Posted by: porschebahn | May 22, 2009

Qualifying for Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup round 4 at the Monaco Grand Prix

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2009

Richard Westbrook starts from pole position

At the fourth round of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup in the streets of Monte Carlo, Richard Westbrook from Britain takes up the race on Sunday from pole position for the first time this season. In qualifying, the Supercup champion of 2006 and 2007 was a good two and a half tenths of a second faster in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Federsand-Jetstream Motorsport than René Rast (Germany). Driving for VELTINS MRS Racing, the reigning Carrera Cup champion tackles the prestigious race in the Principality on the Cote d’Azur alongside Westbrook on the front row.

Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands, who won in Monaco in 2007 and 2008, had held the pole position for quite some time. The title defender and his Konrad Motorsport team, who had taken up all races from position one by now, finally had to settle for third on the grid. Italian Andrea Belicchi (Centro Porsche Padova), one of five guest drivers from the Carrera Cup Italia, surprisingly turned the fourth quickest time and lines up alongside the Monaco resident in the second row.

In a dramatic qualifying session on the famed street circuit, on which 23 of the 420 hp 911 GT3 Cup set off on Sunday, Stefan Rosina occupies fifth place. Driving for Walter Lechner Racing School, the Slovakian was only two-hundredths of a second faster than Supercup newcomer Matt Halliday from New Zealand (Federsand Jetstream Motorsport), who currently ranks first in the Rookie Classification. The vice-champion from 2007 and 2008, Damien Faulkner from Ireland (Walter Lechner Racing School) as well as Italian guest driver Alessandro Zampedri (Konrad Motorsport Austria) make up the fourth row of the grid. Ninth position is qualifying went to Austria’s Norbert Siedler (VELTINS MRS Racing) ahead of Konrad Motorsport pilot Jiri Janak from the Czech Republic.

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

Drivers comments

Richard Westbrook (pole-sitter): “Everything ran perfectly in qualifying. My car’s handling kept improving and that’s what is important in Monaco. You have to constantly improve over the course of the qualifying as the track gets quicker and there is more and more rubber left on the street. Most importantly you need a perfect car for the final lap. I put my order in with my engineers and they delivered right on time. I’m looking forward to a great race.”

René Rast (second qualifier): “We had a lot of traffic on the track, and I couldn’t drive as fast as I wanted particularly with my first set of tyres. With the second set it was somewhat better. Second on the grid is a good place to start from, so I’m pleased. In Monaco it’s difficult to overtake so it can only be an advantage to start from the first row.”

Jeroen Bleekemolen (third qualifier): “Of course I’m disappointed. In free practice I was way in front and today I was very fast with my first set of tyres. But there were a lot of cars on the circuit, which is typical for Monaco, but it cost me a great deal of time, particularly when you’re on your flying lap. Oh well, for the race I just have to make the most out of the situation. Still, it won’t be easy starting from third and winning.”

Statistics

Qualifying result
1. Richard Westbrook (GBR), Federsand-Jetstream Motorsport, 1:36.820 minutes
2. René Rast (GER), VELTINS MRS Racing, + 0.258 seconds
3. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), Konrad Motorsport, + 0.501
4. Andrea Belicchi (ITA), Centro Porsche Padova, + 0.580
5. Stefan Rosina (SVK), Walter Lechner Racing School, 0.767

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2009


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