o Standings leader BBR pips reigning champion Wolf-Power Racing for TCE pole.
o All-new driver line-up for AC Motorsport on series return.
o Malaysia’s Viper Niza Racing rounds out TCE top five; ends qualifying in gravel.
PORTIMAO (8 July, 2022) – BBR has taken its third TCE pole position of the season at the Hankook 24H PORTIMAO following a tough fight with reigning Overall TCE Teams’ champion, Wolf-Power Racing.
Current TCR Teams’ standings leader BBR, which has entered a two-car line-up for the first-time this season, had been trailing the Wolf-Power Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR (#116, Jasmin Preisig / Ivars Vallers / Calle Bergman / Charles Dawson) as TCE division qualifying went into its final 15-minute session. Fast laps from both Chariya Nuya in the BBR CUPRA Leon Competición TCR (#158, Chariya Nuya / Munkong Sathienthirakul / Sandy Stuvik / Grant Supaphongs / Nattanid Leewattanavalagul) and Kantasak Kusiri in the sister CUPRA TCR (#159, Kantadhee Kusiri / Kantasak Kusiri / Anusorn Asiralertsir / Tanart Sathienthirakul / Pasarit Promsombat) meant the Thai team briefly held a front-row lockout. The duo were eventually split by a late hot lap from Charles Dawson in the Wolf Power Audi, though the British driver was unable to beat BBR’s 1m 54.931s average laptime around the 4.652km Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.
The returning AC Motorsport Audi RS 3 LMS, which boasts a brand-new, all-Hong-Kong driver line-up this weekend (#188, David Lau / Tommy Ku / Shaun Thong / Andy Yan), will start 4th in TCR, despite a troubled session. The Belgian team was served a drive-through penalty after a track limit infringement during free practice, then a second when the drive-through was not served during Q1!
Viper Niza Racing CUPRA TCR (#165, Douglas Khoo / Dominic Ang / Melvin Moh / Gilbert Ang) makes its return to CREVENTIC competition for the first time since 2019 this weekend, and made a solid start with the 5th fastest average time across all three sessions. The Malaysian-entered CUPRA though forced a brief red flag at the end of Q3 when Melvin Moh ran wide and into the gravel at turn eight.
The Lestrup Racing Team Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR (#110, Mats Olsson / Peter Fahlström / Stefan Nilsson / Patric Olovsson) will hope to repeat the Swedish team’s podium finish last time out at Hockenheim from 6th on the TCR grid, while 700 Miles (#106, Thierry Chkondali / Marc Girard / Bruno Derossi / Jordan Mougenot), which last competed with CREVENTIC at the same event in 2020, rounds out the TCR grid in 7th with its Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR.
After 90 minutes of official Night Practice this evening, the green flag for the 2022 Hankook 24H PORTIMAO is scheduled to fly on Saturday 9 July at 14.00 hrs local time. The race will run uninterrupted throughout the night and will be brought to a close when the chequered flag is unfurled at 14.00 hrs on Sunday 10 July. The action will be live with commentary from radiolemans.com on the official 24H SERIES YouTube channel. Regular updates will also be published on Twitter (@24HSeries), Facebook (24H Series) and Instagram (24H Series). Further information can be found HERE.