Second Place for Birel ART at Portimao
In the third round of the CIK-FIA European OK and OKJ Championships, Birel ART Racing finished second with the RY30S8 chassis and Caio Collet (OKJ). “At first we struggled to find the ideal set-up because of the track conditions and different tyres to the ones used in practice, but we worked hard and managed to improve. Before the Final, we tried a new solution and were very competitive. I’d like to thank Birel ART and IAME for doing a great job“, said Caio.
Michael d’Orlando finished in 22nd place. Michael said: “It was a great weekend, considering it was only my second race in Europe. I finished in the top 10 in the Pre-Final and in all the heats, including a fourth place. It was unfortunate to receive the penalties for the front fairing in one of the heats and in the Pre-final, but overall, our goal was to gain experience and improve on our performance in Zuera. So to finish 22nd is positive. I’d like to thank Birel ART for their fantastic support!”
Starting in 28th place in the Pre-Final, Ulysse De Pauw crossed the finish line in 18th place. Ulysse said: “I’ve never had such a difficult weekend. We had a bad qualifying and had two accidents in the heats. We made up ten places in the Pre-Final, but that wasn’t enough to get into the Final. I can’t wait to get back on track in my home race in Genk in the last round of the European Championships and have a good result”.
Lucas Légeret finished 17th in the OK Final: “Overall we had a good weekend. We worked well all week, but we were unlucky to have an accident on the second lap in the Pre-Final and a technical problem in the Final. We feel better prepared with every race we face”.
Taymour Kermanshahchi concluded a competitive weekend with a retirement: “Portimao represented a huge learning curve. In the Final, we were unlucky due to a technical problem, but given the progress we’ve made, I am very happy and cannot wait to race in Genk”.
Martijn van Leeuwen also had to retire: “We were fast in practice, but we were unlucky once again. We had a technical problem in the first two heats, while we struggled to find the right pace in the Pre-Final and four corners into the Final I was unable to avoid an accident”.
Gianluca Beggio, Technical Director: “Despite using different tyres to the ones in practice, with Caio Collet we were able to finish second in the race and in the championship. But Ulysse De Pauw’s result was compromised by a difficult qualifying session. After the tests that were carried out, Michael d’Orlando improved a lot. The penalty in the Pre-Final was a pity, because he could have had a better result.
Due to a risky overtaking manoeuvre by another driver during the earlier stages of the Pre-Final, Lucas Légeret was forced to start from the back in the OK Final. Despite some excellent performances in the practices and the warm-ups, Martijn van Leeuwen’s overall result was compromised by a few contacts. Lastly, regardless of the result, Taymour Kermanshahchi showed a remarkable improvement, managing to fight for a place in the top 10 in the Pre-Final”.