8 HOURS OF PORTIMÃO - HIGHLIGHTS & FACTS
Tom and the #28 JOTA team travelled to Portugal for the 8 Hours of Portimão
On Saturday evening, Tom took the car to a brilliant pole position in the LMP2 class
The Brit also started the race on Sunday but was spun around on the opening lap
Despite being 50 seconds behind after the spin, Tom and the team fought valiantly to bring themselves back into contention
They were then firmly in the fight for the win with the sister #38 JOTA
An exhilarating finish saw the #28 eventually take the chequered flag in second place
With back-to-back podiums to start the 2021 season, the team head to Monza third in the championship standings with 43 points
TOM'S RACE REVIEW
“We experienced every emotion possible in that race I think! All weekend the car was fantastic, I could really extract everything out of it. I felt really confident heading into qualifying that we could get the pole so I was delighted with my performance.
“The start of the race obviously didn’t go according to plan being spun around but we knew it was a long race and we had the performance so the key was to just knuckle down, run to our plan and make the gains from there. The team did a fantastic job with the strategy and that really helped bring us back into contention as the three of us just kept pushing to get back into the lead. It was a bittersweet finish, leading with five minutes to go then just miss out but the #38 guys did a brilliant job so huge congratulations to them and all of the team for the 1-2 finish. A big thanks as always to the team for their hard work and to Sean and Stoffel, they were fantastic all weekend.”
Images courtesy of JOTA.