SuperCars: Marmaduke Hall and Gustavo Moura
were crowned champions in Jerez
The British duo Marmaduke Hall/Edward Moore, in the Ginetta G55 of Tockwith Motorsport, triumphed this Sunday, at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera, in the closing race of the SuperCars Endurance Series, in a day when Marmaduke Hall (GT4 PRO) and Gustavo Moura (TCR) celebrated the conquest of the championship titles that were still open since the previous day's race.
"It's incredible this moment I'm living. After having won, in 2019, the GT4 South European Series title, Covid came, which also affected me, and I was stopped for a long time and only this year I started racing again. And this was a fantastic weekend. I'm very happy to have won the championship," said an emotional Tockwith Motorsport driver shortly before stepping onto the podium. Teaming up with Edward Moore, the new champion and his team-mate applied the same 'recipe' on Sunday afternoon that had brought them victory in Saturday's race. With the GT4 PRO class title up for grabs, Marmaduke had no trouble overturning a two-point deficit heading into the final race of the season, as rivals Gonzalo de Andrés and Guillermo Aso in the SMC Motorsport McLaren 570 S never had the pace to trouble the Ginetta G55 duo's winning pace.
The title discussion story in the TCR class was a bit different, as although Gustavo Moura, in the Hyundai Elantra, accompanied by Luís Cidade, had the advantage (14 points) over Daniel Teixeira, in the CUPRA León of the JT59 Racing Team, he didn't perform defensively. He was at the front, lost the TCR lead to the same Teixeira even before the mandatory pit-stop, only to regain it at the end. "Luís Cidade and I did an excellent job and I have to thank him for his performance in the six races that he did with me, and I also have to highlight the commitment and competence of the P&B team. And a big thank you to my sponsors, because without them I wouldn't be champion. It was a beautiful farewell and I even gave the gloves to my son Gonçalo, who will debut next year", said a delighted Gustavo Moura with the TCR title.
At the beginning of the race, Manuel Alves/Rafael Lobato, in the Veloso Motorsport CUPRA TCR, tried, as they had done successfully the day before, to impose order in the TCR class, but not everything worked out for the best. "In the second half of the race I tried to recover from the disadvantage to the Hyundai, but after the 'touch' we suffered from his car right at the start, our car got misaligned and the left rear tyre wore out prematurely, which conditioned our race", said, at the end, Rafael Lobato, who still managed to finish in front of Daniel Teixeira, the other candidate to the title.
"Yesterday, after Luís Cidade's touch, when he overtook me, and in a normal race situation, I mentioned that the CUPRA was out of alignment, damaging my performance. And only later we found out that, after all, the rear stabilizer bar was broken. Today, in the first corner, I took another 'touch' and went to the gravel, almost finishing last. I managed to recover, but during the pit-stop I lost two places, to Lobato and Cidade, and then I couldn't reverse the situation. Congratulations to Gustavo for the title achievement", said Daniel Teixeira.
1º, Edward Moore/Marmaduke Hall, Tockwith Motorsport, Ginetta G55, 45m01.146s
2nd, Gustavo Moura/Luís Cidade, P&B Racing, Hyundai Elantra N TCR, + 6.180s
3rd, Manuel Alves/Rafael Lobato, Veloso Motorsport, CUPRA TCR, + 8.769
4th, Daniel Teixeira, JT59 Racing Team, CUPRA León TCR, + 20.830
5º, Gonzalo de Andrés/Guillermo Aso, SMC Motorsport, McLaren 750S GT4, + 51.811
6th, Jorge Silva/Pedro Silva, Veloso Motorsport, Audi RS3 LMS TCR, + 55.354
7th, Jemma Moore/Aubrey Hall, Tockwith Motorsport, Ginetta G50, +1.36.975
8th, Andrius Zemaitis, Pro-GT, Porshe 981 Cayman MR, 1.37.348
9th, José Carvalhosa/Piero dal Maso, GJG, Porsche 981 Cayman MR, 9 laps
GT4 PRO - 1st, Marmaduke Hall, 150 points; 2nds, Gonzalo de Andrés and Guillermo Aso, 145; 3rd, Nicolas Pino, 86; 4th, Edward Moore, 75; 5ths, Stephen Patrick and Romain Monti, 43.
GT4 BRONZE - 1st, Andrius Zemaitis, 166 points; 2nds, António Coimbra and Luís Silva, 100; 3rds, Gabriela Correia and José Correia, 67; 4th, Piero dal Maso, 58
GTC - Jemma Moore, 168 points; 2nd, Aubrey Hall, 100; 3rd, Paulo Sousa, 68; 4th, Francisco Gonçalves, 61; 5th, Pedro Marques, 25
TCR - 1st, Gustavo Moura, 173 points; 2nd, Daniel Teixeira, 149; 3rd, Luís Cidade, 123; 4th, Jorge Silva and Pedro Silva, 90.
SUPERCARS ENDURANCE: CONTINUITY GUARANTEED IN 2022
The SuperCars Endurance will continue to be a reality next season, with the promoters of this competition, Paulo Ferreira (CEO of the TCR Euro Series) and Diogo Ferrão (CEO of Race Ready), to maintain the partnership that bets on the format of joining on the same grid GT4 and TCR cars, queen categories of this competition.
"It was precisely one year ago, in this magnificent circuit of Jerez de la Frontera, that we joined forces with the Regional Championship of Andalusia, believing that GT4 plus TCR would be a formula of the future in the Iberian Peninsula, buoyed by an updated and credible BoP. We reinvented Endurance Supercars. As such, the tendency points to an increase in the number of cars on the grid in 2022 and many more innovations", refer those two persons in charge.
The first details of the competitive structure for next season will be made known during the course of this month.
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