STARTING AT THE PODIUM
Good feelings at the first round d of the Porsche Sprint Challenge Iberica during a thrilling weekend at thee Autodromo do Algarve at Portimao
We we’re announcing it on our social media the last weeks and finally it arrived: the new
Porsche Sprint Challenge Iberica has started with its first two races at the Autodromo do Algarve, on a mediatic event as support for the FIA WEC 6H of Portimao. As we unveiled some days ago, for this new Porsche Cup challenge we have assembled a pair of drivers to participate on different classes of the competition:
- CHRIS HILLABY on the class Gentleman Driver (GD)
- JORGE RAMÍREZ on the class AM
With different backgrounds both drivers have joined our team with energy and after this first racing weekend they have shown good performances.
Due to an impressive crash during practise sessions the competition was on all the media, after driver Alex Areia’s car lost its braked and flew into grandstands. Fortunately there was only car damage and there was no public on that moment, otherwise there would have been a huge tragedy. But beyond this incident, the action was on track and our team did a really good performance.
Chris Hillaby began the first Practice session with strong performance by finishing P8 overall and P1 of his class GD. At the FP2 he was faster and climbed into the P5 overall, again as P1 of its class. When the first qualifying session came the driver was focused on keeping its pace and be as fast as the previous sessions, but contenders where also at high level and he finally classified P11 overall and P2 on GD.
Jorge Ramírez was also at the top, finishing P11 on the FP1 overall and P3 of the AM class. On the FP2 he lost some pace and dropped into P12 overall and P4 of the AM. At the first Qualifying session he almost repeated results by finishing P11 overall and P4 on AM.
RACE 1 wasn’t as expected for both RGB drivers: Hillaby was hit on the back and lost some positions, while Jorge Ramírez had two spins which made him lose some times, finishing Hillaby on P17 overall and P4 of the GD class, while Jorge Ramírez was P11 and P4 at AM.
RACE 2 was the reward for a hard team work weekend, and we’re very proud of our team’s engineers, mechanics and drivers: Chris Hillaby made this time a perfect race and got to the highest level of the podium on his class, finishing P11 overall and P1 st of the Gentleman Driver’s class. Jorge Ramírez also improve his marks by finishing P9 overall in front of his team mate and P4 of the AMs.
As the unique Spanish team of the competition RGB Racing Team came to this first round with ambition and hype and we went back home satisfied with our results, convinced of returning stronger on the next Spanish round at Motorland (Aragón). Stay tuned on our social media, you’ll find updates on our Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts.
Soon we’ll be BACK ON TRACK