Points for GRS in a difficult weekend in Portimão

The third EuroCup-3 meeting of the season was held this weekend at the incredible Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. It was a tough weekend, with multiple incidents and mechanical issues. We were able, however, to score points again.

After a great weekend at the Red Bull Ring, EuroCup-3 was back for GRS Team. The championship visited Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portugal. For the first time in EuroCup-3, GRS lined up three drivers. Nikola Tsolov returned after being absent on the previous round while Isaac Barashi and Emely de Heus, who came from an excellent weekend in Austria, were with us again.

On track action got underway with Friday’s collective testing, where our drivers did numerous laps to face the weekend fully ready. Two Free Practice sessions were held on Saturday morning. A gearbox failure left Barashi unable to go out on track. Fortunately, the issue was sorted out in time for qualifying.

Qualifying 1 came and Tsolov made a great job, putting his car in the Top 10. Barashi was 15th and De Heus qualified on 25th. Shortly after that, on the race, the Dutch driver had to retire with a clutch issue. Both the Bulgarian and the Brit had a difficult start, but they managed to climb up places until reaching their starting spots: P9 for Nikola and P15 for Isaac.

Qualifying 2 was the first Sunday session. Results were not ideal, but they put us in position to fight for points again. Tsolov was 11th, Barashi was 21st, and Emely qualified in 26th position.

Race 2 was heavily conditioned by multiple accidents and safety car periods. There, we scored one more point. Nikola was tenth after battling in a crowded group and having great racecraft. Barashi was involved in an incident with rivals, so he ended the race at the back of the pack. De Heus had a mechanical failure before the start of the race.

On the final race, Tsolov started fifth. He was pushed into a gravel trap on a Safety Car restart, dropping out of the Top 10. In a chaotic last lap, he climbed up to eighth place, securing more championship points. Barashi was in the fight for the Top 10 until being involved in a last lap incident, and Emely competed her weekend with a great P12 finish.

Our weekend ends with points in all three races but feeling that the results could have been better. Mechanical incidences, unrelated to the team’s work, marred our weekend, and the potential was bigger than what the results show. Despite this, we are content with the job done to sort out the issues, and the drivers’ good outings. They will undoubtedly be able to fight at the top in upcoming rounds.

EuroCup-3 will return in July 6-7. We will travel to Paul Ricard Circuit, in France, where we will reach the middle point of the season.