Posted by: porschebahn | May 19, 2009

Preview of Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup round 4 at the Monaco Grand Prix

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Precision work in the streets of Monte Carlo

Not only for Formula 1 are the streets of Monte Carlo the exclusive backdrop for arguably the most prestigious race of the season every year. As the world’s fastest one-make cup, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup also goes racing on the Grand Prix weekend in the Principality on the Cote d’Azur. Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) takes up the demanding street race between the Casino and harbour as the overall points’ leader. There is virtually no other circuit where the gap between the cars and the barriers is so small. There are as good as no run-off areas, the smallest error is immediately punished.

Bleekemolen as title defender has made a successful start into the new season. Driving a Konrad Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, he won the first two races in Bahrain. In Barcelona he turned his third pole position in qualifying this year and in the race, which began with an unlucky but slight collision in the first corner, he finished a narrow second behind winner Richard Westbrook. After a brilliant charge through the field he crossed the finish line only 0.764 seconds shy of the leader. Westbrook, who competes for Federsand-Jetstream Motorsport this season, and is the Supercup winner of 2006 and 2007, moved up into third overall thanks to his first win of 2009. Ranking second in the series is Patrick Huisman from the Netherlands. For the quadruple Supercup champion from the SPS Performance team, it would be a dream come true to secure his 25th Supercup victory in Monaco of all places.

Matt Halliday is the surprise of the first rounds

The surprise of the first rounds is without doubt Matt Halliday from New Zealand. The Supercup rookie, who hails from the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge of his country, clinched his second podium result in Barcelona with second, after finishing in the top three at the season-opening round in Bahrain. Understandably, the Federsand-Jetstream Motorsport pilot is extremely pleased with his top performance: “Two podium results from the first three races,” he said in Barcelona, “that’s not a bad start.”

For Damien Faulkner, however, the 2009 season didn’t start quite as well. Driving for Walter Lechner Racing School, the Irishman and vice champion of 2007 and 2008 has so far finished once in fourth and twice in sixth position, putting him in fifth place overall behind newcomer Matt Halliday. Renè Rast (Germany) is also not looking as promising as hoped in the race for the title. Competing for VELTINS MRS Racing, the reigning Carrera Cup champion has only managed to notch up one second place in Bahrain so far this season. At the season-opening race in the desert Kingdom he was hampered by a technical defect. In Barcelona he saw the flag in tenth, but was subsequently disqualified by the sporting commission as he had collided with Jeroen Bleekemolen and damaged his car but had continued to race. The young German tackles the tough Monaco round ranking eighth in the overall standings.

Television stations “Eurosport” and “Premiere” broadcast the race in Monaco on Sunday, 24th May, live from 9.45 hours. Moreover, “Eurosport” televises highlights of the race on Sunday evening in its “Motorsports Weekend” programme.

Drivers’ standings after 3 of 11 rounds

1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), 64 points
2. Patrick Huisman (NED), 44
3. Richard Westrbrook (GBR), 42
4. Matt Halliday (NZL), 40
5. Damien Faulkner (IRL), 34
6. Stefan Rosina (SVK), 32

Rookie classification after 3 of 11 rounds

1. Matt Halliday (NZL), 40 points

Team classification after 3 of 11 rounds

1. Federsand-Jetstream Motorsport, 83 points
2. Konrad Motorsport, 78
3. Walter Lechner Racing School, 66

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