June 03, 2008
Published on tags: Superleague
Full race results: HERE.

A battle. This is how the Monaco Grand Prix, in a rain-soaked Montecarlo must have looked like. A battle with many illustrious casualties. But for Mal McKee, the Monaco GP has been a date with destiny, and the highest point of his racing career.

The Belfast driver drove a steady race to collect his first ever VWC victory in treacherous conditions, collecting an amazing 7 pit-stops (possibly a new record for a race winner) and dodging barriers that never looked so close as today. McKee, who started his career with BA Racing in 2002, had the advantage of starting from Pole Position vanished by a brilliant Woods offensive, which brought Martijn Vosselman and then Mark Wicks in P1. Wicks were to stay in the position until lap 69, when a pit stop mistake forced him out of the competition in a moment where victory seemed so close for the Cornish driver.

This does not make McKee's and Synergetic's first victory any less important: the Northern Irish driver crowned with a victory a solid performance that saw him being the fastest man on the track in 33 occasions, a feat even more remarkable due to the early development stage of the Synergetic car.

As McKee received his winner's trophy from the hands of His Most Serene Highness Prince Albert, another driver looked a happy man: William Ponissi, starting from the pit-lane, made the best of the appalling situation developing on the track and managed to steer out of trouble to finish in P2, his first ever podium. Third position went to Mark Wicks, who despite his crew problems kept on the track long enough to be classified. All in all, a lovely weekend for the league's veterans, with the three drivers on the podium all having started their VWC career in 2002.

The last driver to be on the receiving end of points was Laurentiu Albu: in a very complicated race for the Romanian ace, Belami's lead driver was cut short by a wide at Ste Devote. He was still classified 4th, and awarded 5 points.

The situation in both Championships get even closer after the Monaco weekend. In the Drivers' Championship, Wicks increased to 7 points his lead to the second position, now jointly occupied by McKee and Albu. The two drivers have showed in the last few events that they can be a fair match to Wicks, and it'll be very interesting to see how the title fight will evolve in the next races. In the Constructors' Championship, Woods Racing saw his lead on Nordsjoen decrease to just 2 points, while the gap between the table toppers and third placed Synergetic and Belami grew to 7 points.

The GPVWC circus will return in one week time for the Canadian Grand Prix. Scott Whiteman will return to action, and some important improvements will be added to enhance the drivers' experience. Keep tuned with us, as at the GPVWC, it's time to enjoy!