Reigning Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup champion Rene Rast won around the streets of Monte Carlo for the second year running in a commanding lights-to-flag victory.
The win ignited Rast's title defence after a slow start that saw the Veltins Lechner Racing driver finish off the podium in the opening races of the season at Istanbul and Barcelona.
Starting from pole position, Rast eased away from Konrad Motorsport driver Nick Tandy to win by four seconds over the Briton. His victory propels him to third in the standings.
“What a great race,” said Rast afterwards. “The boys in my team put a fabulous car on the track for me today. Thanks guys. I was able to pull away in the first laps and drove consistently fast times right to the flag. It feels really good to climb to the top of the podium again. We can keep doing this. Now we'll continue the hard work and I'm already looking forward to the race on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife.”
Tandy's second place was his third from as many races in 2011, a result that gave him the championship lead.
“Second place and leader of the championship – not bad,” said Tandy. “As far as I'm concerned I can be second at every race as long as I can take home the title at the end. This is the first time I've led the series. Rene drove a great race, unbelievably precise, just millimetres away from the crash barriers. It was impressive. We were both faster than the rest today and that makes me optimistic.”
Barcelona race winner and Monaco resident Sean Edwards finished in third place for Team Abu Dhabi by tolimit. The podium result was not enough for the Briton to keep his standings lead though – he drops to second place, two points behind Tandy.
“A good start is decisive in Monaco,” said Edwards. “I got away well, but then I shifted to second gear too early and lost contact with the others. Still, third in Monaco is a great result. Rene was much quicker than all of us. I could match Nick's times but he was too far ahead for me to have any real chance at second place.”
Edwards' teammate Jeroen Bleekemolen finished a quiet fourth. Kuba Giermaziak started third on the grid for the Verva Racing Team but struggled for traction at the apex of Ste Devote on the opening lap and slipped to fifth behind the Abu Dhabi pairing. The Pole was then pursued by Sebastiaan Bleekemolen and Norbert Siedler for the duration of the race but their positions remained the same until the finish.
Alessandro Zampedri finished eighth to score his first top ten result of the season, with Robert Lukas and the returning Matthew Halliday rounding out the top ten.
A tussle between Kevin Estre and Stefan Rosina going up the hill out of Ste Devote at the start of the second lap would put both out of the race with damage.
Round four of the Supercup season takes place on 25th June as part of the Porsche Carrera World Cup at the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife.