Richard Westbrook (Great Britain) is the winner of the eighth round of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup on the Hungaroring. The points leader lost the sprint to the first corner against pole-sitter Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) but grabbed his chance in lap ten when the Dutchman braked too late at the end of the finish straight: Westbrook snatched the lead and from the 10h to the last lap managed to put six seconds between himself and the rest of the field. Westbrook’s victory here in Budapest is his second this season after winning in Barcelona (Spain).
From halfway onwards, Jeroen Bleekemolen withstood the pressure from Damien Faulkner (Ireland), whose Porsche drew alongside Bleekemolen’s 911 several times during the last two laps. Bleekemolen’s compatriot Jaap van der Lagen crossed the finish line fourth, after putting in a perfect race where he overtook three opponents right at the start.
Jiri Janak (Czech Republic) claimed fifth ahead of Christian Menzel (Germany). The German sat in fifth up until lap eight when he was nudged into a spin by Faulkner’s Porsche. As a result, Menzel fell back to sixth position where he remained until the flag.
Many of the top drivers were unable to come anywhere near striking distance of a podium placing: Patrick Huisman, who took up the race from eleventh, was forced to retire after colliding with Alzen. His engine stalled and could not be restarted. Alessandro Zampedri (Italy) improved on his 14th starting position to claim seventh, whilst a frustrated Nicolas Armindo (France) gave up after two spins with his poorly set-up car. Uwe Alzen received a penalty of 20 seconds for a hard manoevre against David Saelens (Belgium) and was classified 18th.
Richard Westbrook increases his lead in the championship, and now holds a 16 point advantage over second-placed Damien Faulkner. Uwe Alzen remains in third ahead of Zampedri, Huisman and Menzel respectively.