Barcelona: Series weekend summary

Top ten finishes again for the Tudor drivers Patrick Huisman and Richard Williams Saturday 10 May 2009, Barcelona, Spain - Richard Westbrook and his team-mate Matt Halliday driving for Ferdersand-Jetstream Motorsport took two out of the three ...

Top ten finishes again for the Tudor drivers Patrick Huisman and Richard Williams

Saturday 10 May 2009, Barcelona, Spain - Richard Westbrook and his team-mate Matt Halliday driving for Ferdersand-Jetstream Motorsport took two out of the three podium places after strong races at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, in round three of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Separating them was 27-year-old reigning Supercup champion Jeroen Bleekemolen (Konrad Motorsport). The two Tudor drivers, 42-year-old Patrick Huisman and 31-year-old Richard Williams, (SPS Perfomance) finished fifth and eighth, in their freshly liveried Tudor-branded, black-satin cars.

Two weeks after his double-success at Bahrain, the 27-year-old reigning Champion Jeroen Bleekemolen (Konrad Motorsport) had clearly been ready for a new challenge. Bleekemolen ran a good strategy in qualifying and was the fastest all the way through. He only needed three laps to capture his third straight pole position this season with a time of 1.49.773. But this was not enough to secure race victory in the face of an unrelenting challenge from Westbrook.

According to Westbrook he had a terrible start, but "turned this incident turned positive as the two fastest cars made contact. I left them behind and took the lead. I was able to pull out a gap." Westbrook is happy with his team's start to the season, especially with Matt Halliday making the podium this weekend, continuing "it's all looking good for us for Monaco. I have never won there, but experienced a couple of podiums. I am desperately looking for the first step of the podium in the Principality. It's something really special that I dream of achieving."

Matt Halliday commented, "What a day here _ there's nothing quite like the taste of champagne on the podium. I am still learning a lot as it is only my second race only with the team. But it is always good to finish high after an intense fight. In all that, I was not too happy with the vibrations of my car. I picked up some debris from the start incident. But at the end, I had a comfortable race in third place. I am hoping to keep the momentum for the team in Monaco. I have qualified in pole there before and I will be happy to return even if it is one of the toughest circuits."

For the Tudor drivers, it was a solid race but there is still work to be done, as Patrick Huisman explains, "I had a super start from ninth on the grid and made up four positions. In the first lap I even passed Rosina. I had to take care of the tyres though as the F1 cars and a number of support races made the track dirty. I had a hard time turning in the corners and we realised that the tyre pressure dropped on the rear and the car was sliding, which did not help the balance of the car. Don't forget that we have had no testing at all this season with the team."

Huisman continues, "we need to fix this problem as soon as possible and I hope to go testing at Nurburgring before the Monaco Grand Prix. Monaco is one of my favourite tracks. I want to fight for a podium and we should have all assets on our side to succeed."

Richard Williams also alluded to difficulties in his post-race remarks, "we had a few problems with the car set up early in the weekend. But the team managed to make big changes overnight. I could not quite maximise the preparation in qualifying and only got to tenth on the grid."

Williams had reasons to be pleased too, though, "I am happy to finish in the points today. Hard work always pays off. I had a very good start and 14 laps is short to establish the car in a race. In Bahrain I started from 10th and finished in fifth position. I was hoping to make it into the points again here and I did. It is good teamwork to be consistently in the top 10. I can't wait for the next race in Monaco. I will race in Monaco for the second time of my career. I know that lots of supporters will come and support me. It is a great feeling and I'll make sure not to disappoint them."

Round four of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place in Monaco over the weekend of 22-24 May 2009.

Over the last 25 years, Tudor and Porsche alike have worked persistently on design, technology and reliability, resulting in bold innovations and avant-garde solutions. In this constant quest for functional beauty, Tudor leads us into the vibrant world of GT racing. The launch of a new range of sport chic design watches under the exciting name of "Grantour" and Tudor's Porsche Motorsport partnership officially brings the two brands together. Both are branded with a shield; they share the same values and respect of tradition. Tudor does not simply produce watches, nor Porsche merely cars. Tudor and Porsche are both much more. Tudor is the "Official Partner" of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

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Drivers Patrick Huisman , Jeroen Bleekemolen , Richard Westbrook , Richard Williams , Matt Halliday
Teams Williams