Bergmeister takes fourth Supercup win

Jorg Bergmeister scored his fourth victory of the Porsche Supercup series at Silverstone on Sunday with a dominant lights-to-flag victory

Bergmeister takes fourth Supercup win

Bergmeister made a superb start from pole to lead Stephane Ortelli into Copse on the opening lap. Behind them, Wolf Henzler made a terrific getaway to pass both of the UPS Junior cars of Timo Bernhard and Marc Lieb that started a row in front of him, although Henzler had to clip Bernhard to do so.

Ortelli's challenge only lasted for a corner before a recurrence of the brake problem he'd suffered in practice sent him straight on at the first element of Becketts. A caliper jammed on, causing him to lock up and career across the grass and into retirement.

That promoted the opportunistic Henzler up to second, although he had Bernhard for close company. Lieb was fourth with the race leader's brother Tim Bergmeister right behind him in fifth. Series leader Marco Werner had made up a couple of places on the opening lap, meanwhile, and was sixth at the conclusion of the opening lap.

Bergmeister J was in total control at the front, and rattled off the 12 laps to win by over 3secs, ahead of the battling Henzler and Bernhard. The latter tried everything he could to grab second place, but failed by 0.2secs.

"I got a gap on the first lap and it was pretty easy after Stephane had gone off," said Bergmeister. "I guess you could say it was a pretty easy win for me."

His pleasure at winning the race was increased when he learned that series leader Werner dropped out with gearbox failure after six laps, which promotes Bergmeister and Henzler to the top of the points standings.

Lieb steadily pulled away from Bergmeister T for fourth, while Maassen inherited sixth from the retiring Werner. Philippe Peter was seventh, while Pedro Couceiro managed to keep fellow former F3000 racer Alessandro Zampedri at bay for eighth. Kelvin Burt finished 10th in the VIP car, while the other guest racer, Boyzone's Shane Lynch, spun off at Priory from last place.

Adrian Slater headed the British Porsche Cup runners home in 17th place.

Jorg Bergmeister, Term Farnbacher, 23m40.666s
Wolf Henzler, PZ Rhein-Oberberg, +3.077s
Timo Bernhard, UPS Junior Team, +3.231s
Marc Lieb, UPS Junior Team, +7.215s
Tim Bergmeister, MAT Racing, +9.521s
Sascha Maassen, Software AG, +15.127s
Philippe Peter, Team Farnbacher, +15.288s
Pedro Couceiro, PZ Rhein-Oberberg, +16.658s
Alessandro Zampedri, Kadach Tuning, +17.157s
Kelvin Burt, Porsche AG, +19.227s
Bernhard, 1m57.155s (157.975kph)

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