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Team Virage returned to the track at Barcelona with confidence after two successful days of the ELMS Prologue. Topping the charts in LMP3 and the night session in LMP2 on day one, the team displayed solid performance throughout testing, setting the stage for a promising start to the season.

During the long runs on Friday the #8 car was able to place P3 and continue its fast pace round the Catalonian track. The #19 was showing great pace as well when Tony Wells was able to put in a strong lap time during the bronze test good enough for P4.

Saturday was a had a great deal of excitement, during FP2 the #8 car was able to go fastest in the session and hopes were high for the afternoon session. In an impressive showing during qualifying, both Gillian Henrion and Tony Wells secured P2 in their respective classes for the 4 Hours of Barcelona, setting the stage for a competitive race day.

Sunday witnessed an extraordinary performance from drivers Julien Gerbi, Bernardo Pinheiro, and Gillian Henrion in the #8 car during the 4 Hours of Barcelona. Seizing the lead from lap one, the #8 car dominated the race, overcoming various on-track incidents to clinch victory in the LMP3 category and secure Team Virage’s first win in the ELMS. Marking a very historic day for the team.

Meanwhile, the #19 car showcased strong performance, running in the top half of the pack with all drivers displaying great pace. Despite a great effort, an unfortunate incident occurred when a lapped LMP2 car shunted into the side of the car, causing it to hit the wall and forcing it into retirement.

Reflecting on the weekend’s achievements, Team Virage remains optimistic and focused on the challenges ahead as they turn their sights to the next race at Paul Ricard.

Next round of the ELMS will be at Le Castellet between the 2nd and 5th of May.