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Race report by Carlos Duraes
Round 3 of the Portuguese Off-road Championship was held last weekend at the Ortigosa track. Saturday was practice for pilots to adapt to the track and try new things.

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Qualifications heats were held on Sunday morning. Pole-position went to Miguel Matias who won 2 of the 3 qualifiers.

For me, I finished in 4th place. During heats I made some mistakes (which cost seconds), so once I was out of contention for making pole position, I chose the third round to make some changes in car for more benefit in the final. In my 1/2 final I finished in 3rd place which ensured my place in the final starting grid in 4th place.

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For the final my car was very good in terms of speed and stability especially in the more damaged zones of the track. At first I got up into 2nd place with leader Matias ahead. Then he had some problems. I made some mistakes when I was in 2nd place, but I managed to recover well and then retook the lead until the end.

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Final Classification:
1. Carlos Duraes XRAY XB808
2. Ricardo Monteiro
3. Rodrigo Luis
4. Fernando Almeida
5. D├ęcio Alves

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