Soomer Powers To Career Best 6th, Iozzo Slices Through The Pack For Racedays In Portimao
The undulating 2.8 mile Portimao circuit in Portugal was the scene for a return to racing action for the Racedays Team, with riders Hannes Soomer (World Supersport) and Dino Iozzo (World Supersport 300) keen to get back on track after the lengthy summer break.
Soomer, was on form from the very first Free Practice, cementing his place in Tissot-Superpole before racing to a career best 6th at the flag. The Estonian making the most of an impressive qualifying performance to show his potential at the sharp end of the WorldSSP field.
The #38 has his eyes firmly on a repeat performance or better in the final three rounds of the year.
On the other side of the garage, talented South African teenager Dino Iozzo once again showed he is a Sunday man, improving twelve positions from his starting position to finish 23rd in the penultimate round of WorldSSP300.
Iozzo, who is racing in Europe for the first time, continues to impress as he learns circuits that are new to him quickly and come race day digs deep to show without question that he is a ‘racer’.
Mike Dickinson – Team Manager:
“A really good start to second half of the championship for the Racedays Team. Lots of hard work over the summer break really paid off this weekend in Portimao. Hannes had a fantastic result with an incredible best ever finish of 6th place. He was quick right from FP1 and qualified a very respectable 10th place. The whole team would like to congratulate him on his hard work over the summer and his achievement this weekend. Dino was also on fine form come Sunday after initially struggling to come to terms with the very challenging Portimao circuit. I would personally like to thank to whole team for another great job this weekend and like I always say, hard work pays off.”
“I am really happy about the work done, not only this weekend but over the whole summer break. The team worked really good this weekend and we had good speed straight from FP1, and this made our life much easier. I am very satisfied with the final result and cannot wait to continue from here in Magny-Cours in two weeks. Huge thanks to the whole team and everybody involved. The whole team deserved this result and puts us in a good place for France.”
“Not the best weekend I have had this year but then I have never ridden at any circuit like Portimao before. It took me longer than usual to understand the cambers and gradients, and trying to put a lap together here is difficult. The team and I worked really hard to get the setting right for Sunday’s race and I am happy to say that it was a good race. I was able to move up from 35th on the grid to 23rd. A tough weekend, but enjoyable at the same time, we can now move onto Magny-Cours for the last race of my first year racing in the World Championship. Big thanks to my team for all the hard work.”
Phots courtesy of Vaclav Duska jnr.