Back to the the F1 World Championship, and to XtremeRPM, this time in Barcelona for the 5th round of the championship.
Qualifying went well for Lusitanium SR drivers, under very hard conditions, after some heavy rain troughout most of the session, and where Nuno Pinto prooved to be the best driver in this type of weather by getting Pole Position.The driver from Viana do Castelo was very happy in the end of the session and told us “I’m very happy by achieving this pole, it was a long shot and we were not hopping to get it, but I noticed I was faster in qualifying, but the hard thing was to do a clean lap with no mistaques, but fortunatelly we did it.”
Ricardo Ferreira tried during all the qualifying session to get a clean lap but did not manage to get it, and only reaching a 5th place in the grid. Hugo Silva was a nice surprise, doing 8th on the grid.
The race started with dry weather, and with Nuno Pinto leading the pack, but by the 6th lap, the rain started to come down, demanding a lot from all the drivers. Nuno Pinto managed to stay in front, and was actually the fastest driver in the wet track.
After somo problems with comunications Nuno lost concentration and did one mistaque that proved fatal, when AJ Racing driver Vladimer Mereli overtook him for the lead and maintaining that spot until the end. Ricardo Ferreira had plenty of problems with is setup for the hard condition on track, and only managed a 4th final place. Also congratulations are in order for Hugo Silva that did a very good race, finishing in 6th place overall.
With three rounds left until the end of the championship, we arrived at Helsinki for the 5th round. A tradicional city circuit, with plenty of 90º tight turns.
Once again Lusitanium SR showing the domination in this championship, with Ricardo Ferreira reaching the top place in qualify. Unfortunatelly, he had to retire in that same session due to a shoulder injury. Because of that Nuno Pinto got pole position, and went on to win both races once again. Hilário Sousa reached the lowest podium place in the first race, followed by Filipe Branco in 5th after an amazing battle with Robert Nienkemper.
The second race as we mencioned alredy, was won by Nuno Pinto, that when asked about his lead in the championship said “I maybe close to my personal objectives, but there is still a long way to go to meet the team goals, wich is win the Teams Championship”. The podium honors where left to Filipe Branco, this time in 3rd place. Hilário Sousa after some mistaques in this race only finished 6th.
Overall another sucessfull event for Lusitanium Sr drivers, that extended their lead in the teams championship with Lusitanium SR Pro, and reached 3rd place with the second team, Lusitanium SR.
This week the NLC Chronicles Trophy, brings us Adria, a medium speed track with twisty corners, and three long straights.
Again, and with no surprise, Nuno Pinto got Pole Position, but this time he was joined in the first row by another Lusitanium SR driver, Miguel Freitas. David Rego made 4th and Hilário Sousa 6th on the grid.
The first race saw some fights in the first laps, but a false start from some SRE drivers, ended early what could have been a very interesting battle for the win. In this race, wich was won by Nuno Pinto, the unlucky driver was Miguel Freitas that got stuck in the kerbs when he had secured a confortable leed from 3rd place man, and had to abandon the event. David Rego managed 4th position, just outside the podium. As for Hilário Sousa, after a promissing start he got hit in the first lap, thumbling down to 14th position. By the end of the race, a 6th overall was a good prize for this driver, that told us “I had to fight my way trough into 6th place, although we had bigger expectations for this race, the points are important for our objective.”
In the second race Lusitanium SR drivers were persued again by bad luck, with David Rego jumping the start due to some electronic problems, and Hilário Sousa that did a 180 when he was fighting for position in the first lap. Nuno Pinto had no such issues and went on to win yet again race two, and making sure Lusitanium SR Pro stayed on top of the leaderboards for the teams championship.