Shock Porsche news of the weekend was the absence of René Rast from the grid for both Supercup races in Hungary.
The cancellation of René Rast’s start for the first race on Saturday was quietly announced on Friday evening – so quietly that the Eurosport commentators did not know why he was not in the race until half distance.
On Sunday morning, came the second announcement: Rast would not race on Sunday either. The reason was simple: René was racing (and leading) the Spa 24-Hour with Phoenix Team Audi, alongside team mates Andrea Piccini and Frank Stippler.
“We knew about the schedule conflict and we are grateful to the Audi-Team-Manager Dr. Wolfgang Ulrich, who made it possible for René to participate in the qualifying this afternoon and to fetch four championship points for the two pole-positions here in Hungary”, said René’s team Manager, Walter Lechner Jr.
After qualifying, Rast led the championship with 104 points: a 27-point lead on second place drivers Sean Edwards and Norbert Siedler, both on 77 points so far. As I type, I’m watching the Eurosport 2 coverage of race 1 (recorded) with Estre out in front, denying both second placers from the top spot. Estre is really seizing the opportunity: great to see him take off in front, René style.
With three laps to go, it’s Estre from Ammermüller from Edwards. Now three laps to go and Eurosport has gone to the first commercial break. Who said no one cares about Supercup? What a state of affairs.