VEC: Ramada Motorsport Mantém 2ª Posição em GTE Após Abandonar em Sebring

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A Ramada Motorsport não sai de Sebring com boas recordações, presente na antepenúltima etapa do Virtual Endurance Championship, competição levada a cabo pelo SimRacing.Club no simulador rFactor 2. Inserida na classe GTE da Divisão 2 deste campeonato, a equipa totalmente portuguesa preparou-se bem para esta etapa, contando com Pedro Ramada, Carlos Basto e Leandro Mendes, a dividirem entre si o volante do Porsche 911 RSR GTE para as nove horas de corrida.

No Qualifying, Leandro Mendes colocou o Porsche com as cores da Simétik na 8ª posição da classe, sendo ainda da sua responsabilidade a primeira hora de corrida, após a qual ‘passou o testemunho’ a Pedro Ramada.

Em virtude de um problema técnico com o servidor utilizado pelo SimRacing.Club para este evento, foi necessário mostrar a bandeira vermelha ainda no decorrer do primeiro terço de corrida, forçando os participantes a um reinício de prova, com esta operação a não correr da melhor forma, colocando vários carros das três classes presentes (LMHC, LMP2 e GTE) em posições da grelha de partida não coincidentes com as que eram ocupadas aquando da interrupção. A Ramada Motorsport recomeçou a prova ainda com Pedro Ramada ao volante, mas acabou vítima de um ‘bug’ no servidor que fez com que o Porsche tivesse contacto com o Pace Car na saída de uma paragem de rotina na boxe.

Mais tarde e já dentro do último terço de corrida, o Porsche da equipa portuguesa foi tocado por um McLaren da classe LMHC (foto em cima), sendo projetado violentamente contra a barreira de pneus, o que causou sérios danos na suspensão dianteira esquerda e forçou a uma longa paragem na boxe, facto que fez com que se optasse pela desistência. Ainda assim, a Ramada Motorsport mantém a segunda posição na classe GTE, a duas etapas da conclusão do campeonato.

“Esta foi uma prova para esquecer, tanto em termos competitivos como no que diz respeito à organização do evento”, disse Pedro Ramada, piloto e proprietário da Ramada Motorsport. “A prova estava a correr-nos bem e tudo parecia encaminhar-se para um evento em que poderíamos garantir um pódio, reforçando a nossa atual segunda posição no campeonato. No entanto, primeiro veio o problema no servidor que afetou todas as equipas, umas mais que outras, ao que se seguiram alguns bugs, que no nosso caso fizeram com que tivéssemos um contacto com p Pace Car, na saída de uma paragem na boxe. O carro ficou algo desalinhado mas em condições de prosseguir. Mais tarde, tornámos a ser vítimas da imbecilidade que é lugar comum na prestação dos pilotos da classe LMHC. Fomos empurrados para fora de pista por um piloto que mal sabe guiar o McLaren de LMHC e que saiu de pista e voltou sem respeito pela nossa linha de trajetória, literalmente empurrando-nos para fora. Embatemos forte na barreira de pneus e fomos obrigados a uma paragem que teria perto de 500 segundos para reparações. A nossa corrida já estava destruída e não seria possível garantir qualquer ponto, pelo que optámos por abandonar. Esperemos agora que na próxima etapa a sorte esteja do nosso lado.”

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VEC: Ramada Motorsport Consolidates 2nd Position in GTE After 8 Hours of Sao Paulo

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Ramada Motorsport finished fourth in the GTE class in the 8 Hours of Sao Paulo, round five of the Virtual Endurance Championship (VEC), a series hosted by SimRacing.Club on rFactor 2. Competing in Division 2 of the three that make this one of the most contested sim racing series in the world, the portuguese outfit confirmed their status as one of the favourites to top positions in the standings.

For this round of the championship, Pedro Ramada, Rui Reis and Carlos Basto shared driving duties behind the wheel of the #252 Porsche 911 RSR. Rui Reis was in charge of driving the car during Qualifying and the first stint. In the chrono session, he delivered his best lap in 1m29.612s, placing the Ramada Motorsport car in 12th, although only eight tenths off the pole setter.

In the race, all the three drivers were very consistent, especially Pedro Ramada, whose pace was key for the team to be the most effective climbing up in the standings, gaining 13 positions throughout the eight hours. It was in the final lap that Pedro Ramada was able to overtake the #277 Scuderia Bollesnegro Corvette C7.R driven by Rogier de Klein/Bas Zwartenbol, to complete the race in the top four. An excellent result considering that the team lost 110s in the pits, repairing the Porsche from an incident brought to them by an opponent.

“We had to work a lot to get a top four finish after this one, which considering all that happened to our car, feels really like a win”, said Pedro Ramada. “We struggled throughout the race, I mean we knew this round would be tough, the track is very technical and we would have troubles with so many slow corners, knowing we had two different classes with a lot of power and loaded with reckless drivers. Even so, throughout the race we were able to remain ‘in the game’ and always climbing positions, till the chequered flag. We were very consistent today”.

After this round of the championship, ahead of the races to be held at Sebring, Portland and Le Mans, Ramada Motorsport consolidated themselves second in the GTE standings, with 67 points, comfortable from the 51 points of GHM Motorsport, although far from the dominant World Of Sim Racing JR, leaders with 100 points.

“Those who think less of the drivers and teams in the GTE class of Division 2 are completely wrong, there are roughly 60% of them that could easily be making great results in the top division”, commented Ramada. “Our plan is to always deliver top results till the end of the year, and we will always be trying to win races. At the same time, we hope we can continue very consistent, hoping that can help us remain among the front runners in our class”.

The next round of the Virtual Endurance Championship will be the 12 Hours of Sebring, next 7th March.

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VEC: Atlantic Motorsport Finishes Second in GTE at Sao Paulo

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Atlantic Motorsport raced last Saturday the 8 Hours of São Paulo, Round 5 of the Virtual Endurance Championship (VEC), hosted by SimRacing.Club on rFactor 2. Competing in Division 2 of this championship, the #291 Atlantic Motorsport Porsche 911 RSR was driven by brazilians, Alexandre Paumgartten and Lucas Dittrich, finishing 2nd in the GTE class.

The two brazilian drivers had the difficult task of sharing the wheel of the Porsche 911 RSR from the GTE class during the intense eight hours of the race, although at least one more driver, Fabricio Matheussi, was also expected in the lineup. Paumgartten and Dittrich achieved what was so far the team’s best performance in VEC, this season.

Alexandre von Paumgartten was in charge of driving the Atlantic Motorsport Porsche in Qualifying and for the first two hours of the race. In ‘Quali’, Paumgartten finished 6th fastest, with his best lap in 1m29.087 (0.131s of the GTE pole setter). “It’s pretty tough out there, I think I drove a very good lap and am only 6th, wow these guys in GTE are so competitive”, said the brazilian.

In the race, Paumgartten was consistent, just like his team mate Lucas Dittrich, both being able to climb up the standings. The #291 Porsche 911 RSR led the race several times, being in fact the only real competitor of the class winners, the #271 Corvette C7.R of World Of Sim Racing Jr, driven by Saul Sanchez and Alvaro Martinez. In the end, Alexandre Paumgartten and Lucas Dittrich finished close to one lap behind the class winners, and 25 seconds comfortable from the #266 TCS OPff Racing Aston Martin Vantage, driven by Donat Prodan/Pauli Ahonen.

“It’s very hard for just two drivers in an 8-hour race, but we were in the ‘same shoes’ as the two other teams on the podium”, said Alexandre Paumgartten in the end. “Our main issue in this race were the ‘crazy brainless’ LMHC drivers, although there was also some nonsense by some of the LMP2 cars, that seem to race like if there were no GTE’s on track, never respecting our lines. The race in GT3 was fantastic and our car was spot on, so pretty happy for this result.”

Lucas Dittrich said, “This time almost everything worked in our performance, although we were aiming for a win in this track, so special for us. The car was perfect and the race was very much fun. We had no issues, except for some heavy contact from a GTE car entering the final 30 minutes of the race, which could have taken us off a podium. After this incident, we had to focus in finishing the race, so our pace dropped quite a bit.”

Team Manager, Jorge Cabrita said, “It’s our first podium this season and it feels great to get it with the Brazilians in their home track. We are an international outfit and VEC has been one of our top priorities, but so far we hadn’t been delivering in terms of results, mostly because of technical issues, such as internet connections. A podium finish suits our goals as a team and is a fair award to the talent of Alexandre Paumgartten and Lucas Dittrich, two extraordinary drivers we are lucky to have with us. Thank you to our sponsors, especially Lisaccount for believing in us.”

The next round of the Virtual Endurance Championship (VEC) is scheduled for 7 March, the 12 Hours of Sebring.

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Ramada Motorsport Garante Pódio nas 24 Horas de Daytona (iRacing)

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A Ramada Motorsport esteve presente no passado fim de semana no primeiro grande evento de endurance do ano, realizado no simulador iRacing. As 24 Horas de Daytona, em simulador, tiveram lugar exatamanente uma semana antes da prova que abre na realidade a temporada do IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Da versão virtual das 24 Horas de Daytona, para carros das classe Daytona Prototype, GTLM (GTE) e GTD (GT3), a Ramada Motorsport trouxe um pódio, colocando o Ford GT na 3ª posição dos GTLM, no split 9 do evento.

Aos comandos do #3 Ramada Motorsport Ford GT estiveram quatro pilotos portugueses: Pedro Ramada, Nuno Pinto, Rui Reis e Carlos Basto. No quarteto lusitano, destaque para Nuno Pinto, que recentemente deixou de resistir aos apelos dos seus companheiros de equipa para se juntar à estrutura, especificamente para competir no iRacing. “O simulador e as sensações nos carros ainda são um pouco estranhas para mim, mas aos poucos vou-me adaptando”, confessou o piloto virtual de Viana do Castelo.

Os quiatro pilotos foram bastante consistentes em corrida, saindo do top 10 no arranque e paulatinamente ganhando lugares em pista. Sem problemas de maior, exceto um incidente quando Nuno Pinto foi abalroado por um outro competidor da classe GTLM, a equipa acabou por garantir o pódio com alguma naturalidade.

“Estou super satisfeito com este resultado nas 24 Horas de Daytona”, disse Pedro Ramada. “Preparámo-nos bem e o nosso ‘split’, apesar de ser o nove, era super competitivo. É sempre difícil encarar uma prova de endurance, mas o sentimento é sempre muito bom quando a conseguimos terminar. A nossa equipa não está envolvida em muitas competições, mas somos muito ativos no rFactor 2 e iRacing e os campeonatos e corridas de endurance são a ‘nossa praia’. Estamos todos de parabéns, quatro pilotos portugueses que vão dando enorme consistência à evolução da Ramada Motorsport. Parabéns também ao iRacing pela enorme qualidade do evento.”

Texto: Jorge Cabrita – Screens: OnWheelsTV

Ramada Motorsport Gets Top Five at Imola

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Ramada Motorsport finished fifth of the GTE class in Round 4 of the Virtual Endurance Championship (Division 2) on rFactor 2. The team raced the 4 Hours of Imola, with the Porsche 911 RSR handed to Leandro Mendes and Rui Reis. For this round of the championship, team owner and driver, Pedro Ramada, was experiencing a new role in the team, that of team manager.

“I am proud to be creating my team from the ground with new drivers and this was the right moment to see them racing on their own”.

Leandro Mendes was in charge of driving both in Qualifying and the first two-hour stint, as stated by the championship rules. Finishing 9th in the GTE class, Leandro Mendes was strong in the first part of his stint, progressively gaining positions in the race. However, as the race developed, he started struggling with the setup, which was strangely perofrming differently as the track was getting more and more rubber. As a result of some loss performance in the car stability, Leandro Mendes did cut the track four times.

For the second half of the race, Rui Reis took the wheel and, just like Leandro did, he opted for medium tyres in the Porsche, playing a fuel and tyre management strategy that would allow the team to double stint.

Continuing to perform on track, taking advantage of a race strategy, Ramada Motorsport was strong and aiming for a top two. But Rui Reis was unfortunate, cutting the track and, as the rules state, cut track number five means a drivethrough. As a consequence, what could have been a top two result, was in the end fifth of the GTE class. Even so, an excellent operation for the team, allowing Ramada Motorsport to sit 2nd in the GTE championship standings, 20 points behind World of Sim Racing Júnior, and four ponts ahead of GHM Motorsport.

“Well, it´s a bit of a bitter sweet taste, since on the one hand these two guys had the first big test together and they did perform pretty good”, said team owner, Pedro Ramada. “On the other hand though, for some reason the car was not behaving as we think it should and we did test thoroughly for this race, previewing almost everything. Sometimes it was not possible to drive the car in perfect conditions, the LMHC guys continue being a problem in the championship and we could not avoid the number of cut tracks which result in a drivethrough. In the end, that was our enemy for a podium finish, more specifically a top two. So, not that happy with the result, but proud of my drivers.”

The next round of the Virtual Endurance Championship on rFactor 2 is scheduled to be the 8 Hours of São Paulo, on February 5th.

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Nightmare in VEC Continues for Atlantic Motorsport

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Atlantic Motorsport raced last weekend the 8 Hours of the Nürburgring, round three in the Division 2 of the Virtual Endurance Championship (VEC), on rFactor 2. For this race, brazilian drivers Alexandre Paumgarttem and Lucas Dittrich were behind the wheel of the #291 Lisaccount Porsche 911 RSR.

Alexandre Paumgarttem was in charge of driving the Porsche in Qualifying, finishing 11th in the GTE class, with the best lap in 2m06.088s, around 1.3s slower than the pole. He also started the race for the first 2-hour stint, where he smoothly progessed in the standings. The race was becoming promising to the team, which struggled to find a good setup for qualifying but had better hopes for the 8-hour competition, due to the strategy of saving tyres and fuel.

Already running fourth in class, but struggling using wet tyres on a drying track, the team opted to pit, dropping down to 11th. Then, Paumgarttem started recovering positions, when he was hit in the rear by an LMHC car for the first time. Hit in the rear, Paumgatterm couldn’t avoid slamming the wall, with damage in the front. Although damaged, the car was drivable, so the team opted to remain on track and, again, started recovering.

Later, still with Alexandre Paumgarttem driving the car, there was again contact, this time with a GTE car that made him spin. This happened before the driver change, but again, the team dropped in the standings.

Lucas Dittrich picked the wheel of the #291 Porsche for the next two hours and, 20 minutes after he started, suffered severe contact from a backmarker from the GTE class. With serious damage in the Porsche, he had to pit and repair, which costed the team 160 seconds. He dropped to last, having to recover once again. Till the end of the race, there were more issues with LMHC cars on track and, with more than two hours till the end, when Lucas Dittrich was again recovering positions and aiming for a top 10 in class, a connection loss forced the team to retire from the race.

“First of all, I want to congratulate Alexandre Paugarttem and Lucas Dittrich for their incredible effort, just the two of them for the entire race”, said team manager and driver, Jorge Cabrita. “We are four drivers in the team, but although this race would be the first for our new member, Fabricio Matheussi, he had serious health issues with a relative and was forced to follow him in treatment. I also was not available to return racing in this round, so the two of them had to stay tremendous amounts of time behind the wheel. Unfortunately, this was another race with bad driving on track, makes me wonder why isn’t there a criterium, such as some sort of super-license that drivers would need to get prior to be allowed to race the LMHC cars. However, our team was also damaged by incredibly poor driving from some GTE class racers, which also makes me wonder why the hell do people need to race the Academy class to get a license, and then with it act like complete morons. This is not at all a cheap series, we have put a lot of effort in this competition and then it’s frustrating the way some drivers are just brainless on track“.

Atlantic Motorsport owner, Mário Rocha said, “Our team is one of some that race VEC since the beginning. Nowadays VEC is a serious investment for teams and drivers. There’s the current fact that we all pay the same to register, both teams and drivers, but then apparently only the ones in Division 1 have special treatment. We all paid the same, but in our division , we have no broadcasts, no prize money also. That is not nice, but gets even worse when the level of racing is not, in my opinion, according to VEC standards. Also, it is strange the choice criterium for divisions, since our team and others in our division should be in Division 1, where we can find some teams that shouldn’t join the championship and immediately get access to the top division. We are very unhappy with how the championship is currently run and unless things change, this will be our last season in VEC”.

The Virtual Endurance Championship (VEC) races again in the 11th January, with the 4 Hours of Imola.

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Ramada Motorsport On the Podium at Nürburgring

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Ramada Motorsport had another solid performance in the GTE class of Division 2 in the Virtual Endurance Championship (VEC) visit to the Nürburgring (rFactor 2). Arriving to the third round of the series as class leader, the portuguese outfit once again showed the level of competitiveness of its four drivers, delivering a solid performance throughout the eight-hour race.

The team started finishing sixth in Qualifying, with Rui Reis behind the wheel of the Porsche 911 RSR, in a rainy session. With the rain remaining present when the race started, it was up to Rui Reis to complete the first stint, as rules state that the driver in charge of Qualifying also starts the race. As the rain stopped, lap times started to improve, although the track remained wet.

The team gambled when, 42 minutes into the race, they decided to switch to slick tyres. Their strategy was a lot about saving fuel to later in the race be able, if needed, to make an extra stop, without jeopardizing a good result.

Rui Reis completed his 2-hour stint with no issues, except a spin, handing the car in fourth place to Leandro Mendes, who also spun once and drove the exact same time on track, before delivering the Porsche in top three to the team boss, Pedro Ramada.

The owner of Ramada Motorsport was consistent on track, also spun once, but just like his previous team mates, never lost significant time when that happened. Still in third, he handed the red and grey Porsche to Carlos Basto, who was in charge of bringing the car ‘home’ hopefully on the podium.

And, has expected, Carlos Basto delivered a solid performance behind the wheel of the 911 RSR, never spinning and confirming a top three in class in the third round of this very competitive championship. Obviously, in the end of the race, Pedro Ramada was a very happy man.

“My team once again showed how the four drivers are working so well in terms of pace”

“I am really proud of the guys, they continue delivering solid performances race after race”, said Pedro Ramada in the end. “This a new team, and in the beggining of the season, having three young drivers costed us a presence in Division 1 of the championship. But I never backed down in my decision, of building a solid, fast and consistent team for the future. That has been paying off round after round and I can honestly say that we are definitely fighting for the championship. My team once again showed how the four drivers are working so well in terms of pace”.

“Handling traffic was difficult in this race and there were a lot of drivers in the McLaren Senna cars making stupid moves”

“With this race being the first with the rain as another factor for us to deal with, working in traffic would be a strong challenge to the team. Fortunately, all the four drivers were very consistent in that matter. However, handling traffic was difficult in this race and there were a lot of drivers in the McLaren Senna cars making stupid moves. There were a lot of teams with their races destroyed because of drivers in those cars”.

The Virtual Endurance Championship (VEC) races again in the 11th January, with the 4 Hours of Imola.

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Atlantic Motorsport Unfortunate in VEC at Sepang (rFactor 2)

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The 2nd round of the Virtual Endurance Championship (Division 2), last Saturday at Sepang (rFactor 2) was painful for Atlantic Motorsport. With Alexandre Paumgarttem and Lucas Dittrich sharing driving duties in the #291 Porsche 911 RSR, the team started the 6-hour race having to serve a drive through penalty, issued concerning Round 1 of the championship (Silverstone).

Alexandre Paumgarttem drove the Porsche for the first two hours, and the Brazilian consistently climbed in the standings, handing the car to his team mate and countryman well within the top six in GTE. Lucas Dittrich was also fast driving the Porsche, but 30 minutes after he started his stint, the Brazilian suffered severe contact from an LMHC car that performed a ‘dive bomb’ move to overtake. With the car seriously damaged, Dittrich opted to stay on track and try to perform as best as possible till his scheduled pit stop for fuel. When he pitted, also completed a 50 second repair time. The car was not completely fixed and Lucas could not perform a good second stint. For the final two hours, Alexandre Paumgarttem drove a very difficult car and ended up being involved in another accident, with a GTE and an LMP2. The team finished 17th in class.

“Well, it’s really frustrating when the team works hard to prepare a race, then performs really well, to see that destroyed by the stupid moves from prototype drivers that continue being allowed to race with no respect for the GTE cars” , said team manager Jorge Cabrita. “Then, we also made a mistake towards the end of the race, but that’s when we are trying to perform miracles after seeing our race destroyed.”

The next round of the Virtual Endurance Championship (VEC), hosted by SimRacing.Club on rFactor 2, is scheduled for 14 December, at the Nürburgring.

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Ramada Motorsport Finishes Fourth (GTE) in VEC at Sepang (rFactor 2)

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Ramada Motorsport was spot on in Round 2 of the VEC season 12, last Saturday at Sepang, on rFactor 2. The fully portuguese outfit, started this round finishing 9th in Qualifying, with Carlos Basto behind the wheel of the Porsche 911 RSR.

“I could not be more proud of this totally portuguese team”, said Pedro Ramada

Consistent on track, Pedro Ramada started climbing in the standings, although he also spun once, handing the car in sixth to Rui Reis, in charge of driving duties in the #252 Porsche for the final two hours.  Rui Reis’s stint was also fast and consistent, allowing the team to finish fourth in GTE.

“I am very happy for this result, it shows how all the drivers are working in their consistency”, said Pedro Ramada in the end. “This result will continue boosting our mindset to work for even better performances throughout the season.”

The next round of the Virtual Endurance Championship (VEC), hosted by SimRacing.Club on rFactor 2, is scheduled for 14 December, at the Nürburgring.

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