Esteban Garcia, Realteam Racing team owner, described a tough Pro/Am win which saw their #70 amongst various levels of incidents in Portimao.
The #70 trio of Garcia, Norman Nato, and Mathias Beche, took a victory in the Pro/Am sub-LMP2 category following what was a challenging 8 Hours of Portimao.
In a post-race press conference, Garcia said: “I confirm that it was very tough for us that we are very happy that there is already this Pro/Am in order to make the chance to fight with other teams.
“Before maybe just to say thank you, to my teammates to Norman [Nato], also to Mathias [Beche], because they did a really great job.”
Norman Nato qualified their #70 Oreca 07-Gibson in P3 out of the five Pro/Am cars, and seventh out of 11 LMP2s.
A time of 1m31.854s but them right ahead of the #21 DragonSpeed, and behind the #34 Inter Europol Competition, both Pro/Am rivals.
He continued: “And of course, the level is so high in WEC. But it’s fascinating to see that in a race of eight hours, everything can change. We started not too easy.
“I did also two first stints [which] was not too bad.
“And the last one was really difficult because I had two spins and I could continue the race.
“What makes us being here [is], I think, that we fought till the end. And this is what we have to have in mind when we do endurance, especially in WEC.”
Their car was amongst a number of minor instances of contact, and then the spins at Turn 3.
One of these had Garcia turn around on the grass verge twice and patiently rejoined, but the car made it to the end in the team’s first ever WEC eight-hour race.