Curitiba: ROAL Motorsport race notes

The first WTCC round at Curitiba ends up for BMW Team Italy-Spain with five overall points obtained by Alessandro Zanardi. Bitter debut instead for Felix Porteiro, after a very good performance in yesterday qualifying. The Spaniard was pushed...

The first WTCC round at Curitiba ends up for BMW Team Italy-Spain with five overall points obtained by Alessandro Zanardi.

Bitter debut instead for Felix Porteiro, after a very good performance in yesterday qualifying. The Spaniard was pushed off race one by a technical failure that prevented him to take part to the second race.

Umberto Grano
"Porteiro, unfortunately, has been subjected to an unusual mechanical failure that pushed him off race one and that did not allow him to take part to the second manche too. The Spaniard proved to be very fast in qualifying and he will surely be among protagonists of the championship by getting more and more experience in the WTCC. Zanardi has been author of two good races: honestly I think that it was not possible to obtain more with the problems that today affected his car. In the next weeks we will have to work hardly on our cars to be more competitive at Zandvoort."

Alessandro Zanardi
"I am taking five points home from Brazil: not that bad, but I hoped for something more, especially from race two. We had some problems in finding a good setup and this has partially affected my performance in qualifying.

The clash with Huff at the beginning of race two compromised the setup of my car: the toe in was completely upset and the steering wheel was crooked-- things that can happen in races. Robert is a very fair driver and he came immediately to me to apologize.

Anyway, my start has not been very fast due to an engine problem that slowed me down for the whole race long.

The weekend balance is positive anyway: it could have been better but, cons idered all these episodes, it could have been worse too. "

Felix Porteiro
"I am really satisfied by my qualifying. I did not expect myself to be so fast in the first WTCC race, particularly on a circuit whereby I never run before. I do not exactly know what happened in race: after a gear shift I idled and therefore I got out of the track. Actually we do not know now if it was an error of mine or a mechanical problem. Unfortunately, with only a few minutes to the beginning of race two a severe problem to the differential came out and we did not have enough time to fix it. The outcome of qualifying was really satisfactory, especially if considered that no driver was penalized by the ballast."

-credit: rm

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Series WTCC
Drivers Felix Porteiro
Teams ROAL Motorsport