HALLIDAY TAKES 8TH PLACE IN MONACO PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPERCUP RACE
New Zealand racing driver Matt Halliday has put up another creditable performance in the latest round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup held in Monaco last night.
The Los Angeles based Kiwi driver brought his Giltrap Racing Porsche 911 GT3 home in 8th place in a race which was as difficult as predicted with drama occurring from the very outset.
Qualifying was an indication as to how ruthless racing would be after the top 14 cars set lap times within the same second. Some of the more experienced campaigners had difficulty finding a clear lap on the notoriously tight street circuit including Halliday who qualified in 12th grid position just 0.8 secs behind the pole sitter.
As the 23 cars raced away from the start Halliday had to avoid spinning cars from the opening lap but soon settled into a good rhythm. He then began moving up the field despite few overtaking opportunities and became embroiled in a three way battle which also saw his car take several nudges from behind.
He eventually settled in 8th place which he defended to the finish having accepted the high risk of further overtaking attempts with only 16 laps race distance. Once again the MRS Racing operation provided a strong car but without a clear qualifying lap the task was always going to be a hard one:
"It was a good start and it is always nice to make up four places at Monaco. We proved we have good pace and are going forward with the development so we look to keep building on that for the next round at Valencia” said Halliday after the race.
The next round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup will be held on June 27th at the European Formula 1 Grand Prix in Valencia (Spain).
Round 3 09 May Spain (Catalunya)
Round 4 16 May Monaco (Monte Carlo)
Round 5 27 June Europe (Valencia)
Round 6 11 July Great Britain (Silverstone)
Round 7 25 July ` Germany (Hockenheim)
Round 8 01 August Hungary (Budapest)
Round 9 29 August Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
Round 10 12 September Italy (Monza)