The Portuguese driver Filipe Albuquerque today he was “very happy” with the announcement that Resistance World Cup automaker 2021 will start in Portugal, at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (AIA).
“There are evils that come for good. It was not expected to run in Portugal this year, but the covid-19 will give this opportunity. I love competing in my country and at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. And I am very happy to see the World Championship visit a circuit as special and challenging as the one in Portimão. I am sure it will be an extraordinary race ”, said Filipe Albuquerque, who in 2020 became world champion in the LMP2 class, the second most important of the championship.
“After becoming a champion, you can only wish to be a champion again. That's what I want and we are very focused on that. This is a very demanding championship with long and difficult races but we are prepared for what is coming. It would be extraordinary to start the year in Portugal with a victory. It would be the best kick-off ”, concluded the driver from Coimbra, who is currently in the United States preparing the 24 hours of Daytona that will take place on 30 and 31 January.
The Portuguese layout has hosted in recent years the European Le Mans Series, a championship that Albuquerque also won in 2020.
The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve will host the opening of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) on April 4, after the event scheduled for Sebring (United States) has been postponed, the promoters of the championship said today.
"Due to the rapid evolution of the new coronavirus, as well as the change in policies of different governments, which includes travel restrictions, the WEC does not want to take unnecessary risks," the statement reads.
This decision was taken in conjunction with the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and IMSA, organizer of the endurance races in the USA.
With the postponement of the Sebring race, initially scheduled for March 18, Portugal will host the opening event of the World Cup, in which the Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque and António Félix da Costa participate, with a new eight-hour race, on 04 April.
This is the first time that the Portuguese circuit has hosted a World Resistance event.