September 17, 2018

Nuno Duraes takes Portuguese 200mm title

The ARMAIA track played host to round 5 of the Portuguese IC Track Nationals this past weekend. In the 200mm class it was Carlos Manuel Rodrigues who set the pace as he took the overall TQ after winning the second, third and fourth qualifying round from Q1 winner, Nuno Duraes. After the semifinals however it was Nuno with the pole position for the 30-minutes long A-main, but due to clutch issues Duraes had to ask for a time out, meaning he had to start dead last. By the first round of pitstops Nuno had already recovered to 2nd thanks to a brilliant start and he started to chase Carlos Manuel for the lead. In the closing stages Nuno ran out of tyres and it looked like Carlos would bring home the win but a mistake of Carlos during the final fuel stop meant Nuno would be able to take the win with a narrow 1-lap margin from Tomas Andrade while Carlos Manuel had to settle for 3rd overall. Thanks to the win, Nuno was awarded with the 2018 National Champion title.

Thanks to Nuno Duraes for the report.


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