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Ben and Francisco Extend Their Championship Lead in Action Packed Races in Albacete

With good speed and consistency throughout the weekend, two second places allowed Ben and Francisco to extend their championship lead to 8 points.

 

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Ben and Francisco Extend Their Championship Lead in Action Packed Races in Albacete The start of the Albacete race marked the 2nd half of the season in Spanish GT, and with just 2 points separating the number 42 and 43 cars of Escuela Espaņola de Pilotos, every point was vital.

Testing went well for the English and Portuguese duo and they were reasonably happy to end up 2nd and 3rd in their respective qualifying sessions.

Francisco started race 1 and drove fast and consistently to hand the car over where he started, in 3rd position. The young British charger was able to set some very quick lap times on the older tyres, to move up to 2nd position, and set up an exciting finish as he honed in on the leader. Unfortunately time was against him, and the chequered flag was shown a couple laps before he was able to get close enough to make a pass.

Race 2 was run in night conditions. As all the cars lined up on the grid, the heavens opened, meaning everyone had to change to wets to tackle the tricky conditions. Due to the heavy rain the race was started under the safety car, but after a few laps it was decided it was safe enough to get the race under way. A good start moved Ben immediately into the lead at the first corner, a place he would maintain until the pitstops. Once the pitstops and handicap system had taken place, the number 43 car emerged in 2nd where it stayed until the flag.

Ben was happy enough with the results. "Obviously you always want to win, but I think we have to be reasonably satisfied with the weekend. I was a little disappointed we couldn't quite get the win in race 1, but with our championship rivals having a DNF in race 2, it has helped us extend our lead. It's going to be an exciting last couple of rounds and I'm sure it won't be decided until the last race. We just have to keep being as consistent as possible and try not to make any mistakes."

 

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