Ricardo Teodósio / José Teixeira on the Skoda Fabia R5 from ARC Sport, despite a problem with the gearbox in the last part of the race, fulfilled the goal he had set for Vodafone Rally de Portugal, finishing on the podium of one of the hardest tests of the championship, and obtaining an important result in the fight for the national scepter.
The fourth fastest time in the CPR, with the third place now reached, the Albufeira duo reinforced the position of leader, being now about 30 points ahead of Armindo Araújo and with 34 points over Bruno Magalhães .
At the entrance to the final special spot for the CPR, the first passage through the 37.6 kms of Amarante (PE10), dubbed the 'pilot show', was in the 2nd place among the Portuguese, nevertheless being betrayed by the which was stuck in 4th gear, forcing him down to 3rd place in the CPR.
"We already knew that this test would be very hard and unpredictable. That's why we set the podium as a great goal, which we happily achieved. It was necessary to have 'head' and to avoid the most degraded zones so as not to stick or have problems. We tried to attack a little more in Saturday's first special in Vieira do Minho, until we came to gain time but picked up the dust of a competitor who had given a touch in front of us. From there, we decided not to risk any more. In Amarante, the box was jammed in 4th and it was very difficult to do the rest of the section and then complete the whole connection to the park closed. But it was worth all the sacrifice because this is a very important podium for the championship accounts ", said Ricardo Teodósio, who in four races has already won Fafe and Mortágua, and two podiums (3rd place) in the Azores and Rally de Portugal.
José Teixeira also confirmed that "The championship accounts were always our priority and at the end of the section of Vieira do Minho we decided that it was important to keep 2nd place. It was worth the trouble in the gearbox, but the Rally of Portugal is anyway and I believe it was not an easy test for anyone. Now let's try to rest a bit and start thinking about the asphalt phase, which begins in Castelo Branco ", said the Algarvian navigator.
The Rally de Castelo Branco, organized by Escuderia Castelo Branco, which the Algarve duo won last year, is the following approval and will be played on June 22 and 23, with some news in terms of course, starting the stage of asphalt of the Portuguese Rally Championship.