Splendid achievement for the Ferrari crews at the Portimão 8 Hours, the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The cars from Maranello scored a fantastic one-two in LMGTE Pro class and a win and a third place in LMGTE Am. Taking the winning spoils were the 488 GTEs courtesy of AF Corse, with the Pier Guidi-Calado pairing, and the Italian crew of the Cetilar Racing outfit with Lacorte-Sernagiotto-Fuoco.
Track Temp39.24 ºCHour 1
Air Temp22.70 ºCHour 1
Track Temp36.33 ºCHour 8
Air Temp23.40 ºCHour 8
AF Corse#51A. PIER GUIDI / J. CALADO
AF Corse#52D. SERRA / M. MOLINA
Gap from leader25.066
Cetilar Racing#47R. LACORTE / G. SERNAGIOTTO / A. FUOCO
AF Corse#54T. FLOHR / F. CASTELLACCI / G. FISICHELLA
Gap from leader45.403
T. KIMURA / M. JENSEN / S. ANDREWS
C. SCHIAVONI / A. PICCINI / M. CRESSONI
R. FREY / M. GATTING / M. GOSTNER
F. PERRODO / N. NIELSEN / A. ROVERA
We are very satisfied with the results obtained here in Portimão.
The one-two in Pro class and the first and third place in the Am class is the best we could have hoped for. The result might suggest an easy race, but it certainly wasn't. We were able to gain on our rivals while the track temperatures were high, as our car is kinder on the tyres. When the Safety Car re-bunched the group, we suffered somewhat, but we were able to take advantage of the margin we had built, saving fuel and achieving this result. I would like to congratulate AF Corse for the one-two, Cetilar Racing for their first triumph in the world championship and I am pleased to see Fisichella, Flohr and Castellacci on the podium.
Antonello Coletta Head of Attività Sportive GT
I am very pleased with the result of this race, everything worked perfectly.
The team opted for an excellent strategy and we managed the tyres and fuel well and, in the end, everything paid off. It was all very tight until the last Full Course Yellow because we were really on the limit fuel-wise. We did a lot of work on the car this weekend because in free practice we weren't satisfied with the set-up but, as has happened on other occasions, we found the right set-up in the key moment, on Sunday. There is no better way to prepare for our home race than with a win.
Alessandro Pier Guidi #51
For the last seven years I have always competed on my birthday and it is nice to finally get a win and celebrate this anniversary in the best possible way.
The race was incredible and the car was very good. We made all the right choices despite having struggled with the tires, like everyone else. A Ferrari one-two is really fantastic for the championship and I'm very happy.
The “Autòdromo Internacional do Algarve” is commonly known as the “Portimão Circuit” because it is located near the town of the same name in the Algarve region of southern Portugal.
How many track configurations does Portimão have?
The Portimao Circuit complex offers 64 different track configurations, whose length varies between 3.465 km and 4.684 km, allowing for a wide variety of choices.
When did the Portimão circuit first open?
The track in Portimão is a recent construction. The facility opened in October 2008. It hosts car and motorcycle racing. In 2020, the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix was held there for the first time. Previously, single-seaters raced on other tracks.
What are the characteristics of the Portimão circuit?
The Portimão circuit features a series of natural ups and downs that make it rather spectacular and reminiscent of the old Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps. It is famous for its altitude with its challenging gradients of up to 12% downhill and 6% uphill. Fast turns increase overall downforce, while an interesting alternation of slow corners and restarts demands a lot of traction.