Francisco Mora was the more experienced of the pack and won the opening race of the revived TCR Ibérico at Estoril.
Mora and his CUPRA run by Veloso Motorsport started well from the pole position and pulled away from the rest of the TCR field. For the whole race, Mora was able to stay on the pace with the Porsche GT3 of Nuno Batista that eventually topped the overall classification. For a while the CUPRA even managed to take the lead, but Batista made good use of the power and won by 3.9 seconds.
Behind Mora, the 16-year-old Gabriela Correia who had created a surprise by qualifying in second position on the wet track, dropped down to fifth during the first lap and eventually retired three laps before the end for the consequences of an incident.
Gustavo Moura took second place at the start and retained it until the end, while the Estonian duo of Robin Vaks and Mattias Vahtel finished in third and fourth positions respectively.
The second race will start tomorrow at 12:35 local time, with Daniel Teixeira’s SEAT León DSG in pole position and Moura starting from the outside of the front row.
1. Francisco Mora (Veloso Motorsport, CUPRA), 13 laps
2. Gustavo Moura (Speedy Motorsport, Audi RS 3 LMS), 11.866
3. Robin Vaks (ALM Racing, Honda Civic FK7), 20.967
4. Mattias Vahtel (ALM Racing, Honda Civic FK7), 39.051
5. Joaquim Santos (Bompiso Racing, SEAT León DSG), 1 lap
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