Ni Amorim's achieved his objectives in his participation in rounds 3 and 4 of the 2002 Spanish GT Championship. After being called last Thursday by Meycon Motorsport to drive a Marcos LM600 in the GT2 class, Ni Amorim drove the car for 15 laps on...
Ni Amorim's achieved his objectives in his participation in rounds 3 and 4 of the 2002 Spanish GT Championship. After being called last Thursday by Meycon Motorsport to drive a Marcos LM600 in the GT2 class, Ni Amorim drove the car for 15 laps on friday in order to get to know the car and find a set up. Although finding the car difficult to drive when compared to the Viper's and Porsche GT2 that he is more used to, Ni Amorim put the car on Pole Position for the race.
For the first race of the weekend, Tomas Saldana, Amorim's co-driver,took the lead at the start followed by the Viper of Dominique Dupuy, the Saleen of Pedro Chaves and the Porsche of De Castro and the Viper of Villaroel. At the 6th lap Saldana lost the lead, and as the Saleen pulled away, Saldana become embroiled in a fight for 2nd place. At the 13th lap, Villaroel took the lead as the Saleen of Chaves retired with a broken throtlle cable. Ni Amorim took over the Marcos after a great pit stop,
which vaulted him to second place, 22 seconds behind the Viper of Villaroel. After a determined drive, Ni Amorim caught the Viper 10 laps from the end, and started to look for a way through to the lead. Two laps from the end, a full course yellow meant that the race was going to be decided in the last lap. Try as he might during the last lap, Ni Amorim could not find a way past a Viper that had become extra-wide, while fending off the attack of Dupuy, also in a Viper, finishing second. During the second race, Ni Amorim was running 3rd biding his time when a rear puncture forced him to retire from the race.
So in his debut in the 2002 Spanish Gt Championship Ni Amorim showed again that that he is a front running driver in any type of car, and an asset to any team, as the second place achieved in the first race is the best result achieved by the Marcos LM600 so far. This goes to prove that his departure from the FIA GT series had nothing to do with his skills has a driver.
Ni Amorim's plans for the rest of the FIA GT series are still under discussion, so a return to the series has not yet been ruled out.