Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Halliday Upbeat After Dramatic Spa 24 Hour Race

MATTHEW HALLIDAY RACING - MEDIA RELEASE

Date: 29th July 2013.


Halliday Upbeat After Dramatic Spa 24 Hour Race.

American based New Zealand racing driver Matt Halliday has come away from his debut appearance in the Total 24 Hours of Spa race with an upbeat attitude despite his disappointment at not finishing the endurance classic. Held at Belgium’s Spa-Franchorchamps circuit, the race was the fourth round of the high profile Blancpain Endurance Series for GT sports cars.

Halliday and his co-drivers Nikolaus Mayr-Melnhof (Austria) and female driver Rahel Frey (Switzerland), contested their Audi R8 LMS ULTRA GT3 as part of the Belgian Audi Club Team WRT organisation against a full field of 65 cars.

With the Balance of Performance equation not working to the Audis advantage, Halliday qualified their car in 35th grid position despite his setting the 9th fastest time in night time qualifying. After making a superb start and passing several cars on the opening lap, the trio battled their way up to 14th place after seven hours. Drama then struck when Mayr-Melnhof was hit by another car necessitating a lengthy pit stop dropping the car down the field.

Another fight back ensued and soon after the half way mark, the car was up to 26th place and improving when a punctured tyre caused Halliday to leave the track on the high speed Eau Rouge corner. Unfortunately, with damage too severe to continue, the car was withdrawn from the race at that point:

“The first stint was great as I passed eight cars on the opening lap and the car had pretty good pace over a stint. However, it was a difficult race weekend for all the Audis as we all did our best but with the speed difference on the straights we were always getting swamped despite moving forward into the top 15 early on.

“Niki got hit during the night and we lost 10 laps replacing the front left corner and then at about 4:00am I had tyre failure at high speed going through Eau Rouge. I managed to scrape off a fair bit of speed and got the car back to the pits but the decision was made to retire the car” said Halliday afterwards.

However, Belgian Audi Club WRT still had something to celebrate when their No 2 Audi took 3rd place outright after the grueling 24 hours of racing. The 1000 kilometre final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series will take place at Germany’s Nurburgring circuit on the 22nd of September.

BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIES CALENDER:

Round 1 - April 14th – Monza, Italy (3 Hours)
Round 2 - June 2nd – Silverstone, Great Britain (3 Hours)
Round 3 - June 30th – Paul Ricard, France (3 Hours)
Round 4 - July 27th & 28th – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (24 Hours)
Round 5 - September 22nd - Nürburgring, Germany (1000 km)


END.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news