Round 11 - Germany (Hockenheim)
At the end of the session Steffen Diener clinched his second pole position of the season, three-quarters of a second ahead of Jan Svehlik who was a further 1.3 seconds ahead of Darren Crawford.
Of the two Pro Class drivers competing, Jim Spratt was the only one to get a grip on the conditions, easily beating Ian Parkhouse to gain his first ever class pole.
Pos No. Driver Team Cl. Time Diff. Laps Pts 1. # 4 Steffen Diener Power Tech Ace 1:42.075 +00.000 11 20 2. # 1 Jan Svehlik Bolgani Ace 1:42.823 +00.748 9 16 3. # 9 Darren Crawford Corgi Ace 1:44.154 +02.079 10 14 4. #25 Jim Spratt Lotus Pro 1:44.749 +02.674 10 12 5. #11 Ian Parkhouse Phoenix Pro 1:46.071 +03.996 10 10
Pos No. Driver Team Cl. Time Diff. Pts 1. # 1 Jan Svehlik Bolgani Ace 1h11:18.938 +0:00.000 180 +5+3 2. # 4 Steffen Diener Power Tech Ace 1h13:26.652 +2:07.714 170 3. # 9 Darren Crawford Corgi Ace 1h14:29.114 +3:10.176 165 4. #15 Benjamin Suerig Amiga Racing Ace 1h14:33.724 +3:14.786 160 5. #25 Jim Spratt Lotus Pro 1h14:55.028 +3:36.090 155 6. # 3 Thomas Bodlien Power Tech Ace 18 laps 41.56% 60 7. #26 Gerard Volders Lotus Pro 15 laps 35.20% 48 8. #11 Ian Parkhouse Phoenix Pro 3 laps 7.56% 9
"The Germany circuit is not difficult. The only dangerous chicane is the third. You must be careful there. With some testing I found a good way through it. In the first lap at the second chicane some cc's crashed together. The result was that 8 cars retired. I was lucky that it happened behind me. I started from 5 place, overtaked 3 cars in first lap and the leader in next lap. Again used the car setup from season 98/99. Changed the wings a bit. "
Steffen Diener (Power Tech), 2nd:
"As I never finished a race at Hockenheim the motto today
was: "Safety first". I hoped to to make some points by
just getting over the distance. The CCs thought something
else an only 13 cars made it into the second lap. 7 cars
where parked in a row on the left after the first corner!
A good reminder to play it save ;) I only made 3 or 4 times
contact with the wall at the second chicane, only spinning
the car. So I finished here for the first time."
Darren Crawford (Corgi), 3rd:
"I am battling the flu at the moment, so the strategy was to run smooth and steady in the tricky corners and in passing back markers. I did exactly that and did pretty good as a result. I'm going to go crash in pits now."
Benjamin Suerig (Amiga Racing), 4th:
"Hockenheim is probably the most dangerous track in the Grand Prix season, so my strategy was simple: driving carefully and finishing - just like in Monte-Carlo. I did three pitstops using very soft tires. The race itself was a rather boring one apart from the very last laps when I was able to pass both Barrichello and Hakkinen. I finally finished 0,058 seconds ahead of Hakkinen."
Jim Spratt (Lotus), 5th:
"An average race by all accounts - Started 4th, but took the lead by the 1st
chicane and never looked back. I only stopped once, and have since realised
this is totally the wrong stragety, but you live and learn. Watch out next year
though for me - I expect to do a lot better than this :) Hungary isn't a
favorite but I expect to do ok..."
Ian Parkhouse (Phoenix), 8th:
"I dislike this circuit so much I couldn't bring myself to do much practice, and that showed in the race.
I got away well from fifth on the grid, simply driving between the four cars ahead of me. I was putting in very slow lap times (even by my standards) until lap 4 when I tried to drive past Mazzacane on the 'straight' between the first two chicanes. We touched wheels, I went flying into the wall, he went on unscathed.
Another non-counting result (hopefully)."