HALLIDAY FIGHTS BACK FOR 12TH IN NURBURGRING PORSCHE SUPERCUP RACE
New Zealand racing driver Matt Halliday has fought his way through another difficult weekend in the latest round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup held at Germany’s Nürburgring circuit. Challenged by changeable weather conditions and a track he has never driven before, the Californian based Kiwi driver fought his way up to 12th place after an early setback.
After adapting to the circuit in free practice and seeking the best race set up during qualifying, he started the 14 lap race from a frustrating 14th grid position and was soon hit and pushed off the circuit relegating him to a distant 21st place. However, with drivers opting for different tyre choices on the wet but drying surface, his experience was evident as he battled his way back to 12th setting the fastest lap times in the opening laps of the race.
The performance was very pleasing for the German MRS team in their "home” race as he was driving their older 2010 version Porsche 911 GT3 using a wet weather set up with dry tyres. The set up worked well for most of the race but faded slightly in the closing stages:
"Man, I have to say that was a really tough weekend. I had never seen the track before and it showed as we could not make anything work properly. The race being in damp and slippery condition gave us a chance so had we not been pushed off at the start we would have been in great shape. At least fighting our way back up to 12th got the team some valuable points.” he at the conclusion of the race.
Halliday will now travel to Australia in early August to commence V8 Supercar testing in preparation for the endurance races where he will be driving a Ford Falcon for Jim Beam Racing with regular team driver James Moffatt. He is also aiming to contest a couple more Porsche Supercup races before the end of the season.