Dramatic end on home ground for Miguel Freitas Porto was the sixth venue of the season for the WTCC-troops and for the team of Wim Coekelbergs the fifth in a row. For Miguel Freitas quite naturally an exceptional weekend seeing the Portuguese ...
Dramatic end on home ground for Miguel Freitas
Porto was the sixth venue of the season for the WTCC-troops and for the team of Wim Coekelbergs the fifth in a row. For Miguel Freitas quite naturally an exceptional weekend seeing the Portuguese driver would be able to race on this highly fast street circuit of Porto - Boavista in front of a home crowd and try to clinch his first podium place with the Independents. The Alfa Romeo-driver travelled to Porto in a positive mood and the weekend ran smoothly, with amongst others a fourth place in the independents on Sunday morning, until fate stepped in. During the second heat Freitas went off in a serious way, which on a street circuit can have far-reaching consequences. Luckily the Portuguese driver was unhurt but on the other hand the Alfa Romeo 156 of Racing For Belgium is pretty battered.
The weekend kicked off with great difficulty for the young Belgian team and due to some engine problems Miguel Freitas couldn't achieve any better than 24th place during qualifying.
On Sunday morning he started off carefully and slowly climbed up through the ranks to finally finish fourth with the independents. "Had I not been held up by a stranded driver I might have made a podium place", the Portuguese driver told us after the race. "That would definitely have been a dream here on my home ground. But on the other hand we have registered our best result of the season, after having previously scored a fourth spot on the other street circuit of Pau."
The race on Sunday midday at the half-way mark was seriously hindered by the RFB driver's serious crash. Freitas lost the car's balance coming out of the chicane at the end of the long straight and crashed heavily into the wall twice. Luckily he was able to extricate himself uninjured from the wreckage and reach safety, but the car has seen better days.
Wim Coekelbergs: "The car has in fact suffered severe damage, but we are already looking for a way in which to look to the future. We obviously first need to thoroughly inspect the car, prior to being able to work out the ideal solution."
Next weekend RFB is preparing for the upcoming Renault-weekend and the week following on from that Anderstorp in Zweden (WTCC) and Spa in Belgium (24 Hours of Spa GT3 with the Aston Martin DBRS9) will be the rendezvous points for Wim Coekelbergs and the team.