The SEAT Toledo GT was the star at the third Spanish GT Championship meet. SEAT took the pole position and two victories, and Miguel Ángel de Castro and Balba González confirmed their winning form at the championship.
The Darro Motor Racing team, with technical support by SEAT Sport, lined up two Toledo GT units for the Portuguese event, driven by Miguel Ángel de Castro / Balba González and Jordi Gené / Ginés Vivancos. From the pole position in the opening race, Gené and Vivancos set a fast pace and won the race without a hitch. The opening race resulted in a one-two victory for the Toledo GT; de Castro and González in the second unit did not take as many chances.
Things were quite different for both cars in the second race. Gené and Vivancos were eliminated when another car hit Vivancos as he was overtaking, sending him off the track. Their withdrawal was inevitable, while de Castro and Balba González dominated the rest of the race with no problems. They set a fast pace at the beginning in order to make up for lost time in the boxes, ending in a brilliant victory and strengthening their lead in the general classification.
Balba González: “The car ran very well in both races, and we reached our objective despite the statutory box stop. We did the change-overs without any problem and paid special attention to the car and the tyres in the final laps of both races, making us feel even more championship leaders after Estoril. That was our objective, so we are all very happy”.
Jordi Gené: “It was a satisfying weekend for me for several reasons. For my debut with the Toledo GT, for getting the pole position and also for the win. The first race was perfect, for the race itself and for the car’s performance. It was too bad that Ginés Vivancos had to withdraw from the second race after an unfortunate overtaking. The final outcome at Estoril was really good and I’m convinced the car has great potential”.
Classification 1st Race
1 Vivancos – Gené (SEAT Toledo GT) 43.44.700
2 De Castro – Camino (SEAT Toledo GT) 43.22.780
3 Villarroel – Fernández (Porsche) 43.22.922
4 Goiburu – Costa (Ferrari) 43.57.677
5 Cerqueda – Pérez Sala (Ferrari) 44.12.404
Classification 2nd Race
1 De Castro – Camino (SEAT Toledo GT) 44.25.400
2 Mello – Mello (Porsche) 44.31.446
3 Villarroel – Fernández (Porsche) 44.32.284
4 Villalba – Gutierrez (Porsche) 44.43.741
5 Do Amaral – Couceiro (Porsche) 45.03.737
1 Miguel Ángel de Castro – Balba Camino, 160 points.
2 Jesús Villarroel – Victor Fernández, 126.
3 Manuel Mello – Pedro Mello, 107
4 Ginés Viváncos, 101.
5 Manuel Cerqueda – Luis Pérez Sala, 91.
Supercopa – first victory by Luis Carlos Maurel
Maurel was the winner of an exciting race, the second of the meet held in Estoril, by a narrow margin of only eight tenths of a second over second place Luis Miguel Reyes.
Forné, Maurel and Reyes were in the first three positions from the outset, but Maurel immediately took control. Maurel, Forné and Reyes kept up the struggle until the Supercopa leader took second position in the sixth lap. From then on he went for first place while Forné fought off the attacks from Guerrero. The most exceptional withdrawal came from Mostajo when he lost the tread off one of his tyres.
Today’s results confirm Reyes’ leadership but Maurel is second in the general classification in front of Villanueva and Alonso.
Luis Carlos Maurel: “After the difficult race yesterday, today’s victory is a great satisfaction for me. The car ran perfectly since the beginning of the race, and that let me maintain a fast pace and win. I was under constant pressure from Reyes and couldn’t afford to make a single mistake”.
The next SEAT León Supercopa meet is scheduled for 13 and 14 September at the Valencia circuit.
Classification 2nd Race
1 Luis Carlos Maurel, 26.55.193
2 Luis Miguel Reyes + 0.809
3 Antonio Forné + 8.747
4 Lucas Guerrero + 9.254
5 Rafael Villanueva + 15.822
1 Luis Miguel Reyes, 112 points.
2 Luis Carlos Maurel, 58
3 Rafael Villanueva, 54
4 Flavio Alonso, 53
5 Lucas Guerrero, 50
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