Theeba Motorsport battles to top five finish at Paul Ricard

Theeba Motorsport battles to top five finish at Paul Ricard

May 21, 2022
International GT Open

Theeba Motorsport took pole position in the second round of the 2022 International GT Open Championship, going on to score solid points in the opening race.

In the morning’s qualifying session, Adam Christodoulou managed to put the Mercedes-AMG GT3 EVO onto the front row.

Competing against Axcil Jefferies for the position, Adam pushed his car ahead on his last flying lap, managing a best time of 2:00:313, over half a second ahead of Jefferies.

He continued his rapid pace into the start of the race and swiftly pulled away to establish a commanding lead over the field.

His solid work was undone by a Safety Car when Dino Steiner stopped on track, just several minutes before the pit window opened.

The team adapted well to the setback, with Adam extending his first stint until the end of the pit window to re-establish a solid lead.

He would then hand over to team-mate Reema Juffali.

Having served a 20 second time penalty as a result of victory in Estoril last time out, Reema battled hard to maintain fifth in class and seventh overall.

Overcoming attrition elsewhere in the field, she soon became embroiled in an exciting late duel with Alain Valente as he chased for fifth.

Reema's superb defending against Valente meant she held onto fifth in Pro-Am and seventh overall.

Reema Juffali, Founder & Driver, Theeba Motorsport

"Adam did such a great job today. He built a gap that was unfortunately hurt by the Safety Car, and we had a success penalty that we had to serve during the pitstop, too. Early on the car felt good, but midway through my run I started getting a bit of understeer and I lost a place because of that. But through consistency, I came back stronger. Today was a good experience and I feel like I know what I need to do to improve tomorrow.”

Adam Christodoulou, Driver, Theeba Motorsport

"We started on pole position, and I made sure I covered my lead into Turn One and Two. Then the Safety Car came out so the advantage that I pulled ended up being neutralised. Alongside our success penalty, that meant Reema came out into the midfield for her stint. Finishing fifth is a good result when you consider all of those factors, but it's a bit frustrating as I feel like we deserved more."

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