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The Racing Factory ready for the Rally de Portugal

  • Armindo Araújo wants to fight for victory in the CPR race
  • João Fernando Ramos celebrates 20 years of Rally de Portugal
  • Ernesto Cunha and Pep Bassas keeping an eye on PRCI

Rally de Portugal week has arrived and The Racing Factory is ready for the biggest challenge of the season. With the 'gentleman driver' João Fernando Ramos joining Armindo Araújo, Ernesto Cunha and Pep Bassas in this adventure, the team arrives at the race in full force and with high expectations in terms of the Portuguese Rally Championship, Peugeot Rally Cup Ibérica and also in WRC3.

"This is the most important event of the year for The Racing Factory. The name 'Rally de Portugal' alone says it all. We will be involved in all three stages (WRC3, CPR and Peugeot Rally Cup) and that means we have to be at the highest level.  Our goals are to give conditions for the 4 drivers who will represent us to fight for their personal goals, taking the opportunity to show to the 'World' the name of The Racing Factory and all its structure, which will be in full force in this event"said Aloísio Monteiro, while Justino Reis is confident in the work done so far. "The tests we did with all the drivers make us very confident. We have tried to meet all the demands that this race will bring and I believe we will be up to the challenge, helping all our drivers to achieve their goals." Armindo Araújo, always a candidate for victory in the National competition, shows himself motivated for the race. "The Rally de Portugal is the biggest and best race of the Portuguese Rally Championship. A great event in which we want to be at a good level. We did a good preparation and, above all, we want to fight for the best classification in the competition that counts for the CPR. In the last two days, and after the first objective, we will try to be the best Portuguese in the race", he explained.

João Fernando Ramos, who this year celebrates the 20th anniversary of his first participation in the Rally de Portugal, is ready for the challenge: "I want to make the most of this fantastic week, among the best in the world.  This year it's 20 years since I did my first Rally de Portugal and the race will be special because of that. The car is fantastic and José Janela and I are ready"  The car is fantastic and José Janela and I are ready"he said. Scoring for the Peugeot Rally Cup Ibérica, The Racing Factory will count on Ernesto Cunha and Pep Bassas, who will take their Peugeot 208 Rally4 to the hard and treacherous tracks in the center of the country. "We will debut a new car that we have adapted especially for this race. The starting order and the extreme hardness of the sections beaten by the WRC and R5, forced us to find a compromise between tuning and ground clearance that will allow us to be competitive while saving the mechanics of the car",says Ernesto Cunha, while the Spanish Pep Bassas is "confident in winning. In Terras d'Aboboreira, the first PRCI round, we didn't start the rally and that leaves us at a disadvantage. We will have to give everything in this Rally de Portugal, which is always complicated, mainly because of the damage it causes to the vehicles in our category. We will do everything, even so, to fight for the victory and our goals.”

Rally de Portugal will start on Thursday, with the Shakedown (Baltar) and the Ceremonial Start (Coimbra). Eight specials are scheduled for Friday, the only scoring specials for the Portuguese Rally Championship, in the center of the country (Lousã, Góis, Mortágua and Arganil), with the epilogue of the national race taking place in the Euro Circuit of Lousada. On Saturday and Sunday, the rally moves north through the regions of Vieira do Minho, Cabeceiras de Basto, Amarante, Felgueiras, Montim, Fafe and Porto.

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