PATRICK HUISMAN 'MAN OF THE MATCH' IN MONACO MONACO, MAY 25 2008 - Patrick Huisman turned Sunday's fifth round of the 2008 Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup in Monaco into an 'one man show', by making four successful and memorable overtaking manoeuvres...
PATRICK HUISMAN 'MAN OF THE MATCH' IN MONACO
MONACO, MAY 25 2008 - Patrick Huisman turned Sunday's fifth round of the 2008 Mobil 1 Porsche Supercup in Monaco into an 'one man show', by making four successful and memorable overtaking manoeuvres at an extreme wet and slippery track. The hard charging IRWIN Racing driver climbed up from tenth on the grid to sixth at the finish and scored ten well-deserved points which puts him in ninth position in the driver standings now.
FREE PRACTISE + QUALIFYING
After suffering a serious shunt in Turkey two weeks ago, Huisman got the possession of a brand new Porsche 911 GT3 chassis for this weekends Monaco Grand Prix. A bit of a 'blessing in disguise', as the four times champion somehow just didn't manage to get the best out of his previous car in the opening four rounds of this year.
In his new car, Huisman immediately felt at ease on from the start of the free practise session on Thursday afternoon in which he eventually set the ninth fastest time. In qualifying, Huisman aimed for a top four starting position, but a miscommunication with his engineer Patrick de Groot set him back a little bit. As a late call to change the settings of the roll bar didn't bring the desired result, Huisman had to settle for tenth position instead.
While it rained cats and dogs on race day, Patrick Huisman was eager to shine this Sunday morning. Having started from the fifth starting row behind the safety car, Huisman initially was a bit worried about the track conditions in the first few laps. With extremely little grip and almost zero visibility, the Dutch ace struggled to find a good rhythm in the opening three laps, but soon recovered well. During the 15-lap race, Huisman charged the drivers ahead of him really hard and made four memorable and successful overtaking manoeuvres in order to climb up to sixth position at the finish. As it was considered impossible to overtake other drivers in Monaco on a wet track, Huisman proved all criticasters wrong and drove his best race of the season to date!
PATRICK HUISMAN: "I'm really happy with my race today and the progress we made over the weekend. It seems our problems have disappeared with the introduction of our new car, which is great news. It was good to see all the happy faces of our crew after the race finished. I feel that I seriously could have contested for a podium finish or maybe even a race win if the race would have lasted a bit longer or if I had qualified a bit higher up. At some point of the race I was even going almost two seconds a lap quicker than Jeroen Bleekemolen, the eventual winner. "