Podium for Felix Porteiro in the opening race of the WTCC 2008 Third place of the podium for Felix Porteiro in the second race of Curitiba, in Brazil, 2008 FIA WTCC season opening event. The Spaniard of the BMW Team Italy-Spain, after concluding...
Podium for Felix Porteiro in the opening race of the WTCC 2008
Third place of the podium for Felix Porteiro in the second race of Curitiba, in Brazil, 2008 FIA WTCC season opening event. The Spaniard of the BMW Team Italy-Spain, after concluding in seventh position race one (sixth after the disqualification of Farfus notified during the evening), got away from the first row and battled a lot with Gabriele Tarquini and Andy Priaulx for the first positions.
Unlucky day for Alessandro Zanardi, that has been hit within the first few meters by an opponent. The contact caused the break of the inflation valve of the left rear tyre and this forced the Italian driver to an unscheduled pit stop. Back on track, Zanardi has been author of a series of fast laps that allowed him to conclude the race in fifteenth position. Started from the back of race two's grid, the Bolognese recovered till the eleventh final place.
Roberto Ravaglia (Team Principal):
"The podium is surely a positive result to start the season with. We had some setup difficulties both in qualifying and in race one; the modifications performed between the two races have been productive and allowed Porteiro to fight for the victory. Zanardi has been unlucky at the start of race one. After the pit-stop he kept for a lot of laps the race pace of the first, but his weekend was already definitely compromised."
Next round of FIA WTCC Championship is due next 6th of April on the Mexican track of Puebla.