Posted by: porschebahn | May 14, 2010

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

26 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in world’s fastest city traffic

When the Formula 1 circus descends on Monaco, the Principality on the Cote d’Azur turns crazy. The hotels are packed to the rafters and all berths in the marina are occupied. High fences along the streets and lanes not only limit the movement of Grand Prix visitors on the maddest days of the year. The ladies from the shockingly expensive apartments on the Boulevard Prince Albert 1er can often only take their miniature poodles for a walk with a special pass. But for 26 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup sports cars all lights are green in the world’s fastest city traffic: On 16 May, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes off into its fourth race of the year on the streets of Monte Carlo.

“This race is an absolute highlight of the season. I live in Monte Carlo and know every curb here,” says Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen, who contests the series as points’ leader in a 911 GT3 Cup fielded by Al Faisal Lechner Racing. The title defender has already secured two Supercup victories at the race in his adopted home. His teammate René Rast also tackles the most prestigious race on the calendar with high expectations. “This is the race I most look forward to,” he says. “Sometimes we’re only millimetres away from the barriers – you can’t afford to make one tiny mistake here. It’s a fabulous challenge. The whole atmosphere is unique.”

Duel between the teammates

In Monaco, other competitors are determined to intervene in the duel between the teammates at the head of the points. One such pursuer is Supercup rookie Nick Tandy from Great Britain driving for Konrad Motorsport. Tandy travels to the Cote d’Azur sitting third in points’ classification. Others are Barcelona winner Norbert Siedler (VELTINS MRS Racing) from Austria and Slovakian Stefan Rosina (Lechner Racing). After his podium result at the season-opener in Bahrain, followed by a disappointing Barcelona race, Rosina is particularly motivated to catch up to the front runners. Traditionally in Monaco, it is crucial to secure a good position on the grid, as the street circuit offers very few chances to overtake. “There are two corners where passing is sometimes possible,” says René Rast, “but only if the guy in front makes a mistake. The further forward you are on the grid, the better your chances.”

TV station Eurosport broadcasts the race in Monaco live on 16 May at 9.45 hours with Sky Sport showing live coverage from 9.40 hours. Eurosport also televises highlights of the race in its “Motorsports Weekend” programme on Sunday evening.

Statistics

1. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED) 48 points
2. René Rast (GER), 44
3. Nick Tandy (GBR), 42
4. Stefan Rosina (SVK), 40
5. Norbert Siedler (AUT), 32

BBS rookie classification after 3 of 10 races

1. Nicholas Tandy (GBR), 42 points

Team classification after 3 of 10 races

1. Al Faisal Lechner Racing, 86 points
2. Konrad Motorsport, 65
3. VELTINS MRS Racing, 63


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