HALLIDAY BACK IN EUROPE TO COMPETE IN PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPERCUP
New Zealand racing driver Matt Halliday has arrived in Europe to continue his Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign with Rounds 3 and 4 set to take place in Barcelona and Monaco over the two forthcoming weekends.
He will again be at the wheel of the 2010 spec Porsche 911 GT3 under the banner of new Kiwi team Giltrap Racing.
As usual the races will again act as support events for both the Spanish and Monaco Formula 1 Grands Prix. The Barcelona round will take place at the familiar Catalunya circuit where Halliday finished on the podium last season and will be looking to repeat the performance this year.
Monaco needs no introduction as one of the most historic venues on the European calendar and is a circuit the Californian based Kiwi driver enjoys having starred there in single-seaters earlier in his career.
While the Spanish round of the Championship is on a fast and sweeping track with some overtaking opportunities, qualifying will be the
key to the Monaco race which is on the tight and twisty streets around the principality. It is essential to start near the front of the grid as overtaking is extremely difficult and at times can be very risky.
Drivers and teams will have the usual 45 minute practice session on the Friday of each race with a 20 minute qualifying session on Saturday and races held on Sunday preceding the Formula 1 Grand Prix. However, Halliday is quickly adapting to the European format and feels his Porsche Supercup experience to date will assist him in finding a good car set-up for each race:
"It is really difficult with only one practice and qualifying session but that’s how it is done here and is the same for everybody. I am confident that Karsten Molitor and the MRS organisation will provide me with a car that will be competitive for both races” he said from his London base this week.
Richard Giltrap, of the Giltrap Group, is hopeful of the upcoming rounds:
"Matt has had a lot of experience at Catalunya, and now that he has had a bit more time in the car, he should be more settled, and we are looking forward to a competitive weekend in Barcelona, and then again in Monaco.”
"Matt has shown he has the pace to be near the front of the pack, and we are happy with his progress so far.”
Full race coverage of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup can be seen on TV3 during their Sunday afternoon motorsport programme presented by Shaun Summerfield.