A very wet morning greeted the Supercup drivers in Monaco. Teams left it till the last minute to decide what setup went on the car, but as the race neared, it was clear that it would be very wet. In fact, so wet that there were two safety car laps and a rolling start, rather than the normal standing start used in Supercup.
As Bernd Maylander pulled the AMG safety car off the track, the race was on, with Jeroen Bleekemolen pushing hard a few corners before the finish line, the field was strung out a bit. But Sean Edwards was glued to the back of Uwe Altzen, following his every move, with almost 0 visibility. The race was fraught at the front, with the top 4 cars covered by no more than two seconds for most of the race. Edwards kept the pressure on Altzen and finally he made a mistake into Saint Devote, hitting Damian Faulkner in the process. Edwards was then able to get a good run out of the corner and pass Altzen on the run up to Casino Square.
Bleekemolen seemed to be holding Edwards and Faulkner up, but there was no way past in Monaco, without big risks anyway. No matter what the both tried, Bleekemolen had it covered. Altzen was putting increasing pressure on Edwards for 3rd and giving him the odd tap in the process! Edwards held off the super experienced Altzen too finish an incredible 3rd place on his first racing visit to the streets of Monaco and only 1.2 second off the winner.
“That was an incredible race. It was almost impossible to see anything. I had a reasonable start, taking it easy for the first few laps and then I started to put pressure on Uwe and he eventually made a mistake. I tried everything to get past Damien, but it’s almost impossible here without significant contact, which I did not want to risk! Uwe was really pushing me hard in the last few laps, and hit me quite hard a few times, but luckily I kept it out of the wall and got a great result for myself and the team, who did a amazing job as usual with the setup of the car. I really hope we can take this momentum forward for the rest of the season.”
The next round will be in Magny Cours in mid June, but most of the Supercup field is off to a test day at Magny Cours on Tuesday, which is organized by Lechner Racing.
Sean Edwards finally got qualifying right, with 4th place on the grid, round the super hard Monaco streets! He was running second for most of the session, but a late charge by Faulkner and Altzen, saw him drop too 4th. Nevertheless, he is in a great starting position for round 5 of the Supercup and with a 90hance of rain for the race, it should be very interesting. Sean was also the highest Supercup and Monaco rookie, and hops to keep it that way in the race.
Sean commented after qualifying. “It’s really great to finally get qualifying right and be right up the front. The team did a great job on the setup and the car was handling great. I actually had food poisoning last night and felt really bad in qualifying, but somehow managed to pull a couple of laps out. The doctor has said I should be ok for the race on Sunday. I had a crash in the casino on my second set of tyres, trying to push for a top 3, but the car will be ok for the race, thanks to the efforts of the team. I really hope I can finish in the top 5 and stay out of trouble.”
His team mate who is leading the championship had a difficult qualifying session due to traffic, finishing in P7, but hopes for a better race! The two team mates will try and work together and get the best result possible for the team.