July 24, 2021

IMSA, Filipe Albuquerque: “It was an outstanding race”

Filipe Albuquerque finished the fourth race of the North American Endurance Championship season in Detroit in third place on the podium, after another run of nerves. The Portuguese driver and his teammate Ricky Taylor started from fourth on the grid, dropped to fifth and recovered to third when engine problems seemed to dictate a result far from expected.

However, despite the odds, the track performance was remarkable and the Acura #10 duo managed to cross the finish line in third place and maintain the first position in the Championship accounts.

At the end of the race Filipe still felt the adrenaline running through his veins: “It was an outstanding race. We knew that this was not a circuit for our car, but that didn’t make us lose it. We had to go to the fight. Ricky made the start, dropped to fifth. But the Acura was in great shape. He managed to recover to third, the position in which he handed me the car”, explained Philip.

IMSA Detroit Belle Isle, June 2021(Photo by Brian Cleary/BCPix.com)

It was up to the Portuguese driver to compete in the second and last ‘stint’ of the race: “the car was good and I thought we could fight for a better position. But, all of a sudden, our car’s engine lost power, there were about 27 laps to go. I saw our race go backwards. Knowing that recovering positions was impossible in those conditions, I focused on not losing places. So it was a ‘cat and mouse’ fight. Always defending my position, keeping my eyes on the mirrors so as not to be surprised by my opponents. It was crazy, but against everything and everyone we crossed the line in third”, continued.

“It seemed that I had won the race, such was the state of happiness. It’s not easy in a race like this and on a circuit like this to do this. But we did it and that was very important because we are still at the front of the Championship”, concluded Filipe Albuquerque.

Portuguese driver maintains leadership of the North American Endurance Championship. Within 15 days Filipe will return to the American tracks to compete on the 26th and 27th of June for another journey at Watkins Glen.