Spanish GTs Estoril – Race Reports – June 27
Race 1 saw a ‘mega’ start from the Mello Breyners’
Porsche 911 GT2. However, the Portuguese Porsche didn’t survive
for long out front, because the Marcos LM 600s of Marcos Racing
International. and Meycom were too strong at Estoril.
was a bad race for Darro Motor Sport’s SEAT Toledo GT: The
Spanish machine had a spin and lost a lot of time, on the third
lap. There were brake troubles for the champion car.
Cor Euser wasn't
at the top of the lap charts for long: Angel Burgueno was the fastest
guy on the car and claimed first place on the fourth lap. However,
luck deserted the Jarama-based team, the Marcos suffering mechanical
troubles and it lost one lap.
After the pit-stops,
the Marcos Racing LM 600 was out front, ahead of Shanun Balfe Motorsport’s
Mosler, the Mello Breyners’ Porsche and the ASM Team’s
Porsche 911 GT3-RS. But that wasn’t how it stayed to the finish.
The leading Marcos was
penalized 20 seconds for an unfair pit stop. The Mello Breyner Porsche
‘lost’ its gearbox and British Mosler had a small incident
with the Saturn SEAT Toledo GT at the end of the main straight…..
so…Miguel Pais do Amaral and Pedro Couceiro took their first
win in GT Racing, for ASM.
In the GTB category,
Antonio Cutillas and Ricardo García Galiano (Ferrari 360
Modena Challenge) took the win. The youngest line-up inherited the
victory because Manel Cerqueda and Luis Pérez Sala (Ferrari
360 Modena Challenge) received a 30 second penalty.
The slow Ángel
Banus Audi TT won GTC category.
Miguel Ángel de Castro made a good start and led until the
stops: however, the black Marcos lost the leadership in the pits
to Marcos Racing International’s Cor Euser, who drove a fantastic
second stint and gave his team another victory in Spain.
There were many troubles
for Porsche front running crews, although Jesus Diez Vilarroel car
finished in third behind the two LM 600s. There were gearbox troubles
for the Mello Breyners, the ASM Team and Motor Competicion.
Mosler MT900R was unlucky again. Victor Fernandez hit Shaun Balfe’s
car when the American car was just close enough to steal the podium
position from the Spanish Porsche. Shaun Balfe had taken over in
fifth, but drove hard to make up places, despite a slight brake
Manel Cerqueda and Luis
Pérez Sala lost the first race of the day but they had their
revenge in the second.
The orange Audi TT of
Ángel Banus won the GTC category again. This car is ugly
and slow, but its reliability is helping it a lot.
1 Amaral/Couceiro Porsche 996 GT3 RS 24 Voltas
2 Euser/Dongen Marcos Mantara LM 600 a s
3 Balfe/Taylor Mosler MT900R a 5,133s
4 Villalba/Gutierrez Porsche 996 GT3 RS a 6,208s
5 Villarroel/Fernandez Porsche 911 GT2 a 19,550s
6 Nogueira Porsche 911 GT2 a 1m00,084s
7 Manuel M. Breyner/Pedro M. Breyner Porsche 911 GT2 a 1m06,793s
1 Euser/Dongen Marcos Mantara LM 600 24 voltas
2 de Castro/Burgueño Marcos Mantara LM 600 a 8,495s
3 Villarroel/Fernandez Porsche 911 GT2 a 30,792s
4 Balfe/Taylor Mosler MT900R a 41,265s
5 Amaral/Couceiro Porsche 996 GT3 RS a 45,473s
6 Nogueira Porsche 911 GT2 a 1m02,624s
7 Bastos/Névoa Ferrari F360 Modena N/GT a 1m37,202s.