Norbert Siedler recorded his first Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup win this weekend in Barcelona, after race winner Sean Edwards was given a twenty five second penalty for an accident the stewards deemed avoidable.
From the start Edwards showed his intentions of winning as he outpaced Bleekemolen and Siedler in to the first corner, further back Sascha Massssen would spin and Alessandro Zampedri would end his race early in the gravel trap. Double race winner RenÃ© Rast failed to take the start after a damaged drive shaft on the warm up lap forced him to retire.
As the field continued around Edwards opened the gap between him and Bleekemolen, further back Robert van den Berg spins off the track. Nick Tandy and Jan Seyffarth battle it out with the German driver taking the emergency exit route after colliding with Tandy.
At the halfway point Bleekemolen is getting faster, slowly closing the gap between him and Edwards out front. Lap seven and Siso Cunill gets in to some difficulty after missing his braking point, crashing in to the car of New Zealander Matt Halliday and leaving them both out of the race.
With the laps counting down and the racing getting closer Bleekemolen draws alongside Edwards on lap twelve, Edwards holds his position, that is until the final lap when Bleekemolen fires his car up the inside of Edwards and in to the lead. Controversy would follow as a few corners later Edwards clashes with the back of Bleekemolen as his wheels lock going in to the corner, the Englishman drives off as Bleekemolen is left to spin his car in the right direction.
Edwards would cross the line the winner, followed by Norbert Siedler and Patrick Huisman taking the remaining podium places. Bleekemolen recovered to take fourth place with Jaap van Lagen, Nick Tandy, Jan Seyffarth, Tim Bridgman, Stefan Rosina and Christian Engelhart rounding out the top ten.
Following the conclusion of the race the stewards would deem Edwards collision avoidable, handing the Englishman a twenty-five second penalty that would drop him down to twelfth, handing Nobert Siedler his first win.
Norbert Siedler admitted afterwards that it wasn’t the best way to win his first Porsche race, “I would have preferred to win my first Supercup race under different conditions, but our team deserves this success. I got away well at the start and managed to match the pace of the front-runners until I got some understeering and lost contact to the leaders. While they fought up ahead, I was able to creep closer in the final laps. My car had a great set-up. Now I hope it's good enough for a podium result in Monte Carlo.”
Patrick Huisman edged closer to ending his dry spell of wins by securing second place. “The competitors in front of me had the advantage of new tyres in the first laps and could pull away. I more or less drove my own race without any great pressure from behind, but also without any great chance of making up positions. It was a good feeling to climb the podium again. Now I'm looking forward to my favourite race in Monaco.”
The unlucky Jeroen Bleekemolen felt hard done by after the race: “I'm so disappointed. My start was bad, Sean was quicker early on, but I was relatively certain he would eventually experience problems with his tyres. I waited until the final lap to attack. If he hadn't have hit the rear of my car several corners before the flag, my plan would have worked.”
The next round sees the Porsche’s face the streets of Monte Carlo as the F1 circus heads to Monaco.