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Winter Series opens 2024 race season at Estoril

GEDLICH Racing Winter Series opens sports season in Estoril

In what is one of the most anticipated and acclaimed events of the year, and marking the start of the 2024 sporting season, the Estoril Circuit hosts the fabulous GEDLICH Racing Winter Series, an international sporting event, federated and organized by the Motor Clube from Estoril.

The Winter Series is a pioneer in winter racing and this time the Estoril route will be the main stage for the “start” of its fifth season. Truly competitive and with some of the most beautiful and powerful “machines” filling the starting grids, the Winter Series promises a weekend of excitement, speed, adrenaline and a lot of competitiveness in Estoril with the guarantee of satisfaction for speed aficionados .

At Estoril, the GT Winter Series (GTWS), GT4 Winter Series (GT4WS) and the Prototype Winter Series (PTWS) will be present.

Before the competition weekend, between the 10th and 12th of January, machines and drivers from all categories liven up the Estoril route with competitive tests and adaptation to the Circuit.

Schedule – Saturday 13th

Schedule – Sunday, 14th

Ticket office

January 13th and 14th

Free entry with access to Paddock and Stand A


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Ruben Veludo and Simon Knudsen win and convince in the Estoril 250Km race!

After achieving Pole Position in the morning, the Veludo/Knudsen duo were very motivated to complete the good work they had been doing throughout the year. And with a good start, the pair managed to stay ahead in the first corner until they were surprised by Tiago Madeira who was eager to win, Madeira who was sharing a car with Tomás Pinto Abreu. He took the lead and together with Ruben Veludo they staged an authentic spectacle of attack and defense! The two, for 25 minutes, did not let go of each other nor left a single brake to be fought, with Veludo getting the better of Madeira when he came in for his mandatory stop.

However, when everyone expected this fight to continue with Tomás Pinto Abreu and Simon Knudsen, the pair from car 62 got confused by the stopping time and lost a minute to the then race leaders, car 55. With the distraction of their closest friends, Direct opponents Simon Knudsen and Rúben Veludo just had to make sure their strategy didn’t fail to celebrate the taste of champagne. And so it was, the Mini 55 was the first to see the checkered flag in front of João Silva and Tomás Pinto Abreu and Tiago Madeira, who would be penalized after the race, having to give way to the charismatic duo of José Carvalhosa and Piero dal Maso.

In fifth place, Nuno Azevedo/and Diogo Azevedo, who overtook António Gago and Alberto Silva and completed the 2 hour race ahead of the new winners of the Mini Trophy, José Paradela and Rafael Pereira! The winning duo, who brought Cayo Santos to have fun for this final race, suffered gearbox problems and were stuck in 4th gear throughout the race, a true test of endurance and resilience for the new winners of the Mini Trophy!

Manuel Cota Dias, João Cavaleiro e Silva and Rui Salvada were seventh in the competition promoted by Touring Racing, finishing the classification of the final Mini Trophy race in 2023!

For Francisco Pinto Abreu, head of Touring Racing, “It was an incredible end-of-year race! With emotion from start to finish and without major mishaps, which sometimes happen. I have to congratulate all the team drivers and their families for a memorable 250km of Estoril that I will never forget! A word of appreciation to all the category winners and all the champions we met today, great year! It remains for me to discover that the 2024 calendar will be presented in January and that more and better things are to come! I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and great starters!

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Ricardo Pereira and Paulo Vieira win Resistance of the year!

It was this weekend that we watched the grand final of Group 1 Portugal and the Mini Trophy. The competitions organized and promoted by Touring Racing took place in the classic 250km of Estoril.

With 45 cars on the starting grid, the largest ever in the history of the competition for this race, Touring Racing completed its first year with a flourish, in a 2-hour race where excitement was not lacking for a single second.

In the H81-2000, the big “mug” went to the duo of Ricardo Pereira and Paulo Vieira who on Sunday morning were the fastest, gaining Pole Position which they managed to convert into maximum points in the afternoon race, with the bonus of the point of fastest return to Pereira. However, Pereira/Vieira’s party was also a reason for celebration for Rui Ribeiro, who celebrated winning the title! (Succeeding Ricardo Pereira who won in 2022). Rui Ribeiro knew that he only needed to stay behind Pereira as long as there was no other competitor between them and when there were just 5 minutes left before the checkered flag fell, the vast field was neutralized by the Safety Car and Ribeiro, who shared the Ford Escort RS 2000 with Rui Salgado, he was in third place in the classification with Ricardo Pereira in the lead and Francisco Freitas in second place, it was not enough for Ribeiro to win the title. Even when the green flag waved, the car of Francisco Freitas / Luís Pedro Liberal / Steve Soper began to fail and the trio in #516 were forced to pull over when they were about to try to take the lead by storm, a heartbreaking moment for Curator Garage on the one hand and a moment of euphoria for Rui Ribeiro’s team! A title decided in the last laps of the last race of the year, which by the way is the biggest of the year!

In third place finished Bruno Lima, who in his debut year showed great growth and a tremendous adaptation to the Ford Escort RS2000, one of the strong candidates for victories in 2024. Luís Pedro Liberal / Francisco Freitas / Steve Soper were placed fourth, a result which does not reflect the team’s excellent progress throughout the weekend. The trio was ahead of Manuel Almeida / António Pires Cleto, Félix Ribeiro and Henrique Correia in the Porsche 924 and Nuno Breda and João Moreira in the Ford Escort RS 2000. Nuno Afoito and João Mira Gomes did not qualify due to mechanical problems in the powerful Ford Escort RS2000.

In H81-Max, André Castro Pinheiro and Ernesto Vieira triumphed in celebrating the Fresco brothers’ title. The Jaguar XJS V12 duo dominated the category throughout the weekend, achieving the fastest times in every session, however the British car began to suffer from brake problems in the middle of the race, making the duo’s task more complicated. . However, the Pinheiro/Vieira duo took the loud Jaguar to the checkered flag, winning the biggest race of the year. In second place is the Ford Capri MKIII of António and José Fresco, who celebrated their Tri-Championship today! The brothers from Mira would gain the points needed to win the title if they finished, and they did so ahead of Miguel Sardo and Diogo Cavaco in the Porsche 924, third in the category.

Among the H81-1600, victory smiled at Rafael Cerveira Pinto and António Liberal. The duo supported by RP Motorsport triumphed ahead of Marcos Ruão and Nuno Pardalejo in the VW Sirocco. Not being strange faces in category victories, Cerveira Pinto and Liberal repeated the previous year’s triumph in the same race and still beat their best time of 2022 by 4 tenths.

In third place in the category, Manuel Cabral Menezes and Manuel de Mello Breyner, in a VW Golf GTI MKI, managed to complete the podium after a difficult race and thus celebrate the title of winner of the category. For Manuel de Mello Breyner this achievement was special, as the experienced driver won in a similar car, the National Gr N championship, 40 years ago. Carlos Graça was fourth ahead of Carlos Matos and Nuno Matos, all in VW Golf MKI.

In H71-1300, the Frenchmen Stéphane Codet and Franck Julien were delighted with the great resistance of Group 1, wanting to repeat it next year. In the H71-1600, François Guerin and Diogo Santos in the BMW 1600 Ti were the big winners of the category in front of the Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 of João Miguel Ribeiro and Miguel Ribeiro who completed the category. In H81-1300 the fierce fight between the Toyota Starlet of Rui Moura and the Renault 5 of José Familiar and Pedro Diogo was shortened to the regret of the many fans present. First the Renault 5 was forced to abandon due to a mechanical failure and then the Toyota Starlet did not avoid an immediate encounter with the protective barriers of the Estoril Circuit. In the end Rui Moura celebrated the category title, but with a bittersweet taste as the driver would have liked to have been able to see the checkered flag.

In the 1052, victory came to Tillos Jacques and Lariau Frédéric in a Peugeot 104 ZS, the French duo from Trisport ahead of João Neves and Cândido Monteiro in the Seat Panda 4S of the same team. Carlos Maciel and Carlos Aniceto in the Morris Mini were third, beating the Autobianchi A112 Abarth of Abel Marques and Sérgio Monteiro who completed the “small” category.

At the Production Cup, there was no shortage of entertainment! Rubén Ferreira and Pedro Gordo closed the year with a flourish. The pair won the two-hour race and thus celebrated their first title in the category. But if it seemed easy, you’re wrong, Rubén Ferreira had excellent fights with César Machado that left everyone’s nerves on edge as they were so close that the two were spinning around without ever touching. Chapeau!

In second place in the category, the duo of Fernando Ventura and Paulo Cunha beat one of the favorite pairs of Alberto Xavier and César Machado for the middle spot on the podium.

Francisco Marrão and his “Crazy Cow” were placed fourth ahead of João Posser, Luís Santa Bárbara / Manuel Matos, Jorge Rodrigues/ Jorge Lobo and the pairs Miguel Matias / Marco Pinto, Guilherme Costa / Gonçalo Matias and Vasco and Vitor Sampaio . Ricardo Marcelino was unable to finish the race.

Text: Touring Racing


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