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Race report by Nuno Rebelo
The Portuguese Cup, last race of the official Portuguese calendar, was held on Sunday the 14th at Avanca’s track. About 50 drivers attended, with the following racing Xray cars:

Carlos Duraes
Nuno Rebelo
Francisco Ferreira
Joao Rodrigues
Romeu Meneses
Luís Filipe Pereira
Joel Soares
Jorge Augusto

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On Saturday practice, both Carlos Duraes and Nuno Rebelo got a good setup for their XB9’s and a fast race was expected, fighting for the podium.

On Sunday the wheather conditions were very poor at due times, enough to cause a delay of about 1h30 during the morning period.

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During the qualifying heats, both Carlos and Nuno kept driving very fast and consistent, with Carlos getting TQ.

Carlos led his semi from start to finish, and Nuno made a great semi suffering a bump in the begginig and still managing to bump-up in third. Shout out to Joel Soares, who missed the bump by a few seconds, on the final lap, on his first XB9 race, and not by his mistake…

Carlos Duraes got the #1 on the A-Main, and Nuno Rebelo #4. As the race started, Carlos Duraes was flying through the track, but some kind of “failure” on his transponder got him 0 (zero) laps counted… He did not give up, and still finished the race in an “unofficial” first place…

Nuno Rebelo also made an amazing race, finishing only behind Miguel Matias, getting 2nd place overall.

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Race results:
1. Miguel Matias
2. Nuno Rebelo – XRAY XB9
3. Rodrigo Luís
4. Ricardo Monteiro
5. Joao Lopes

12. Carlos Duraes – XRAY XB9
13. Joel Soares – XRAY XB9
27. Francisco Ferreira – XRAY XB9
28. Luís Filipe Pereira – XRAY XB9
31. Joao Rodrigues – XRAY XB9
39. Romeu Meneses – XRAY XB9
40. Jorge Augusto – XRAY XB9


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