Rally de Portugal
The BWRT kicked off the Rally de Portugal
The Brazil World Rally Team has got under way the Rally de Portugal, third round of the World Rally Championship (WRC), and first run for the brand new team in the international rally arena.
The young Brazilian driver Daniel Oliveira alongside his Portuguese navigator Bruno Magalhaes, at the wheel of the MINI John Cooper Works S2000, completed this afternoon the opening stage of the event, a 3.27-kilometre Super Special Stage run through the streets of Lisbon. Oliveira set the sixth best time among S2000-spec cars with 3m.11,4s. to came 13,8s adrift of class leader, the local hero Armindo Araujo. The crew settled 34th in the overall classification, being 21,8s slower than the winner of the day, the Finnish driver Mikko Hirvonen (Ford).
Once the stage was finished the organization members, teams and the crews moved back to the rally base in Faro, located 300 km. away from Lisbon, in the southern region of Algarve. The rally will continue tomorrow at 9:05 (GMT) with SS 2 Santa Clara. In total, Daniel and Carlos will tackle six stages and 132,41 kilometres of gravel roads.
Daniel and Carlos is the 18thcrew in the departure line for tomorrow
Daniel’s MINI John Cooper Works S2000 run with number 12
Daniel Oliveira (Driver)
“I really enjoyed the Super Special stage since there were a lot of fans cheering up on the streets. We had a faultless run, there were no problems. We took care a bit since the tarmac was a bit slippery and there was a tricky cobblestone section. This is a show for the fans, and there is more to lose than to win. This is a long race and the real rally starts tomorrow. We will see what happens; we want to go step by step”.
-source: brazil wrt