Bent Visca finished the second WEC race of the season in sixth place. The Dutchman, who shone in the red of Prema Racing, had started on P8. De Tukker would of course have preferred to take the win, but says that accelerating and bringing the car home in one piece was successful. The driver from Albergen has again made an impression.
Viscaal had some setbacks in the previous WEC race in Sebring, but managed to make up for it in Portugal on the weekend of April 14-16. The 23-year-old already impressed in practice ahead of the Portimāo six hours and continued to do so on the Sunday of the race weekend. Juan Manuel Correa, who drove the first stint in the Prema car, had some trouble keeping up with the front runners, but Viscaal knew what to do. De Tukker was able to record the fastest stint average of his entire Prema team.
‘I am happy with my own performance’, says Viscaal in a press release. “Of course I would have preferred to take the win, but endurance races are unpredictable and incredibly hard.” The Prema driver said they were blocked in qualifying by another team, losing their connection to the front of the grid for the race. “All I could do was accelerate and drag the car across the finish line in one piece. That worked out well,” says the 23-year-old.
Keep it cool: ‘That’s how the results will follow’
De Tukker did not have an easy weekend in Portugal, but is certainly satisfied with what he himself has achieved. It is and remains a team sport, but the fact that he drove the fastest stint is something special. ‘That gives me a very good feeling’, says Viscaal. “The weekend was quite difficult, but I did my best to keep my cool. Then the results will follow of their own accord’, the Prema driver continues. “I am grateful to my team for this weekend, it is fantastic to come out with such a wonderful group of people. Now we’re going to Spa!’, concludes Viscaal, who will be back in action in two weeks’ time during the six hours of Spa-Francorchamps.