Spanish GT Championship - Round 5- Estoril - Portugal
After a good start to the Estoril round of the Spanish GT Championship, the final result was not what Ni Amorim and the Meycom Sports Team expected.
Qualifying went well, Ni Amorim put the Marcos LM600 on the front row of the grid, five tenths behind the Saleen, and ahead of the Viper's and GT2 Porsches.
Ni Amorim:" It's very difficult to beat the Saleen, but it can be done, as I showed in Jarama, where we got Pole. Estoril has two long straights and some very fast corners where the Saleen is very fast, so to get to within a few tenths of him I had to pull out a lap that was sometimes a bit over the edge".
In the race Ni Amorim took the lead at the first corner and resisted the attacks of the Saleen and Viper's for just over an hour. Just before the pit-stops, however, a suspension problem caused a rear wheel to part company with the car while braking at the end of the main straight. Ni Amorim managed to keep the car on the track and brought it back to the pits, but the damage could not be repaired, so that was the end of another very competitive run.
Ni Amorim"The race was going to plan. In race conditions we can give the Saleen's a hard time and run ahead of it, but the reliability needs to improve. We are the only team that runs ahead of the Saleen's on a consistent basis, but we need to finish races. The team and I will be working on these issues and we will be stronger at the next race."
The next round of the Spanish Championship will be at Cheste on September 22nd.