Portuguese team tested LMP2 car in America
Duarte Felix da Costa, Lourenco Beirгo da Veiga and Ricardo Bravo, the Portuguese drivers who have been racing successfully in the past years in touring cars and GT's, tested this week in America a prototype LMP2 with the possibility of participating in the prestigious Le Mans Series (LMS) in 2011.
The three seek to unite efforts and make history as the first team totally formed by Portuguese drivers to participate in the Le Mans Series, taking the wheel of the Radical SR9 (version 2011) at NC CAR circuit - North Carolina last Wednesday and Thursday, a test which they considered very important to get more familiar with this new world of prototypes.
Duarte Felix da Costa: "To get all sorted as soon as possible is our goal at the moment because we will not only represent our sponsors but also Portugal and this test was good to realize that we are ready for this new challenge. The car is very efficient on aerodynamics and breaking, more than any other car that I ever drove before."
Lourenco Beirгo da Veiga: "We had two very positive days of testing as I was improving every lap and getting more confidence of a car unknown to me until now and I must say I was even positively surprised with our quick adaptation."
Ricardo Bravo: "In my case it's a totally new experience because I never had even driven a singleseater before. This car is amazing, besides the enjoyment I took these two days, I believe Duarte, Lourenco and I will form a very strong and consistent team to contest in the Le Mans Series."
The three drivers are now waiting to finalize some issues with the team that uses a Radical SR9 chassis, specification 2011, equipped with a V8 Nissan engine with 450 hp.
-source: duarte racing