on Sunday. Hannes Plesse has been beaten below value here; in the next races we will see better results of him."

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