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.