Look back in history Sunday: Matt Halliday at Monaco in 2010

This weekend should have seen the Formula One circus competing on the streets of the Monaco. The race has been held annually since 1929, and is one of the must-go-to Formula One Grand Prix for avid fans. Along with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it is part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport in which the late Graham Hill the only driver to have won all three.

Back in 2010, Kiwi Matt Halliday was competing in Monaco in the Porsche Mobil 1 SuperCup Championship.

Matt Halliday at Monaco in 2010

Halliday was well known in New Zealand for two distinct reasons. Leading up to his involvement in Supercup, Halliday competed in the Porsche GT3 Challenge Cup Series in NZ between 2004 -2010, dueling with multiple Porsche championship winner Craig Baird. At that time it was known as the Baird and Halliday show.

He was also known for leading the Kiwi charge in A1GP finishing fourth in the 2005/06 series and runner up in 2006/07.

His career also included a season in Indy Lights and Champ Car as well as competing as a co-driver in the V8 Supercars endurance races with his best finish at Bathurst with Jason Bright from Brad Jones Racing, finishing fourth in 2010.

Earlier in 2010, Halliday finished a credible eighth at Monaco in Supercup after starting in 12th after a very tight qualifying session which saw the top 14 within a second of each other. With very few passing opportunities around the Monaco streets, Halliday was able to move up to eighth and then defend the position until the chequered flag. He was to finish 13th overall at the end of the season.

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits talkmotorsport.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!


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