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RLR BMW GT Challenge: Heartbreak for both crews on the Mountain

West Competition Racing could have won the Bathurst race with any car. For reasons out of our control, it wasn't to be and we've had enough of these gloomy headlines.

Hundreds of practice laps. A smart qualifying strategy. Everything was set for an interesting battle at Mount Panorama, where Alex Cascatău was tasked to place the car on the grid for the two hour race. Fourth at the start, third in Turn One and second one lap later, after an elegant pass round the outside of the championship leaders. By lap 11, Alex was already in the lead of the race, as rivals faltered though no fault of their own.

As the pit window opened, fortunes changed for the worse: Cascatău was leading by almost 10 seconds, but there was no teammate to pass the car to. Victor Nicolae suffered a hardware malfunction (also known as ”freeze”), leaving the Aqirys Racing pair empty-handed at Bathurst, just when they were at their most confident following two weeks of refininng solutions together with Filep Race Engineering.

The Textar eSports car was placed fifth on the grid by Mihai Rusu, who prevailed in a duel with the previous two races pole sitter Dragoș Simion. Fourth became first after the pitstops and the aforementioned DNFs, leaving Cezar Toader to defend against double RLR champion Cristian Berindea. Clenched teeth and massive pressure amounted to a dramatic conclusion, as Toader was tagged into a spin and hit the wall. Nursing an ailing car home, he could only manage fifth place in a race that promised so much.

Only 0,5 points separate the WCR cars in the general standings, currently 3rd and 4th. Revenge will be sought at Laguna Seca, in a one hour contest that takes place on the 21st of February. Meanwhile, our four drivers will represent the nation at the Romania vs Greece invitational two hour multiclass race at Spa-Francorchamps on the 19th of February. Alex and Mihai chose the Mercedes-AMG GT3, while Victor Nicolae (Alpine) and Cezar Toader (McLaren) defend the honors in the GT4 category.

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