Antonio Felix da Costa back in Estoril As part of his ongoing preparation program for next season, Antonio Felix da Costa was back in Estoril to participate in the 2nd round of the Portuguese Winter Series. With over thirty drivers on the...
Antonio Felix da Costa back in Estoril
As part of his ongoing preparation program for next season, Antonio Felix da Costa was back in Estoril to participate in the 2nd round of the Portuguese Winter Series.
With over thirty drivers on the entry list, Antonio arrived at Estoril eager to test himself against some of his future opponents in the 2009 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup.
Starting from 3rd place on the grid in the first race, the young driver from Estoril had one of his trademark lightning starts and went into the lead. He slipped to 3rd place though after missing a gearshift and, as the race was still in its first corners, was hit from behind by another driver who had lost control of his car. As a result of this incident Antonio ended up in the gravel, losing precious seconds and rejoining the race in last place.
From there on Antonio Felix da Costa fought back and recovered many positions, overtaking cars on several points on the track at an average of two per lap before finally finishing in 8th place.
For the day's second race, Antonio lined up in 3rd place on the grid once again and moved up into 2nd after the start. This would be a short race for the Portuguese driver however, as just before the start the team had discovered a small problem in the steering which worsened during the early laps and forced him to come into the pits on the 6th lap to retire.
"Even if the results were not the ones we hoped for, it was still important to be here in Estoril because we want to get as much mileage as possible before the next season starts. Also, it was interesting to meet some of my opponents for next year in racing conditions", Antonio Felix da Costa commented to his website www.felixdacosta.com
The driver from Estoril has been very active in the past weeks, testing at the Nurburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Portimco and Estoril where, together with Motopark Academy, he tried several technical solutions for the forthcoming season. Before the year ends, Antonio will still be testing at both Valencia and Barcelona, after which his intense 2009 preparation program will draw to a close.