After a thrilling race, Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) secured his second flag-to-flag victory in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup. The Monaco winner crossed the finish line at the seventh championship round on the Nürburgring with just a 1.7 second advantage over the second placed Christian Menzel from the region.
Bleekemolen, a 25-year-old ex-DTM pilot, held the lead over the entire race distance, but came under pressure in the early stages of the 14-lap race. Local hero Christian Menzel got away well at the start and reached the first corner directly alongside the Dutchman. Bleekemolen’s 911 GT3 Cup car held the inside line, forcing the 36-year-old German to draw the short straw. Following the duo was the reigning Supercup champion Richard Westbrook (Great Britain) who saw the chequered flag in third. Damien Faulkner (Ireland) and Alessandro Zampedri (Italy) claimed fourth and fifth respectively.
The mid-field gave spectators an exciting show with frequent tussles for positions. Starting from fourth on the grid, Uwe Alzen (Germany) fell back to tenth after spinning in lap four. The 39-year-old Porsche stalwart gave chase with his 400 hp racing sports car and managed to catch the front group. Lap ten delivered an extra portion of suspense when Olivier Maximin (France) in ninth spun as he entered the finish straight and retired. His pursuer, Marc Basseng (Germany), used the chance and shot through to finish ninth overall. Uwe Alzen followed in tenth.
Silverstone victor Nicolas Armindo (France), who was also part of this fracas for positions, received the flag in eleventh. Record champion Patrick Huisman (Netherlands) secured twelfth.
Frank Biela (Germany), who took up an invitation from Porsche AG to man the VIP Carrera, secured 18th. For the five-time Le Mans winner this marked his second time at the wheel of the matt-black #88 Porsche on the Nürburgring, with his performance over the weekend constantly improving.