HALLIDAY & GILTRAP RACING IN BUDAPEST FOR PORSCHE MOBIL 1 SUPERCUP
New Zealand racing driver Matt Halliday has arrived in Budapest (Hungary) for Round 8 of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and is looking to continue his increasing form after some spirited performances in recent races. Having become more familiar with the new tyre compound being used in this season’s championship, the Californian based Kiwi racing driver has now made his way into the top ten in the points standings- despite two dnfs earlier in the season.
The 4.3 kilometre "Hungaroring” is a circuit which requires total respect as overtaking opportunities are few and require considerable skill,
although Halliday has become no stranger to overtaking- judging by his efforts in the series to date.
Without question, his reputation for making superb starts to races will also come into effect although it will still be imperative to qualify high up the order to achieve a top placing.Also adding to the equation is the fact that tyre wear is usually high at this track so with only one new set of tyres allocated to each car per round, we can expect to see major tactics being used by all teams over practice, qualifying and the 16 lap race.
With the competition at this level proving so talented, another closely fought qualifying session is expected, which could again see 20 cars lapping within a second of the pole position winner. However, having overhauled eight cars on the opening lap of last weekend’s race, Halliday is confident his Giltrap Racing Porsche 911 GT3 will again show good racing pace:
"This is another new track for me which is always an enjoyable challenge especially when it has been used for so many years. It certainly appears to be a challenge considering both the heat and the tight, twisty layout. I know the MRS organisation [Giltrap Racing’s Porsche engineers] has done some testing here this year so we should have some good data to enable us to start from a solid base” he explained on his arrival yesterday.