CPTT, Baja Oeste: Third consecutive victory for João Ferreira

João Ferreira/David Monteiro (Mini JCW Rally) won for the third time in three events, this year at the CPTT. With another brilliant performance, this time upside down, they achieved triumph after finishing Day 1… in fourth place.

The curtain fell on the second edition of Baja Oeste de Portugal, an event that brought the TT much closer to major urban centers, which immediately resulted in a huge human mole. Last year, the Scuderia Castelo Branco competition had already made this fact clear, public, it was ‘thing’ that was not missing, and this year this problem… has multiplied. Nowadays, only the mythical Baja Portalegre 500 beats this ECB race in terms of audience, and as Nuno Matos said: “it is a race that makes a great contribution to the CPTT and it is a pleasure to compete , because we are always, literally , we have fans with us at all times, which is fantastic.

Sportingly, there are not two without three! Despite finishing the first day of racing 1m49.2s behind João Ramos/Filipe Palmeiro (Toyota Hilux), in fourth place, and also with João Dias/João Miranda (BRP Can Am Maverick X3) and Tiago Reis/Valter Cardoso ( Toyota Hilux) in front of him, João Ferreira/David Monteiro (Mini JCW Rally) exceeded the margin of the three competitors and took the third consecutive victory in the Portuguese Off-Road Championship.
A fantastic recovery, the race having its turning point halfway through 3 of SS2, since João Ramos lost 20.9s and suddenly began to give up 2m54.4s, due to a puncture, falling positions in the SS , and in general. The Dama Negra rider still recovered something until the end, even having a puncture the second time, but he did not have time to prevent João Ferreira from winning, finishing with 2m40.6s in the SS2, a margin of 51.4s overall. However, in the end, he was penalized five minutes for not having a spare tire in his car. For explanations, see box (read separately). CLICK HERE

João Dias again put in a very creditable performance in his BRP Can Am Maverick X3, and finished second, finishing 1m39.5s from the front, again winning T3, which happened for the third time in three races, this time with a tasty 2nd place. A remarkable performance at all levels, since it is true that it has taken advantage of the fact that this event has areas where the SSVs can play stick by stick with the T1, the truth is that without good driving there is nothing to do and João Dias managed to do it in brilliant form.

In a race that was very tough for him, Tiago Reis still finished the first day in third position, just under a minute ahead, but then he couldn’t do better than a place on the podium. The rider is still suffering from the injuries from the Baja TT ACP crash, he is not 100% physically, just in the race preview he confessed he has to figure out what he can do and the truth is that it was a test of great effort for him, always with a positive result.
If in the prologue he admitted this concern to us, what can we say after two long and hard selective sectors. After the third place in Beja and the retirement in Grândola, he will have to do a good ‘2nd round’ to see what is possible in terms of the fight for the title.
Another great race from Luís Recuenco/Sergio Peinado (Mini JCW Rally), who finished fifth overall, their best result of the year, after finishing 14th in Beja and 9th in Baja TT ACP. They were consistent, but they didn’t show any speed for more.

Alejandro Martins/José Marques (Mini John Cooper Works Rally JCW Rally) finished sixth overall, in a more complicated race than expected. They won the prologue, but in SS1 they had several setbacks.
They complained about the road book, digital and traditional, where, according to the pilot, he did not touch the “boot with the drop” several times. With that, he could not improve the position with which he finished the 1st day, the sixth. After being 5th in Beja and on the podium in Grândola, this is the worst performance of the year so far.

Francisco Barreto and Carlos Silva (Ford Ranger) finished in 7th position overall, the same gauge they had this season, after an 8th place at Beja and a sixth at Grândola. On the first day, a transmission failure causes them to drive in “3 wheel drive”, which leads to a considerable loss of time. Regularly, they finished the race on a good record.

Alexandre Pinto and Fausto Mota (Bombardier Can Am Maverick X3) won T4 and finished eighth overall. In a difficult race, and often winding for a good part of the course, the small SSVs were able to give more fights to the much more powerful T1, and with that it is not surprising the third place of João Dias and the eighth of this duo.

Nuno Tordo and João Serôdio (Nissan Navara) finished ninth overall and easily won Group T8, with a nice margin over Michael Braun/Ivo Santos (Porsche Cayenne Proto). Three races, three triumphs for Nuno Tordo and a consolidated leadership in the championship.

Johan Senders/Luís Bento took their Nissan Navara to third place in T8 and 11th overall, ahead of Rui Oliveira/Pedro Oliveira (BRP Can Am Maverick X3), second in T4 and 12th overall.

After two second places in Beja and Grândola, Ricardo Nascimento/Ricardo Brito (BMW X5) were only in the quarters of T8 here, after a more complicated race.
Joel Marrazes/José Motaco (Nissan Navara) finished 19th overall and won the T2 well against the group runners-up, João Franco/Pedro Inácio (Nissan Navara DD2).

The Scuderia Castelo Branco race was tough and several competitors got in the way. For example, Alexandre and Rui Franco (Mercedes V230 TD), who finished the first day in seventh place overall, fell into the water on SS2.

Who also did very well, they were third overall, towards the end of SS1, Nuno Madeira / Filipe Serra (Ford Ranger) had a strong road start, rolled over and damaged the car a lot. Did not return to SS2 again.

Nuno Matos and Joel Lutas couldn’t resist the toughness of the race either, as the Opel Mokka Proto’s turbo gave way at Km3 of SS2, after finishing the first day in the top 10.

César and Tânia Sequeira (Mini Proto) were close to the top 10 on the first day, but fell into the water on the second.

Another unlucky guy in the race was Christian Baumgart/Alberto Andreotti who fought for the lead on SS1, but towards the end, about 20km from the finish, the Toyota Hilux’s engine stopped and didn’t worked only intermittently until the end of SS, pushing the team to the ends of the leaderboard, where they had a lot of good “company”, all with problems of different natures, from self-inflicted mechanics like this was the case of André Amaral and Nélson Ramos who left the road, violently hitting a tree, on the left along the way.

Lino Carapeta and Rui António (Bowler) were also very late on day 1, as were Miguel Casa and João Luz (VW Amarok), as well as the fast Brazilian duo Adroaldo Weisheimer/Rafael Capoani (Toyota Hilux) who at the start also walked by positions before the race. José Faria and José Janela (Ford Ranger T8) had problems with the differential.

CPTT returns to action later this month, May 27-29, with Baja de Loulé, the fourth round of the Portuguese Off-Road Championship.

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