IFM: Rodolfo Avila Porto preview

Rodolfo Avila to race at "second home" Macanese racing star Rodolfo Avila will make his racing debut in Portugal as International Formula Master (IFM) head for the streets of Porto. And it will also bring motor sport back to the city of...

Rodolfo Avila to race at "second home"

Macanese racing star Rodolfo Avila will make his racing debut in Portugal as International Formula Master (IFM) head for the streets of Porto. And it will also bring motor sport back to the city of Porto, nearly half-a-century after Formula 1 raced on the Boavista street circuit in 1958 and 1960. This race has a special meaning for the Macanese driver as he born in Lisbon, Portugal.

Rodolfo Avila started his racing career in Macau, in 2002 but he never had a chance to race in Portugal: "I can't wait! This is one of the most interesting races of the whole year because the circuit is so unusual and no one knows it. In other hand I'm very happy to have the opportunity to race at Portugal.

Macau is my home race but Porto will be my second home race. I don't feel any pressure as I know I'll have my family there to support me", held the driver sponsored by Macau Government, Macau-slot.com, BNU, CESLAsia, PAL AsiaConsult, TsingTao, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, Sujika Crafts and PT Asia.

The only Asian driver in the IFM was very fast in the streets of Pau and just a collision (when he tried to overtake the race leader) avoided a good final result. Avila wants to show the quick pace again but he understands his mission will not be easy. To lay the foundation for a good result the Macau SAR official driver has to perform well in qualifying. In street circuits overtaking is almost impossible as the tracks are so twisty and narrow.

"I had a good race in Pau, and I'm looking forward to another one. I tend to prefer street circuits, actually, because it's a very different feeling for the driver, with so much more adrenaline! I'm quite accustomed to this type of track. My motorsport baptism was in Macau's Guia Circuit. It's hard to make any preview. Anything can happen... On a street circuit, you simply cannot afford to make mistakes. If you brake a bit too late, you are in the wall, and that's game over. You have to concentrate for every instant. I have to do a good qualifying session in Porto if I want to be on the top", said Avila.

IFM's third race weekend will take place in the second-largest city of Portugal on 6 and 7 July with TV coverage on Eurosport World, Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2.

-credit: www.rodolfoavila.com

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Rodolfo Avila