24 Oct 2016 — Joao Botelho De Sousa took ninth place in the Snetterton Polo93 in Round 3 of the VW Polo Trophy Season 4 series.
Botelho De Sousa mixed it up with Naomi Makin in a long and persistent fight for ninth starting midway through, running within a couple turns of each other over a span of 11 laps. Botelho De Sousa drove the majority pursuing Makin after being caught and passed by her on lap 9. Botelho De Sousa launched an extended challenge at Makin midway through, staying within a couple turns behind her and gaining ground over an unbroken run of seven laps. Botelho De Sousa got around Makin and into ninth place on lap 16, and held it the remaining couple laps to the conclusion.
Botelho De Sousa drops to sixth in the standings, now tied in points with fifth’s Luís Almeida following Almeida’s eighth-place finish. Botelho De Sousa has three starts and finished as high as sixth.
VW Polo Trophy Season 4 series moves on to Round 4 in a week at Barbagallo Wannero. The series has 16 drivers competing for points in the championship.
Nuno Gaiteira leads the championship in a tight campaign over Ricardo Gomes, separated by just a few grid positions. The title continues to be challenged by Mark Carty, Porfirio Dias Santos, Luís Almeida, Joao Botelho De Sousa, Naomi Makin, Manuel Alves, Octavio Correia, Ashley Bevis, Michele Boffelli, Juan Aul, and Everett Dumont as well. The Top 5 places are an open field for 16 drivers in the running with two races remaining.