The fourth participation of Filipe Albuquerque in the 24 hours of Daytona could have been translated into another victory in the iconic American event, it was not about three hours and the end of the half, a problem in Corvette's rear axle. At the time of the event Filipe Albuquerque was the first table position and was forced to a forced entry into the pits to solve the problem, losing five laps with the operation. Was so earth the aspirations of the Portuguese driver and his team-mates, Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Scott Pruett to climb to the highest step of the podium, if quedando by an inglorious fourth.
A tough race but smoothly for Action Express Racing quartet until that moment, which leaves Philip with a bitter taste:.. "It was a huge disappointment The first places were always highly contested but were always there We saw the victory as a reality achieve and suddenly all the work and effort to translate only in fourth place. not a bad result, but it was not what we were waiting. it is the great job satisfaction to riders and team have done throughout the race. there is nothing to do, we knew that success depended on a number of factors. Now just think of Sebring victory and we want to win, "said the Portuguese driver who led the race for several hours.
Todas as informações e resultados das 24h de Daytona podem ser consultados em: www.imsa.com
Filipe Albuquerque accepted the invitation of Action Express Racing to compete in the North American Championship of Resistance. The Portuguese driver will perform the four tests that make up the calendar dividing driving the Corvette two-time champion with Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Scott Pruett only in Daytona. Albuquerque returns so the American championship in the main category in order to add, test the race wins and finished with the title of champion.
The first race to compete will have 30 to 31 January in the 24 hours of Daytona, after the March 19 to the 12 hours of Sebring, then from 6am Glen 3 July. Closing the season, Petit Le Mans on 1st October.
Tests conducted last week with the team as well as the benefits they had in the last three editions of the 24 hours of Daytona and its vast history were decisive for this invitation to become effective: "I am delighted to be part of a team as professional and motivated to achieve the goals it sets itself. in addition, be able to team with two drivers who speak Portuguese is different from the usual and interesting. they are all experienced pilots in the championship, several times winner of the 24 hours of Daytona. I could not be better team, "he said Filipe Albuquerque official driver of Audi Sport.