Here’s a recap of some of the latest developments in the Iberian Supercars Endurance.
Jarama's Timetable Revealed
The timetable for the Jarama Classic has already been revealed, with both races of the Iberian Supercars Endurance taking place on Sunday.
As part of an event at the historic Spanish circuit, the Supercars Endurance will share the weekend programme with the Iberian Historic Endurance, the most prestigious classic competition in southern Europe, the revamped Carrera Los 80, and the popular Super 7 series. The Supercars Endurance event at Jarama will be a scoring event for the Campeonato de Portugal de Velocidade (CPV).
The 15-minute qualifying sessions of the Supercars Endurance Championship will be held on Saturday. The first session will start at 3:20 pm, followed by the second session at 3:40 pm (GMT+1).
Races will start on Sunday at 10:15 am and 3:25 pm, respectively. As usual, both races will be broadcast live on social media and on Portuguese TV channel A Bola TV.
Kirton and Elsworth return to the grid
Steve Kirton and Jonathan Elsworth made their debut in the Supercars Endurance at the Algarve Welcome Spring event, showcasing their skills by securing fourth place in the GTX division in the opening race. The British duo further impressed by stepping onto the GTX division podium in the second race, claiming the third position.
The Tockwith Motorsports Ginetta G50 drivers were delighted with the competitive nature of the championship organized by Race Ready, as well as the positive atmosphere in the paddock. As a result, they decided to deviate from their original plans and participate in the Jarama round.
“We both had the most amazing weekend racing at Portimao with the help and support of Tockwith Motorsport. We had no expectations going into the weekend, as it was our first European race, and first time racing with Iberian Supercars. However, the warm welcome and friendly atmosphere in the paddock was second to none and by far one of the best motorsport events we have attended. The fact we came away with a P3 podium finish in the second race was a great way to round up the weekend”, said Jonathan Elsworth.
Teammate Steve Kirton added, “on the back of our successful debut at Portimão, we have decided to enter Jarama. Again a circuit unknown to both drivers, having not raced there before. But we are hoping to repeat the success of Portimão!”
Fresh lineups for the FPAK Junior Team
The FPAK Junior Team is gearing up for their second event at Jarama. Following their successful debut in Algarve, the Portuguese circuit racing rising stars will now rotate among themselves, as initially planned when the Portuguese ASN initiative was established, giving rise to new pairings.
Lourenço Monteiro and Duarte Pinto Coelho will team up in the Ginetta G40 with car number 101, while Henrique Cruz and Gabriel Caçoilo will take the reins of car number 102. Duarte Camelo and Mariana Machado will share the Monteiros Competições-run Ginetta G40 bearing number 103.
The three British cars were engaged in thrilling battles in the TC category during the Portimão races, and it is anticipated that they will feel even more at ease through the curves of the circuit located in Madrid.
Vaquinhas is betting on a new car
Rubén Vaquinhas made his debut in motorsport in the races at Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. The Lisbon driver quickly demonstrated a highly competitive pace behind the wheel of the McLaren 570S Trophy from Araújo Competição, which he shares with Manuel Vistas. After a podium finish in the GTX division, Vaquinhas decided to take a step forward and acquire a completely new GT4.
"Before embarking on this adventure in Portimão, I had serious doubts about whether I had the skills to keep up with the pace of the other cars. However, after the results and influenced by the motivation and support of Mr. Álvaro Ramos, I decided to fully commit to the competition by purchasing a car that I believe is suitable for Supercars Endurance and Campeonato de Portugal de Velocidade", said the driver, who will be driving again the McLaren with Manuel Vistas at the Jarama Classic.
Vaquinhas is currently exploring options to decide on the make and model, hoping to acquire his new machine later this year, after the summer break.
Up in the mountain
A few drivers from Supercars Endurance series couldn't resist the challenge of participating in the Portuguese race of the FIA European Hill-Climb Championship, the well-known Rampa da Falperra in Braga.
Racar driver Carlos Vieira, driving a Porsche 911 Cup, secured third place in his class (GT winner in the Portuguese Hill-Climb Championship [CPM]), while Patrick Cunha, in the Veloso Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT4 that he shares with Jorge Rodrigues on Iberian tracks, emerged victorious among competitors with GT4 category.
Paulo Silva, who secured a third-place finish in the TCR division in the Algarve round driving his Audi RS3 LMS TCR, finished the European race of the Rampa da Falperra in second in the Tourism group in the CPM.
Luís Silva and Manuel Sousa teamed up in the Algarve, driving a Cupra TCR. However, at Rampa da Falperra, they participated in the CPM race using different cars - a BMW M3 for Silva and a Ford Focus ofr Sousa - and both of them emerged as winners in their respective groups.