Portimao: Matech Competition race report

After a pole position (1.42.968) during Sunday warm up with the Ford GT1 Matech no.6, Neel Jani, also racing in Super League Formula, won the Super League race 2 in the afternoon. Richard Westbrook and Thomas Mutsch were in p-5 (1.44.489) during...

After a pole position (1.42.968) during Sunday warm up with the Ford GT1 Matech no.6, Neel Jani, also racing in Super League Formula, won the Super League race 2 in the afternoon. Richard Westbrook and Thomas Mutsch were in p-5 (1.44.489) during the warm up.

Matech Ford GT1 no.5 took the start of the Championship race from the 5th position on the grid, and from 20th place for the Matech Ford GT1 no.6.

Thomas Mutsch lost one position at the start, but regained 5th in lap 9. Nicolas Prost had a good start, and he crossed the line in 16th but was on the outside of the first corner which was covered in debris following a crash on the first lap and he was unable to hold position. The race was quiet compared to the qualifying race : Thomas stayed 5th during his stint and Nicolas 18th.

The driver change was very fast for both Matech cars and Richard, racing with car no.5, was 3rd when he started his stint. Neel Jani, who had had a very busy weekend, was 15th at the beginning of his stint. As yesterday, the Matech drivers start to rise on the grid. Richard Westbrook was 3rd on lap 18 and then he became 2nd on lap 22... coming from 22nd in the qualifying race!

Very keen to overtake the Maserati, Richard Westbrook gained more than 6 seconds on car no.1 but it wasn't enough, he finished the race in p-2. Neel Jani also overtook many cars and finished the race in p-12.

Matech Competition is really looking forward the next race in Navarra, October 23rd and 24th.

Ford GT1 Matech no.5

Thomas Mutsch : "We had a very good race, I had quite a safe first stint and was just holding my position on used tyres. Then Richard had amazing pace with his new tyres, it was just incredible! I think if we had 5 minutes more we could have come from 22nd place yesterday to the first place today. It was a very good race."

Richard Westbrook : "I just want to thank the team and my team mate for giving me the car in a perfect situation. I had really good tyres, the car set up was perfect as we worked a lot in the warm up session. Thomas did an absolutely spotless stint and now we have the pace to catch up the Maserati but I guess we lost time in the pit stop which is unusual because that's where we normally gain time. I don't know what happened and in the end we needed one or two more laps and I think we could have won."

Ford GT1 Matech no.6

Neel Jani : "It was a very busy Sunday for me, a lot of races! I had 3 races today, 2 in Super League Formula and one with the GT1. I'm really happy that I could win one race in Super League, on my debut. But with the Ford GT1, unfortunately we had to start in p-20. The car was great as we can see where our team mates are. I took over the car from p-18 and rose to p12. But we can't do a lot more, we just need to be in better position at the beginning. If I get the car on p-10, at least I can finish in the Top 5 I'm pretty sure. So I'm disappointed about our GT1 weekend, I'm happy about the pace of the car but unhappy about the outcome."

Nicolas Prost : "With a start from p20, it wasn't possible to hope for a better ending. The car was good during my stint, my lap times were good but I was stuck behind a Corvette and it was hard for me to overtake, and he didn't make any errors. The pace was good and we saw at the warm up that both drivers were able to be fast. The engine problem yesterday cost us a good race weekend, but it's positive compared to the Nurburgring race event because we can go fast now and we could try to reach for the podium now."

-source: matech-competition

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Neel Jani , Richard Westbrook , Nicolas Prost , Thomas Mutsch