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Porsche-Pirelli-SuperCup - 2nd Round at the GP of Monaco -------------------------------------------------------- Jean-Pierre Malcher (F) Wins Again in Monaco Monaco. Jean-Pierre Malcher (F, Oberbayern Motorsport) saw the chequered flag as ...

Porsche-Pirelli-SuperCup - 2nd Round at the GP of Monaco --------------------------------------------------------

Jean-Pierre Malcher (F) Wins Again in Monaco

Monaco. Jean-Pierre Malcher (F, Oberbayern Motorsport) saw the chequered flag as clear winner of round two of the Porsche-Pirelli-SuperCup in the streets of Monaco. Malcher had taken up the race from pole position, led the field into the first corner and did not relinquish first place over the 16 lap sprint. This was Malcher's second win here - the last time was in 1995 where he became series champion, as well.

Behind Malcher the rest of the field experienced tough duelling on the dry streets. Ex-Formula 1 pilot Jean-Pierre Jarier (F, DDO) and Germany's Horst Farnbacher battled from half distance for second place with Farnbacher finally surging ahead in the penultimate round after hard negotiations with Jarier. Oliver Mathai (D, Walker Gillet-Manthey Racing) performed consistently, and was rewarded with a third placing after starting from sixth on the grid.

Bruno Corradi from Italy (MAC Racing) finished the sprint race fourth, once again demonstrating high form after placing sixth in Imola. Patrick Simon (D, Oberbayern Motorsport) arrived and left Monaco leading the points' table. Despite technical problems, the 22-year-old - youngest starter in the world's fastest marques cup - secured fifth. Ex-Formula 1 driver Jacques Laffite (F, Kadach Tuning) spun at high speed and was rammed by Toine Oosterbosch (NL, Farnbacher Motorsport). Both pilots were uninjured but the cars were destroyed. Frenchman Dominique Dupuy (DDO) again demonstrated his capabilities in Porsche cars finishing this difficult race sixth out of just 17 remaining participants from 26 starters. Paul Belmondo (F, Gosselin Competition), a regular starter in GT races, took eighth place.

Both RTL-VIP drivers impressed the spectators with fine performance in unfamiliar Porsche 911 sportscars. Ex-Formula 1 pilot Ricardo Rosset was seventh, and rally driver Jean-Pierre Richelmi from Monaco claimed tenth in the streets of the tiny principality. Tyrrell Formula 1 test-driver Toranosuke Takagi from Japan (Kadach Tuning) experienced a big moment in his first Porsche race when his 911 spun at extreme speed. Miraculously Takagi's car remained unscathed and crossed the finish line eleventh.

Race result (top 10)

Pos     Driver/Nat              Team                            Time
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 1      Jean-Pierre Malcher/F   Oberbayern Motorsport      29:08.062
 2      Horst Farnbacher/D      Zepter Racing - Farnbacher   + 6.137
 3      Oliver Mathai/D         Walker Gillet - Manthey Racing 6.697
 4      Bruno Corradi/I         MAC Racing                     8.857
 5      Patrick Simon/D         Oberbayern Motorsport         37.689
 6      Dominique Dupuy/F       DDO                           40.481
 7      Ricardo Rosset/BR       RTL-VIP                       41.639
 8      Paul Belmondo/F         Gosselin Competition          48.756
 9      Gerhard Muller/D        Farnbacher Motorsport         49.373
10      Jean-Pierre Richelmi/MC RTL-VIP                       51.347

Standings: Pos Driver Pts --------------------------- 1 Simon 36 2 Farnbacher 32 3 Dupuy 28 4 Mathai 26 5 Corradi 24 6 Malcher 20 7 Huisman 18 8 Belmondo 15 9 Grohs 12 10 Muller 11

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Drivers Ricardo Rosset , Jacques Laffite , Jean-Pierre Jarier , Paul Belmondo , Oliver Mathai , Dominique Dupuy , Bruno Corradi , Jean-Pierre Malcher , Patrick Simon , Toranosuke Takagi