HALLIDAY 10TH AFTER QUALIFYING SETBACK IN MONACO PORSCHE SUPERCUP
New Zealand racing driver Matt Halliday has notched up another top ten Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup result after a spirited race around the streets of Monaco last night. Halliday contested the race as a one-off deal for the German based MRS Team with whom he drove last year’s Porsche Supercup Championship.
Under sponsorship from French wine company Bertaud Belieu and with support from the Giltrap Group, the weekend commenced well for the Californian based Kiwi when he set the 10th fastest lap time in Friday’s practice driving a 2010 spec Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
Saturday’s qualifying progressed even better for Halliday who was setting lap times comfortably within the top seven until a driveshaft failure prevented him from undertaking his final laps on fresh tyres. Although disappointed by his 14th grid position in the 26 car field, he still remained confident his experience on the streets of the principality would benefit him in the 16 lap race.
As is usually the case at Monaco, overtaking was always going to be difficult but again some aggressive driving saw Halliday overtaking four cars to finish the race in 10th place while closely chasing down a five car pack across the finish line:
"It was great shame breaking a driveshaft in qualifying and having to start so far back as the car felt great. It was clear to us after the first run that we had a good shot for the front two rows of the grid at least.
"Anyway, we made a good start and passed four cars sometimes around the outside at places you normally can’t pass! After that it was too difficult to overtake so we have to be happy we got the best result possible considering where we started” he commented after the race.
Halliday has also indicated there is a possibility he may now be appearing in other rounds of the 2011 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.