09 May 2016 — Starting from back in the field, Lazaros Filippakos picked off seven positions to finish in second place in the Estoril ’88 VTA-2L in Round 4 of the Vintage Tourring Car Challenge series.
Driving the Ford Escort Mk1, Filippakos spent the majority of 14 laps total leading Paulo Couto after engaging and passing him on the fifth lap, coming from as many as four spots back. Filippakos got around Couto and into second place on lap 5, and defended it against pressure by Couto the remaining 11 laps to the conclusion.
Filippakos remains in the lead of the standings, two points ahead of Csaba Lakó. Filippakos has four starts and led eight of his 68 laps while taking the victory once.
Csaba Lakó led every lap from first-place start to first-place finish.
Driving the Datsun 510, Lakó spent all of 12 laps total leading Lazaros Filippakos after being engaged by him on the first lap. Lakó controlled the race lead every lap from green flag to win.
Lakó remains in second in the standings, cutting the gap to first’s Lazaros Filippakos to two points. Lakó has four starts and led 42 of his 68 laps while taking the victory twice.
Francesco Deleo made his 200th career start and took fifth place.
Driving the Alfa Romeo GTA, Deleo started the race in the third spot and caught Porfirio Dias Santos for fifth on the fourth lap. Deleo got around Dias Santos and into fifth place on lap 4, and held it the remaining 11 laps to the checkered flag.
Deleo moves up to sixth in the standings, 17 points behind Porfirio Dias Santos. Deleo has three starts and finished as high as fifth.
In the 200 career starts taken by Deleo, he has driven the Alfa Romeo GTA three times. This was the first time he matched the car against the circuit at Estoril ’88.
Vintage Tourring Car Challenge series moves on to its fifth and final round in a week at Circuito da Boavista. The series has 16 drivers competing for points in the championship.
Lazaros Filippakos leads the championship in a tight campaign over Csaba Lakó, separated by just a couple grid spots. The title continues to be challenged by Paulo Couto and Antonio Tavares as well. The Top 5 places are an open ring for seven drivers in the running with one race remaining.
Paulo Couto captured third place.
Driving the Lotus Cortina, Couto spent the majority of 14 laps total pursuing Lazaros Filippakos after being engaged and passed by him on the fifth lap. In the end Couto settled into third the 11 laps running to the conclusion.
Couto moves up to third in the standings, 18 points behind Csaba Lakó. Couto has three starts and finished as high as second.