Rally de Portugal
Daniel Oliveira successfully finished second day in Portugal
Brazil World Rally team driver Daniel Oliveira alongside his Portuguese navigator Carlos Magalhaes succeeded in completing another day of competition on the Rally de Portugal, third round of the World Rally Championship.
Daniel stuck to his plan of keeping the MINI John Cooper Works S2000 on the road, finishing the day, and taking the most of his first experience in the WRC. However, he is making important improvements on his pace, and today was quick enough to record some good splits.
Despite suffering from some minor mechanical issues on the first section of the race and a puncture on SS10, Daniel managed to hold his fourth position among the S2000-spec cars while being 24º in the overall classification.
Heading for the last day of competition Daniel and Carlos will tackle tomorrow the last four stages which include two runs through the 31, 04-kilometre Santana da Serra stage, the longest one. The first car will hit the road at 7:34 (local time).
- Six SSs were run today totalizing 132,41 km.
- Daniel and Carlos were 13º on SS12 and SS13, best split time for them
- Tomorrow the BWRT crew will be 17º on the road
Daniel Oliveira (Driver)
“I’m really happy since we could complete another day here in Portugal. We left behind the longest leg without any major trouble with the car. This is important for me and for the team”.
“The biggest issue was the puncture on SS10 which was also a big deal for other drivers today. Conditions were really tough, that’s why we preferred being cautious. However, on the second run of the stages we improved a lot our pace and set some good times. I’m feeling more comfortable with my driving”.
“We’re now a step closer to our main objective which is finishing the race”.
-source: brazil wrt