EB Motorsport has started its 2014 Masters Historic challenge at the season opener in Barcelona with a pair of wins in both Trofeo Javier del Arco races amongst a field of historic touring cars, and a class win in Masters Historic Sports Cars.
Qualifying second on the grid behind a De Tomaso for the first Javier del Arco race on Saturday, the Porsche 911 RSR quickly found a rhythm around the Circuit de Catalunya, took the lead from the pole-sitting Pantera and claimed its first win of 2014 at the chequered flag, twelve seconds ahead of Manuel Hermida’s BMW M3 touring car.
Starting from pole in Sunday’s race two, the RSR swapped fastest sector times with the M3 to the flag, but while Hermida claimed two out of three fastest sector times, the win went to Light Yellow Porsche number 33, just two seconds ahead of the M3 after twenty five minutes of racing. Close contest!
In FIA Masters Historic, EB came home first in class (Pescarolo), behind the sole GT40 running. The Formula 1 layout at Barcelona favours the sports cars’ higher top speeds and aerodynamic bodywork, but the 911 gave it a good run, with a fastest lap a little over a second slower than the sleek Le Mans-engineered Ford.
Catalunya was our bogey track last year, when a gearbox issue put paid to a defence of our back-to-back titles, so it was good to finish three tough races reliably and on the top step throughout. Roll on Donington – our home race – from May 3-5. See you there!