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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