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Ricardo Filipe: “What a very difficult rally the Serras de Fafe is”

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Right from the start, the challenging conditions demanded utmost focus and adept management of pace. The Algarve-based driver maintained a conservative rhythm, always vying for a spot in the Top 10 of the Portuguese Rally Championship standings.

In the heart of the Rali Serras de Fafe 2024, amidst the challenging terrains of Felgueiras, Boticas, and Cabeceiras de Basto, Ricardo Filipe, under the guidance of navigator Filipe Carvalho, marked his debut with the Skoda Fabia R5, clinching the 10th position among contenders in the Portuguese Rally Championship.

“This was undeniably one of the toughest rallies of my career. Rain, cold, mud, snow, and to top it off, fog during the second pass through Lameirinha… It was epic!” recounts Ricardo Filipe, reflecting on his debut in the 2024 season and his maiden drive with the Skoda Fabia R5.

Right from the start, the challenging conditions demanded utmost focus and adept management of pace. The Algarve-based driver maintained a conservative rhythm, always vying for a spot in the Top 10 of the Portuguese Rally Championship standings.

The first run through Cabeceiras de Basto on Saturday morning served as a pivotal moment for the team to adopt a more conservative approach. “We had a few scares, and right then, we decided not to take any risks and utilize the remainder of the rally to gather mileage and learn more about the Skoda, ensuring a result in this season opener,” shares Ricardo Filipe.

Expressing pride in overcoming the rally’s myriad challenges and avoiding significant errors, Filipe remarks, “We’re proud to have navigated through all the hurdles of the rally, steering clear of major mistakes, and fulfilling our development program in terms of pace and adapting to the car. We acknowledge that our pace is improving consistently, and now, we must work even harder to secure good results, relying on the excellent work of Racing 4 You.”

Looking ahead to the next challenge, Ricardo Filipe sets his sights on the Rally Casinos do Algarve. “I’m obviously very excited about what we can achieve at the Rally Casinos do Algarve. It’s a home race for me, and naturally, we aim to push hard and secure a strong finish.”

Scheduled for March 15th and 16th, the Rally Casinos do Algarve promises to be another thrilling chapter in Ricardo Filipe’s rallying journey. As he braces for the upcoming competition, Filipe remains determined to showcase his prowess on familiar turf, aiming to leave an indelible mark in the annals of Portuguese rallying.