Ben Clucas Racing

Another Win in Spanish GT in a 2 Hour 10 Minute Race at Estoril

A second win for Ben and Francisco cements their Championship lead


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Another Win in Spanish GT in a 2 Hour 10 Minute Race at Estoril The 3rd round of Spanish GT held at the Portuguese venue of Estoril was run to a slightly different format from previous rounds, with just one 2 hour 10 minute race. One result was declared after 1 hour 5 minutes and another set of points awarded at the end of the race, meaning the Championship round still counted for the same number of points, despite the different format.

The number 43 car started the weekend strongly in testing and continued that through to qualifying. The grid was set by the combination of the 2 drivers lap times. With Francisco going 2nd fastest in his session at his home track, and Ben fastest in his, they lined up 2nd for the start of the race.

As the race was over 2 hours long, the first few laps were all about getting round and staying out of trouble. The young British driver did the first stint and was able to build up between a 10 and 15 second lead in the early stages. Francisco then jumped in, and once all the pitstops and handicaps had sorted themselves out, he found himself in 2nd, meaning the duo got points for 2nd position after the first 1 hour 5 minutes. Both were keen to go one better by the end of the race. Quick laps from Francisco towards the end of his session and the same from Ben in his 2nd stint, combined with a delayed pitstop for the lead car, promoted them to first for their 2nd victory of the year.

Ben was very happy afterwards. "It was a great race. A lot can happen in a race of that length, and I felt that both the team and ourselves really didn't make any mistake throughout. To get another win and keep our championship lead in tact is as much as we could have asked for. It's also great winning here at Estoril at Francisco’s home track in front of all his friends and family. I can't wait for Albacete where the car should be even stronger with the nature of the circuit."


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