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Carrera Los 80: Paulo Vieira (BMW M3 E36) wins both Jarama Classic races

With the spectators coming in large numbers to the Jarama Classic, the colourful Carrera Los 80 field provided two interesting races in the historic Circuit of Jarama, offering a lively motorsport show for drivers and fans.

With good weather and more than 20,000 spectators in the grandstands over the weekend, Pedro Bastos Rezende kept the strong tone of the first event of the season, held at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, to conquer the pole-position with his Porsche 911 3.0 RS. However, Bastos Rezende had to start from the pitlane for the first 40-minute race, but his race ended prematurely, when he was already in the top five.

Alone on the front row of the grid, Paulo Vieira's BMW M3 E36 didn't make the most of its position and was surprised at the start by the Porsche 968 of Lucas Gonzalez/Jorge López and by the Renault Clio of the brothers Javier and Victor Rodriguez-Rey, with the latter making a great first lap, taking the lead. However, the passage of the small French car through the lead was short-lived, as at the beginning of the second lap, both Gonzalez's Porsche and Vieira's BMW imposed the highest power of their cars to recover the lost positions at the end of the straight. Unfortunately, shortly after, the Renault Clio would retire to the pits with mechanical problems.

The race lead would only change with the pit-stop, as Paulo Vieira, who stopped three laps earlier than his rival and with a stronger pace, ended up overtaking the black and yellow Porsche 968. Vieira kept gaining time and ended up with an uncontested triumph, more than 20 seconds ahead the Porsche of the Spanish duo.

Nuno Breda (Ford Escort RS2000) was third to see the chequered flag, winning among the Group 1 cars, while Teodosio Antonio Palomo, in a BMW 325i, completed the podium in the GT Copa class. César Freitas recovered from an incursion on the gravel to win in Group 2, while Luis Delso/Carlos de Miguel, in the monumental BMW 635 CSI, triumphed in the TMax, and Juan Alonso Catalá/Gonzalo Alonso Catalá, in a Honda Civic, won the T2000 class.

In the afternoon, the renewed Race Ready universe competition once again offered a good show on track. At the front of the race, the Porsche of the Spanish duo Gonzalez/López climbed to the first position, passing Vieira's BMW in the first metres of the race. While the first two built a solid advantage over the following two, the three-way battle for third place between César Freitas, Nuno Breda and Teodosio Palomo was in full swing. Further back, the Citroen Saxo Cup of Bruno Lima/Ricardo Pereira, the Ford Escort of Nuno Afoito/Mira Gomes and the Porsche 934 of Pedro Bethencourt/Teddy Pilette were very close to each other.

As he had done in the first race, Paulo Vieira again overtook the Porsche of Gonzalez/López in the second part of the race, winning with authority the race and the GT Copa category.


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