Our traditional race season curtain closer took place at the former F1 venue of Estoril on the outskirts of Lisbon as our British racers were joined for a non-championship race by our Portuguese friends.
With a change in format with 2 heats and a final, grid positions for the first heat drawn from a hat it was all bets off for the separate races for 1600 and 420R cars.
Jonathan Mitchell took victory in both heats but a deluge sweeping the circuit before the start of the 420R final meant it was anyone’s for the taking. The Portuguese racers compete around the circuit numerous times over the year but usually in somewhat drier conditions! After 30 minutes it was Jonathan who took the overall victory with series returnee Adam Clarke the second UK registered driver in 6th and Mark Stansfield in 7th.
All 3 of the 1600 races were stunning to watch. With Luis Felipe Oliveira just taking the victory in heat 1 from Mark Roberts and Jay McCormack leading home a fabulous battle in race 2, it was an expectant audience that watched a scintillating final race.
As McCormack and Ben Winrow escaped at the front there was a 7 way scrap for 3rd which was eventually won by Tim Child after a battle that saw him, Roberts, John Shiveral, Michael O’Reilly, Oliver Gibson and Geoff Newman together and swapping positions for the full 30 minutes. All 7 were covered by just 1.1 seconds at the chequered flag… and not a wing missing!
And so our season comes to a very entertaining close and we’re finally back racing around our favourite circuits in Europe.
Thank you to all our fabulous drivers, the hardworking mechanics and the professional teams that race with us. We’ve loved having you in our paddock and we look forward to seeing you in 2022!
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