On Friday 21st June, under heavy rain, Valter Pinheiro and Renan Guerra showed early promise by recording the fastest time in the final practice session. The Lotus Evora's sovereignty was threatened only in qualifying, when the Aston Martin of Hellmeister and Laganá was only one tenth of a second down from the Lotus.
In the first race, on Saturday 22nd June, the competition was fierce at the beginning, as the Lotus pair fell quickly back to third place. Guerra and Pinheiro reacted strongly, reclaiming the lead and maintaining it to claim the top step of the podium. They were joined on the podium by Rossete and Greco in second, and Laganá and Hellmeister third.
In Sunday's race, victory was even harder to achieve as Pinheiro starting from fourth place managed to jump into the lead on the first corner. Thereafter, he had to defend vigorously to withstand the pressure of Rosetti's Maserati. In the second half of the race, Guerra struggled to keep ahead of Hellmeister, who managed to put in even faster times in his Aston Martin than he had in qualifying!
Valter Pinheiro: "We led from the first corner, but the pressure of maintaining that lead forces errors, especially when other cars are faster on the long straights," said Valter Pinheiro.
With these two victories, the duo took took a strong lead in the GT4 category. The next double round will take place on 27th and 28th July in Tarumã, Rio Grande do Sul.
The Guerra Team Lotus Motorsport Team is sponsored by WCP, Playboy TV, China In Box, Pirelli and Aegea and has the support of LRM (Lacaille Race Management).