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Rodolfo AvilaMacanese single-seater racing driver Rodolfo Avila had a pretty wretched round in the streets of Porto, Portugal. In his racing debut at Portugal, Macau SAR motorsport ambassador failed to finish both races – one due to an opponent mistake and another one due to mechanical reasons.

Rodolfo Avila believed he could have finished higher up the grid had he not being hit by a gearbox problem during qualifying. The Cram Competition #26 Formula S2000 did a solitary fast lap during the 30 minutes session. “I couldn’t downshift properly between 3rd and 2nd gear so we decided to stop. This was a big disappointment for me. Normally on a street circuit there is no opportunity to overtake and Porto isn’t different. I’ve to confess this Qualifying time ruined my hopes to get a good result in Portugal”, held Avila.

Race 1 saw Avila trying to get the best possible position for Race 2. He made his usual, spectacular progress through the field, getting up to 17th place with some fantastic overtaking. Unfortunately, having passed Massimo Torre earlier in the first lap, he was hit by him from behind in lap three. This collision spun Avila around and out of the race. “I don’t know what he was thinking about. He would never pass me there”.

Race 2 was even shorter to Avila. In the first lap the Macanese driver had to go straight forward in the first chicane to avoid a crash with Massimo Torre (again).

“Apparently Torre tried to overtake me again where it was impossible and he bashed me but I managed somehow to avoid it at the last moment. To get back to the track I had to reverse and it was the reverse gear that damaged the gearbox. I just stopped in the pits with the gearbox stuck in 5th. For me the Portuguese weekend was very unsatisfactory because I didn’t finish any race! In both races I suffered problems which weren’t my fault”, explained.

This spell of bad luck will surely end soon and allow Avila to start scoring. IFM rounds 9 and 10 will take place in Anderstorp, Sweden on 28 and 29 July 2007, where Avila is looking for better (Porto) luck. Meanwhile, the Macau driver is looking forward to set off his Macau Grand Prix F3 preparation.

“I just hope that somebody else doesn’t want to crash into me next race weekend because four times this season is already more than enough. I am a bit annoyed about what happened in the races at Circuito da Boavista, but there is nothing I can do about that now”, says the driver sponsored by Macau Government, Macau-slot.com, BNU, CESLAsia, PAL AsiaConsult, TsingTao, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, Sujika Crafts and PT Asia.

Rodolfo AvilaMacanese racing star Rodolfo Avila will make his racing debut in Portugal as International Formula Master (IFM) head for the streets of Porto. And it will also bring motor sport back to the city of Porto, nearly half-a-century after Formula 1 raced on the Boavista street circuit in 1958 and 1960. This race has a special meaning for the Macanese driver as he born in Lisbon, Portugal.

Rodolfo Avila started his racing career in Macau, in 2002 but he never had a chance to race in Portugal: “I can’t wait! This is one of the most interesting races of the whole year because the circuit is so unusual and no one knows it. In other hand I’m very happy to have the opportunity to race at Portugal.

Macau is my home race but Porto will be my second home race. I don’t feel any pressure as I know I’ll have my family there to support me”, held the driver sponsored by Macau Government, Macau-slot.com, BNU, CESLAsia, PAL AsiaConsult, TsingTao, Fat Siu Lau Restaurant, Sujika Crafts and PT Asia.

The only Asian driver in the IFM was very fast in the streets of Pau and just a collision (when he tried to overtake the race leader) avoided a good final result. Avila wants to show the quick pace again but he understands his mission will not be easy. To lay the foundation for a good result the Macau SAR official driver has to perform well in qualifying. In street circuits overtaking is almost impossible as the tracks are so twisty and narrow.

“I had a good race in Pau, and I’m looking forward to another one. I tend to prefer street circuits, actually, because it’s a very different feeling for the driver, with so much more adrenaline! I’m quite accustomed to this type of track. My motorsport baptism was in Macau’s Guia Circuit. It’s hard to make any preview. Anything can happen… On a street circuit, you simply cannot afford to make mistakes. If you brake a bit too late, you are in the wall, and that’s game over. You have to concentrate for every instant. I have to do a good qualifying session in Porto if I want to be on the top”, said Avila.

IFM’s third race weekend will take place in the second-largest city of Portugal on 6 and 7 July with TV coverage on Eurosport World, Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2.

Live streaming will be available on www.eurosport.com and www.formulamaster.net