Posted by: porschebahn | May 24, 2009

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup round 4 at the Monaco Grand Prix – Race report

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Monaco 2009

Richard Westbrook celebrates first Monaco victory

A first for Richard Westbrook from Great Britain: At the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup race on the legendary street circuit in Monaco, the Supercup winner from 2006 and 2007 celebrated his first victory in the Principality on the Cote d’Azur. With his second win of the season after Barcelona, he has improved his position in the overall standings of the world’s fastest one-make series to now rank second.

With his 420 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup run by Federsand-Jetstream Motorsport, Westbrook took up the race from pole position and held onto his lead to the flag. René Rast (Germany) was the only driver to match the pace of the seasoned racing professional, but had no real chance to overtake on the narrow and twisty circuit. Rast, as reigning Carrera Cup champion, claimed second at the season-opener in Bahrain for his VELTINS MRS Racing team.

Behind the front-running pair, who were able to pull away from the rest of the field shortly after the start, a three-way fight raged for the last podium step. Coming out on top was title defender Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands: Third position for the Konrad Motorsport pilot, who won here in Monaco the last two years, was enough to easily retain his overall lead in the championship. The Dutchman put his wealth of experience to good use, holding off Slovakia’s Stefan Rosina (Walter Lechner Racing School) and guest driver from the Italian Carrera Cup, Andrea Belicchi (Centro Porsche Padova).

Bringing home sixth place from his debut race in Monaco, Supercup newcomer Matt Halliday not only confirmed why he clearly leads the Rookie Classification. Driving for Federsand-Jetstream Motorsport, the New Zealander moved up in the overall standings and now holds the same points tally in third overall as the Supercup veteran Patrick Huisman (SPS Performance) from the Netherlands, who finished today’s race in ninth. Trailing Matt Halliday in seventh was Damien Faulkner (Walter Lechner Racing School) followed by VELTINS MRS Racing pilot Norbert Siedler from Austria. Konrad Motorsport driver, Jiri Janak from the Czech Republic, rounded off the top ten.

Drivers comments

Richard Westbrook (winner): “The first win in Monaco is a very special success, of course. But it is somehow strange here because we have a day off before the race. It gives you time to contemplate all the things that could happen to you – especially at the start. But luckily everything went smoothly. I got away well at the start and that was the key to success. My thanks go to my team who again put a perfect car on the track for me today. It is great fun working with these guys. We’ve made huge progress since the season-opener in Bahrain and have improved from race to race.”

René Rast (second): “That was my first dry race in Monaco, and to land on the podium is wonderful. For me it was a comparatively calm race. I tried to put pressure on Richard so he would make a mistake. But unfortunately he didn’t do me the favour. After our bad luck in Barcelona it’s great to bring home second place.”

Jeroen Bleekemolen (third): “Somehow our car wasn’t running perfectly today. We don’t yet know what the problem was. At times I even doubted I would reach the flag, so, with this in mind, I’m quite happy with third position. Richard and René got away quickly after the start and I was able to hold off my pursuers, especially since overtaking is not easy in Monaco. Of course I would have loved to win here for the third time, particularly because no one has done it yet. But I’ll just have to postpone that until next year.”

Statistics

Race result
1. Richard Westbrook (GBR), Federsand-Jetstream Motorsport, 26:37.566 minutes
2. René Rast (GER), VELTINS MRS Racing, + 0.270 seconds
3. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), Konrad Motorsport, + 4.860
4. Stefan Rosina (SVK), Walter Lechner Racing School, + 5.189
5. Andrea Belicchi (ITA), Centro Porsche Padova, + 5.520
6. Matt Halliday (NZL), Federsand-Jetstream Motorsport, + 7.578

Driver classification after 4 of 11 races
1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), 80 points
2. Richard Westbrook (GBR), 64
3. Patrick Huisman (NED), 52
3. Matt Halliday (NZL), 52
5. Stefan Rosina (SVK), 46
6. Damien Faulkner (IRL), 42

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

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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