Gonçalo Melo took out the Top Qualifer honours after four rounds of high-intensity driving at the Clube de Radiomodelismo Freixedas; with him just pipping fellow Junior driver Juan Carlos Canas on a tie-breaker. Both finished with 224 points after the four rounds, but a slightly better result for Melo in Round 4 gave him the edge when dropped scores (of which each driver had two) were taken into account.
Tiago Aguiar made it a great day for the home fans by taking 3rd overall in qualifying, followed by Joao Lopes and Zacaris Villalba rounding out the top 5. Manuel Iniesta, Thomas Musso, Alejandro Daras, Guillaume Hebert and Alberto Ruiz rounded out the top 10, and will head into tomorrow’s semi-finals quietly confident of a strong result regardless.
On a track that was loosing grip session by session, slowly becoming more abrasive and broken up with the hot sunshine beating down upon it, keeping up with the changes in track surface session by session became a key factor, and Melo and Canas being able to log consistent 9-lap runs in the 5-minute sessions shows impressive consistency going into tomorrow’s finals day.
The lower finals commence at 08:30 local time with the 1/64th finals, with the Main Final scheduled for 16:30.