P17 in qualifying for Nick at his debut in a Porsche
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In tricky conditions Nick scored a reputable result with P17 in his first Porsche Supercup qualifying.
By Michael Oellers

In the cockpit of the VIP-911 fielded by Porsche AG, Nick put on a great show for fans today in Hockenheim’s qualifying after finishing respectable12th in the Friday’s Free Practice. At his debut in the world’s fastest international one-make race series, Nick demonstrated his skill on the wet track, and clocked times amongst the fastest. But when the circuit began to dry up over the course of the qualifying session, the Supercup specialists came into their own. Nick takes up Sunday’s race on the 17th grid spot out of a 27-strong field.

With this result, Nick wasn’t unsatisfied: “On paper, 17th doesn’t look that impressive, but I’m not too disappointed”, he said. “The track conditions were very tricky and of course that didn’t make it easier for me against the Supercup specialists. Still, I was able to familiarise myself a little more with the Porsche compared to the free practice. I’m now hoping for another improvement in the race.”

Qualifying result

1. René Rast (D), Lechner Racing Team, 1:46.023 minutes
2. Michael Ammermüller (D), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 0.018 seconds
3. Sean Edwards (GB), Konrad Motorsport, + 0.206
4. Norbert Siedler (A), VELTINS Lechner Racing, + 0.223
5. Christian Engelhart (D), Konrad Motorsport, + 0.236
6. Nicki Thiim (DK), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 0.285
17. Nick Heidfeld (D), Porsche AG, + 1.900

The Porsche Supercup race in Hockenheim will be started tomorrow on noon, just before the F1 Grand Prix.