On March 8-9, the first test of national championship speed 1/10th 200mm was held at the Maia track near the city of Porto.
Saturday was the open practice day and it had a favourable climate with some sun and no rain. Jaime Silva, who had engine running to do, put many laps on his motor and was fine tuning by the end of the afternoon. With many drivers on the track, the afternoon passed quickly. By the end we were satisfied with the set-up we found, which was based on what we had done in October.
First corner (click to enlarge)
Sunday morning we woke up to a wet track, courtesy of the rain during the night. Thus, only in the third round could we get a good time and Jaime obtained 2nd place overall. In the final half (in Portugal, there is no direct fast-tracking to the final) there were no surprises and all the top drivers naturally made it to the final. Jaime again did 2nd and would be in 3rd place in the final.
Jaime Silva's NT1 (click to enlarge)
In the final, with some swapping of positions and great battles, Jaime Silva took 2nd place with a damaged rear right tire that made driving ‘interesting” in the corners.
1. Miguel Matias 2. Jaime Silva - XRAY NT1
3. Ricardo Nogueira 4. José Pequito - XRAY NT1
5. Bruno Coelho
6. Paulo Santos 7. Joao Inácio - XRAY NT1
8. Joao Completo
9. Joao Malveiro
10. Filipe Costa