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Portimão: Drivers’ reactions

ELMS - 30/10/2019 - Sophie LIGER

The 4 Hours of Portimão were the last race of the 2019 European Le Mans Series season. Here are the driver’s reactions:

Antonin Borga – n°37 Cool Racing Oreca 07: It’s funny, Portimão is the last race of the season, but to me it really doesn’t feel like the end because we will go on in two weeks’ time in China for our third WEC race… We had a good start this weekend, had a fantastic car in the free practice, and then it was much more complicated in qualifying. This race was definitely not the best one of the season. But we do have a great team, and great driver line-up and a great car, and in the end, we are 7th in the ELMS championship, and only the second of the teams with a bronze driver. So in the end, it’s really not that bad…

Of course, it’s pity to finish on a bad note, but we will go on working hard, as we do since the beginning. As soon as next Tuesday we will be testing here in Portimão with Michelin, and my personal task will be to work on qualifying. In the WEC championship the car is qualified by two drivers and Nico needs me to do better, so I will work hard on that point for the next meetings.


Filipe Albuquerque – n°22 United Autosports Oreca 07: “It is a good result to end the year on. The most important thing to look at is the pace that we had. We qualified on pole and Phil got the fastest lap of the race. Unfortunately, the safety car ruined us. In the end Chatin was just a bit quicker than Phil, not by much but enough to pass him in traffic. He didn’t pull massively away but it was enough for track position and the win. But it is promising for the future of United and for us. We have a WEC title to chase now.”


Wayne Boyd – n° 2 United Autosports Ligier JS P3: “The start of the race was interesting. I haven’t started a race in a while. It was a bit chaotic and then obviously, what happened to Christian wasn’t good. Get well soon to him, no one likes to see anything like that. We were able to run in third place for the majority of my stint and we had good pace. Overall I’m happy as we started 10th so third isn’t a bad finishing point, which was then moved up to second. Four podiums out of six races isn’t a bad tally.”


Nick Adcock – n°8 Nielsen Racing Ligier JS P3: ““It was a good strategy from the team and we got the good result - the best of the season with P5 - so I’m happy with that. This is a very tough circuit physically, there is just no time to relax and recover as it’s corner after corner, the car is always moving around, but overall it’s a good result and I enjoyed my first taste of Portimão!”

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