Filip SalaquardaThe World Series Renault hit the track this morning at the wonderful Portimao Racetrack in Algarve. The venue, close to the Ocean Shore, is hosting the championship as a supporting event for the Le Mans Series. Unlike the other occasions the two races will be held on Saturday, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Prema Powerteam and its two drivers Filip Salaquarda and Julian Leal spent some time in trying to get a grip on the extremely tough Portugal racetrack, featuring huge hillclimbs, falls and fast corners. The on-track temperature of about 35 degrees was lightened by wind. The 24 cars of the field were divided in two groups, and the two Prema men were inserted in the A Group. After a really promising start, Filip Salaquarda lost progressively ground and ended up in 10th, right in front of Leal. The will start Race 1 from row 10 and row 11.

“Practice handed us some great impressions – expl ains Team Manager René Rosin – and this morning’s 5th time left us with a real hope for Qualifying. Unfortunately, the weather made for us difficult to find the best set-up and our drivers suffered from an huge oversteer. The race will be long, and heat will be part of the package too. We hope to climb up on Race 1 and play our best moves on Race 2″