- May 28, 2008
This week-end the Historic Porsche Cup moves to the car manufacturer's home soil at Hockenheimring in Germany for its fourth round of the championship; the league is back to its two sprint races format each preceded by a qualification session.
The previous round at Spa-Francorchamps was filled with action. The outcome of the event was potentially affected before the track action had even begun, with our championship leader Ross McGregor being ill with a virus. This time around the qualification top spot went to Jernej Simoncic - just .147 faster than Ross McGregor in second - and Guilherme Silva took third spot on the starting grid, over 1 second behind the leaders. The first part of the race saw Jernej and Ross fight for first place,exchanging positions a few times until the pitstop, where Jernej got a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pits taking him out of the fight for the win. None-the-less his lead over third place was big enough that he didn't lose second place despite the penalty. The third step of the podium went to Jarek Kostowski with a good pitstop strategy allowing him to take the position from Guilherme Silva. The race saw good battles all around the field and some crashes occurred costing valuable positions to the drivers involved. Yves Larose was one of them, after losing the rear at Eau Rouge-Raidillon and hitting the wall hard causing him to lose his front spoiler and puncture a tyre he had to limp back to the pits.
In 2002 the track was redesigned to its current configuration to suit the modern Formula One cars, reducing the length of the track from 6.823 Km to 4.574 Km. The outfield area of the circuit suffered the biggest changes, with the Stadium section of the track remaining intact along with turn one.
The track has some good overtaking opportunities which should provide action for the viewer and many of the braking zones are bumpy which make things more difficult for the drivers. The hairpin at the end of Parabolika should be the place where most overtaking will be done. The cars approach at around 239 kph before braking hard in a bumpy braking zone, so expect paint exchanged mid corner and even some heavy contact as the drivers out-brake each other. The most technical part of the circuit is the Stadium, a twisty section with curbs that make the cars very unstable and might even cause drivers to spin and go off track. Let's not forget at the start of the race drivers might arrive in Turn 1 three wide but the corner only allows space for one car at a time which may cost drivers precious positions and leave them fighting their way back through the field. All around this weekend's races should provide a good challenge for the drivers and two exciting races for the viewers.
For more background information, schedules, race reports and race results please visit the Historic Porsche Cup forum.
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