Jeroen Bleekemolen claims his third flag-to-flag victory
At the ninth championship round of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup in Istanbul, Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) celebrated another flag-to-flag victory. The 25-year-old ex-DTM pilot made a good start from pole position and was able to pull away from his opponents early on in the race to receive the chequered flag in first position. For the Dutchman, this marks his third pole to flag win in the series this year after claiming the Monaco and Nürburgring rounds.
Damien Faulkner provided spectators with a dramatic finale when he came within one second of the Dutchman. As they crossed the finish line, just 1.018 seconds separated the pair. The 30-year-old Faulkner had taken up the race from third on the grid.
After making a slow get-away the Irishman slipped back into fourth behind Uwe Alzen (Germany), but reclaimed third in the second corner. In lap four Faulkner then grabbed to chance to overtake his team mate Stefan Rosina (Slovakia) to claim second after 13 laps. Starting from second, Rosina was unable to withstand the pressure from Uwe Alzen (Germany) and Richard Westbrook (Great Britain) and saw the flag in fifth. Forty-year-old Uwe Alzen secured third ahead of the current points leader Richard Westbrook in fourth.
Christian Menzel (Germany) finished the 13-lap race ranking sixth, followed by the 2005 Supercup champion Alessandro Zampedri from Italy.
The next round of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup takes place on 9 September 2007 as support to the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.