Sunday, June 30, 2013

Portuguese GT: Victory for Team Novadriver at Boavista

By Johan Laubscher 

The Supercars Portugal Series (Portuguese GT Championship) held round three at Boavista this weekend. Team Novadriver was present with their two-car Audi R8 LMS ultra team. 

Round three of the Portuguese series was held alongside round two of the Supercars International Series. The two cars from Team Novadriver have performed well so far in 2013. The #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra was driven by Cesar Campanico, Carlos Vieira and Mikko Eskelinen. The second car was the #10 driven by João Figueiredo, João Ramos and Manuel Gião.

They performed well during the practice sessions, consistently placing within the front runners. During qualifying the top placed Audi was on the front row, with the #1 achieving second place, just 0.024 seconds behind the pole sitting Porsche. Their teammates in the #10 placed fourth.

The race itself saw another great performance from Team Novadriver as they moved forward during the race. The #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra squad bettered their second place starting position by coming home to win yet another event. Their teammates maintained their positions and finished in fourth.

It was indeed another successful weekend for Team Novadriver in Portugal. The next round of the Supercars Portugal Series will take place at Portimao in August.   

The results from the Portuguese GT weekend can be seen HERE.

Update: Following the race a number of time penalties were given to various competitors. The #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra received a thirty second penalty due to an irregularity regarding the pit-stop window. The penalty has luckily not affected the outcome, as the #1 had more than a ninety second gap at the finish, thus they are still classified as the race victors. A thirty second penalty was also given to the third placed finisher, thus promoting the second Novadriver Audi into third position, after they had originally finished in fourth.

Photo credit: Team Novadriver