Portuguese drivers Gonçalo Manahu and Manuel Castro are returning to competition in the Vila Real round of the Iberian Supercars Endurance sister series Campeonato de Portugal de Velocidade, strengthening the entry list for the northern event.
The 'Bila' race is just around the corner, and the interest generated by our Portugal's main circuit competition is evident, with some drivers who were away from the track being tempted to make a comeback at the circuit that had its first edition in 1931.
Gonçalo Manahu and Manuel Castro, who don't have a racing programme this year, couldn't resist the idea of competing at the Vila Real street circuit, returning behind the wheel of a Fabela Sport-run Porsche 911 Cup.
This is a well-known Porsche car for everyone, as it was used last year by Fábio Mota and Bruno Pires, which allowed the latter to win the titles of Campeonato de Portugal de Velocidade and Iberian Supercars Endurance in the GTC class after numerous victories in his category.
Gonçalo Manahu said: "our plan was to participate in the entire season, but unfortunately, it was not possible due to professional and sponsorship issues. However, we didn't want to miss out on Vila Real. The Campeonato de Portugal de Velocidade is highly competitive, with high-level drivers and cars, making it very appealing for any Portuguese driver, and not only, who wants to compete against the best”.
Manuel Castro added, "we are lacking rhythm since we have been inactive for over a year, so we will have to readjust ourselves right from the free practice sessions. However, we will work hard and try to be competitive as quickly as possible so that we can fight for victory in the GTC category. For that, we rely on the experience of Fabela Sport, who knows this Porsche very well, and we are confident that they will provide us with a high-performing car”.
This year's edition of the Circuito Internacional de Vila Real is the third round of the Campeonato de Portugal de Velocidade and will take place next weekend.