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Filipe Albuquerque Looks for Success at Home in Portugal

ELMS - 20/10/2018

Portuguese endurance racing star Filipe Albuquerque will travel to his home event, the 4 Hours of Portimão, after securing his first ELMS win of the 2018 season alongside his British teammate Phil Hanson at Spa-Francorchamps last month.

The 2017 European le Mans Series Vice Champion finished second in Portugal with the United Autosports team last year and he will be hoping to go one better in 2018 and finish the season on a high note.

Q: The ELMS now heads to Portugal for your home race.  If the weather is fine do you think you can repeat your result in Belgium at the final race or will you be hoping for some wet weather to allow you to close the gap to the Orecas?

“I really want a dry weekend so we can understand our place in the dry.  We had the pace in qualifying in Belgium, which was in the dry, so I want to see where we are; to see if qualifying was a one off result or we have made progress in two race weekends. I believe we have closed the gap, I think the car makes more sense with these Michelin tyres. Also for the show it is always better to have a clear run and also for the fans as well.”

Q: With the championship decided, what is the goal for you in the final race of the season?

“We’ve been far from being a championship contender this year, so our main goal is to show that we are competitive, so a top three finish is the aim. We had a third-place finish at the Red Bull Ring and now we have a win in Belgium.  So the goal is a podium and to be close to the leaders. We have nothing to lose, nobody has anything to lose this weekend, so we just want to produce another great result which will set us up for next year.”

Q: What is your favourite part of the track at Portimão?

“My favourite corner is Turn 16, the last corner. It’s blind and very, very quick. You can do it flat but in the race it gets trickier, especially with the traffic. You can make up or lose a lot of time there.”

Q: Apart from winning in Belgium, what is your other favourite memory from the 2018 season?

“It’s hard to beat Spa but if I can include the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in qualifying we were showing good pace. Unfortunately, we had a crash, but the qualifying showed how promising it was for the race.  This was a great memory to go around Le Mans and do such a quick lap.”

Q: What message do you want to send the Portuguese race fans ahead of the 4 Hours of Portimão?

“As we are not fighting for the championship, there is nothing to lose, so we will go big – a win or nothing! So come and enjoy the excitement.”

The 4 Hours of Portimão is the sixth and final round of the 2018 European Le Mans Series and will take place at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve on Sunday 28 October.

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