Kevin Estre: COTA Recap

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The 1st meeting from the PWC in Cota went really well for us. We improved the car little by little in free practices under dry conditions being in the top 5 in all sessions.
The qualifying is hard to manage under this format because there are 50 cars on track for 45min but we can use only 1 set of tires.  So we went out directly with the strategy of trying to set a lap in the 1st part of qualifying, thinking about the less chances of hitting traffic.  I did the fastest lap on my 1st try but then got some traffic in the next 2 laps so we decided to pit.  As 2 cars improved while we were in the pit lane we decided to have another shot and improved the lap time to claim 2nd place.
We started P2 but unfortunately had a really bad start and was about P10 when I attacked the braking from Turn 1.  I got out from Turn 1 in P7, then overtook 2 cars in the 1st lap to be P5 crossing the line at the end from lap 1.  I had a fight with O’Connell in the Cadillac but couldn’t pass him and the positions stayed the same the whole race. I finally finished 4th because Nick Catsburg got a drive through penalty during the race.

The Sunday morning warm-up was under wet conditions and we only had time to do 2 laps before the red came out. I finished P1 with a 4 second gap and a great feeling from the car.

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Courtesy: K-Pax Racing

The start from Race 2 was a flying start as the conditions were bad and the Organisation thought that a standing start would be too dangerous. I had a good start behind the Cadillac and while he moved a bit to the left before the braking there was enough space on the right side for a car, so I decided to go there and try to brake later than the others. The car stopped really well and I was able to take the lead going on the outside from turn 1. Then I pulled a big gap in a few laps but unfortunately the Safety Car came out so I lost everything. I tried really hard to keep my tires warm under the safety car, as it was still raining and in these conditions every extra degree in the tires is a benefit. I had a great restart and the car was super consistent so I managed to win the race with more than a 30 second gap.

I would like to Thank K-PAX with Flying Lizard Motorsport which gave me a great car all weekend long and gave me the possibility to claim the 1st victory from the brand new McLarenGT 650S.

Tony Tellez

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