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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