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Schnabl Engineering without luck at season start in Bahrain

07-04-2008

For the season start of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup last weekend team Schnabl Engineering travelled to Bahrain. The team from Butzbach started with Jiri Janak (CEZ) and Darryl O'Young (CHI).
„Already last year we started in Bahrain with these pilots", teamhead Sven Schnabl stated, just before free practice on the 5.4 kilometers long track situated in the desert. „Our aim must be a ranking among the top ten. Our drivers have the potential for that."

During free practice session the new 420 PS stong Porsche 911 GT3 celebrated its premier in the framwork of the Formula One World championship.

Qualifying on saturday morning decided starting grid for both races on sunday. Janak drove nineth quickest time and in doing so reached the aim of getting among the top 10. Darryl O'Young took place 15. Due to tyre problems in qualifying for the second race, Janak had to be satisfied with position 15., while O'Young improved to place eleven.

„We have good chances for the races", Sven Schnabl explained, having a strong driver duo in the first race. Janak showed a great performance with a lot of fights, bringing him up to rank six meanwhile. O'Young too was in good position, but then his display showed several error messages. He stopped the Porsche at once. At first the team suspected an entire engine failure but later on one diagnosed that „only" a smaller part of the gearbox was broken. „Darryl could have been able to go on racing, since it was only a technical fault, not a mechanical one", Schnabl said. „On the one hand we are happy, that the engine is OK, on the other hand race was over very early."

Nevertheless Janak did a good job and finished race on rank nine. „It was a brilliant race with great fights", Janka stated, „Although I had smaller damages on the car, that is typical for a brand cup", the stundent of law smiled.

The story of race two is told quickly: Janak could not complete the formation lap. His drive shaft broke, though it was only 900 km old. This fault of material did not support the good mood in the team of course.

O'Young had a good start, although outside temperature of 29 degrees and in car temperature of 50 degrees were high. But then an opponent crashed into his car, causing a lot of understeering in the following. So he dropped back to rank 22. Nevertheless the Asia Porsche Cup winner of 2006 drove quick lap times and finally ended the race on place 16.

Teamhead Sven Schnabl: „The beginning was good and we could keep the lap times of the top teams. To the end we were withouth luck and indeed we imagined season start not this way at all. But Janak was able to drive fast lap times and could have been able to reach a top result in race two."

Now there is not much time for a break. On monday morning the team returned from Bahrain and already on friday the season start of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany is ready to go in Hockenheim in the framework of the DTM.

Qualifying 1 Porsche Supercup (Bahrain, 05.04.08)
1. René Rast VELTINS MRS Racing 2:04.373
2. Damien Faulkner SAS-Lechner Racing + 0:00.069
3. Jeroen Bleekemolen Jetstream Motorsport + 0:00.332
4. Danny Watts SAS-Lechner Racing + 0:00.435
5. Chris Mamerow DAMAC Kadach Racing + 0:00.438
6. Jan Seyffarth Konrad Motorsport + 0:00.476
7. Nicolas Armindo tolimit + 0:00.505
8. Uwe Alzen SPS automotive-performance + 0:00.515
9. Jiri Janak Schnabl Engineering + 0:00.606
10. Stefan Rosina Lechner Racing Bahrain + 0:00.721
11. Jaap van Lagen DAMAC Kadach Racing + 0:00.938
12. Alessandro Zampedri Lechner Racing Bahrain + 0:00.989
13. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen Bleekemolen Race Planet + 0:01.015
14. David Saelens IRWIN Racing + 0:01.016
15. Darryl O'Young Schnabl Engineering + 0:01.028
16. Patrick Huisman IRWIN Racing + 0:01.098
17. Sean Edwards Konrad Motorsport + 0:01.157
18. Norbert Siedler VELTINS MRS Racing + 0:01.300
19. Jocke Mangs tolimit + 0:01.511
20. Pedro Petiz Racing Team Jetstream + 0:01.684
21. Lucas Guerrero Jetstream Motorsport + 0:01.768
22. Tim Buijs Bleekemolen Race Planet + 0:01.922
23. Paul van Splunteren HSF Porsche Eindhoven + 0:02.177
24. Alejandro Nunez Racing Team Jetstream + 0:02.620
25. Simon Frederiks HSF Porsche Eindhoven + 0:03.353
26. Nemunas Dagilis SPS automotive-performance + 0:06.714
Qualifying 2 Porsche Supercup (Bahrain, 05.04.08)
1. René Rast VELTINS MRS Racing 2:04.683
2. Jeroen Bleekemolen Jetstream Motorsport + 0:00.105
3. Chris Mamerow DAMAC Kadach Racing + 0:00.146
4. Nicolas Armindo tolimit + 0:00.328
5. Damien Faulkner SAS-Lechner Racing + 0:00.406
6. Danny Watts SAS-Lechner Racing + 0:00.424
7. Uwe Alzen SPS automotive-performance + 0:00.491
8. Jan Seyffarth Konrad Motorsport + 0:00.632
9. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen Bleekemolen Race Planet + 0:00.769
10. Stefan Rosina Lechner Racing Bahrain + 0:00.822
11. Darryl O'Young Schnabl Engineering + 0:00.828
12. David Saelens IRWIN Racing + 0:00.896
13. Jaap van Lagen DAMAC Kadach Racing + 0:00.899
14. Norbert Siedler VELTINS MRS Racing + 0:00.997
15. Jiri Janak Schnabl Engineering + 0:01.003
16. Alessandro Zampedri Lechner Racing Bahrain + 0:01.143
17. Jocke Mangs tolimit + 0:01.208
18. Patrick Huisman IRWIN Racing + 0:01.313
19. Sean Edwards Konrad Motorsport + 0:01.342
20. Pedro Petiz Racing Team Jetstream + 0:01.621
21. Tim Buijs Bleekemolen Race Planet + 0:01.766
22. Lucas Guerrero Jetstream Motorsport + 0:01.834
23. Paul van Splunteren HSF Porsche Eindhoven + 0:02.299
24. Alejandro Nunez Racing Team Jetstream + 0:02.434
25. Simon Frederiks HSF Porsche Eindhoven + 0:03.216
26. Nemunas Dagilis SPS automotive-performance + 0:06.610

1. Race Porsche Supercup (Bahrain, 05.04.08)
1. Damien Faulkner SAS-Lechner Racing 25:22.952
2. Jeroen Bleekemolen Jetstream Motorsport + 0:08.083
3. Jan Seyffarth Konrad Motorsport + 0:08.242
4. Chris Mamerow DAMAC Kadach Racing + 0:08.657
5. David Saelens IRWIN Racing + 0:14.034
6. Danny Watts SAS-Lechner Racing + 0:16.126
7. Patrick Huisman IRWIN Racing + 0:20.364
8. Uwe Alzen SPS automotive-performance + 0:20.399
9. Jiri Janak Schnabl Engineering + 0:14.034
10. Jaap van Lagen DAMAC Kadach Racing + 0:16.126
11. Alessandro Zampedri Lechner Racing Bahrain + 0:20.872
12. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen Bleekemolen Race Planet + 0:21.151
13. Sean Edwards Konrad Motorsport + 0:22.343
14. Paul van Splunteren HSF Porsche Eindhoven + 0:26.549
15. Alejandro Nunez Racing Team Jetstream + 0:31.132
16. Lucas Guerrero Jetstream Motorsport + 0:31.407
17. Norbert Siedler VELTINS MRS Racing + 0:32.550
18. Nicolas Armindo tolimit + 0:35.140
19. Jocke Mangs tolimit + 0:35.335
20. Simon Frederiks HSF Porsche Eindhoven + 0:36.300
21. Tim Buijs Bleekemolen Race Planet + 0:48.005
22. Nemunas Dagilis SPS automotive-performance + 1:12.706
23. Stefan Rosina Lechner Racing Bahrain + 1 Lap
24. Pedro Petiz Racing Team Jetstream + 2 Laps
25. Darryl O'Young Schnabl Engineering + 6 Laps
-- René Rast VELTINS MRS Racing + n/a


2. Race Porsche Supercup (Bahrain, 06.04.08)
1. Chris Mamerow DAMAC Kadach Racing 25:25.761
2. Jeroen Bleekemolen Jetstream Motorsport + 0:02.816
3. René Rast VELTINS MRS Racing + 0:06.221
4. Uwe Alzen SPS automotive-performance

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