Matt Halliday

HALLIDAY UP TO 3RD ON POINTS AFTER PORSCHE SUPERCUP RACE AT MONACO - 25th May 2009

New Zealand racing driver Matt Halliday has lifted himself to 3rd equal overall points position following Round 4 of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup held at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix meeting last night. The Californian based Kiwi star endured a frustrating weekend but drove a consistent race to take 6th place in the 16 lap race around the streets of the Principality.

The race was dominated by Halliday's team-mate, Richard Westbrook (Great Britain), who enjoyed a perfect weekend by leading from start to finish from the pole position. With the total points accumulated by the two drivers, Federsand-Jetstream Motorsport have now extended their overall lead in the Teams Championship.

Qualifying was a frustrating affair for Halliday, partly because he had not driven Porsches at the demanding venue and therefore commenced Thursday's free practice with limited set-up data. With the car proving difficult to maneuver around the narrow streets, the Team Engineers worked into the small hours of the morning rebuilding the set-up geometry to Halliday's preference.

The results were instantly noticeable as the car was lapping in the top three throughout the 45 minute qualifying session until the curse of Monaco struck. After taking on fresh tyres for his final two laps he exited the pits only to be baulked by slower cars on both laps thus dropping to 6th place on the grid. Most of the front drivers complained about slower cars but Halliday accepts that is the nature of Monaco where sometimes you get the breaks and sometimes you don't:

"It can be frustrating when things don't go to plan but it was encouraging to be so competitive in qualifying. Porsches are harder to muscle around here than single-seaters so with little opportunity to overtake it was better to go for good points which was rewarding for the team after their excellent effort” said Halliday shortly after the race.

Round 5 of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is scheduled to take place in a fortnight's time at the Turkish Formula 1 Grand Prix in Istanbul.

Points Standings After Round 4:

1st Jeroen Bleekemolen (Holland) 80; 2nd Richard Westbrook (Great Britain) 64; 3rd= Matt Halliday (NZ) 52; 3rd= Patrick Huisman (Holland) 52; 5th Stefan Rosina (Slovakia) 46; 6th Damien Faulkner (Ireland) 44; 7th René Rast (Germany) 36; 8th Norbert Seidler (Austria) 27; 9th Richard Williams (Great Britain) 20; 10th Jiri Janak (Czech Republic) 19; 11th William Langhorne (United States) 18; 12th Luigi Ferrara (Italy) 17; 13th Siso Cunhill (Spain) 14; 14th Abdul Al Faisal (Saudi Arabia) 14.

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race Schedule:

Round 1: 25 April Sakhir, Bahrain

Round 2: 26 April Sakhir, Bahrain

Round 3: 09-10 May Catalunya, Spain

Round 4: 23-24 May Monaco

Round 5: 06-07 June Istanbul, Turkey

Round 6: 20-21 June Silverstone, Great Britain

Round 7: 11-12 July Nürburgring, Germany

Round 8: 25-26 July Budapest, Hungary

Round 9: 22-23 August Valencia, Europe

Round 10: 29-30 August Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

Round 11: 12-13 September Monza, Italy