16 Oct 2016 — Mario Rocha won 14th place in the Koda Factory Portugal – GP GroupC in the opening round of the Group C Atlantic Motorsport series.
Rocha traded positions multiple rounds with Porfirio Dias Santos in a lengthy and determined battle for 16th from the early stages, passing each other five times over a span of 27 laps. Rocha drove the majority pursuing Dias Santos after catching him on lap 7, coming from as many as five spots back. Rocha passed Dias Santos for the third time and into 14th place when Dias Santos retired on lap 43, and kept it the final few laps to the checkered flag.
Group C Atlantic Motorsport series moves on to Round 2 in two weeks at Sebring Int’l – 12 Hour. The series has 18 drivers competing for points in the championship.
Eduardo Beninca leads the championship in a tight campaign over Ricardo Demateo, separated by just a couple grid spots. The title continues to be challenged by Daniel Gomez, Darien Bailey, Damian Baldi, Edson Archela, Andy Bruno, Indra Feryanto, Ze Jesus, Harris Muhammad, Marcelo Aiello, Rob Milliken, Flavio Costa, Mario Rocha, Porfirio Dias Santos, Nick Phillips, Nando Ferreira, and Juan Puyo as well. The Top 5 places are an open field for 18 drivers in the running with four races remaining.