Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands secured pole position at the seventh round of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup on the Nürburgring. Already in his first flying lap the 25-year-old former DTM pilot undercut last year’s pole-setting time by two-tenths of a second. In the closing phase of the qualifying, he even improved on this time by almost three-tenths of a second to achieve a time of 2:03.324 minutes. For Bleekemolen this marks his second pole position of the season, after celebrating a pole to flag victory in Monaco.
Richard Westbrook (Great Britain) and Christian Menzel (Germany) added an extra portion of suspense during the 45-minute qualifying session. After ten minutes and again at half-time, Westbrook as reigning Supercup champion and local hero Menzel put the Dutchman’s pole-setting time in jeopardy. After the Monaco winner countered their attack eleven minutes before the end of the session, the 36-year-old Menzel and 32-year-old Briton had to settle for second and third respectively.
Starting alongside Westbrook, who currently leads the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup points table, is Uwe Alzen (Germany). The 39-year-old Porsche stalwart, presently ranking second in the drivers’ standings, finished the qualifying with a gap of around three-tenths of a second to the pole-sitter. A total of 13 pilots qualified their 911 GT3 Cup cars within less than one second.
Making up the third grid row are the reigning champion of the British Carrera Cup Damien Faulkner (Ireland) and the Supercup champion of 2005 Alessandro Zampedri (Italy). Faulkner currently ranks third in the overall standings. Sitting fourth in the series, the four-time record champion Patrick Huisman (Netherlands) takes up the 14-lap race on Sunday from seventh.
The five-time Le Mans victor Frank Biela (Germany), who accepted an invitation from Porsche AG to man the 400 hp 911 with the starting number 88, qualified in position 21.