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6 ore di Roma, Vallelunga, 17/11/2013

Markus Palttala finished 5th overall and 4th in class in the traditional 6-hour race held in Vallelunga Circuit near Rome. Palttala shared the Porsche GT3-RSR with long-time friend and JWA-Avila team owner Paul Daniels.

“It was good to be back with Paul and see all the guys from the team. They haven’t been racing since finishing the WEC program end of 2012, so it was more about getting out there and have fun racing. We drove the 2008-spec RSR instead of the newer one we ran last year and it was clear that the modern GT2 and GT3 cars are quite a lot faster. Still, it was good fun and I got my share of track time doing almost 5 hours of driving in the race and it was pretty tough without a drink system. We kept it going and did no mistakes and getting into top 5 was great. Of course, it would’ve been even better with a class podium which was real close.”

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FIA World Endurance Championship, Shanghai, 9/11/2013

Markus Palttala took the chequered flag in 2nd position in the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship keeping the title chances of IMSA Performance Matmut and teammates Raymond Narac and Jean-Karl Vernay alive until the final round in Bahrain end of this month.

“With Fuji becoming a non-starter, it was great to be back in real action in the WEC. I’m obviously delighted to stand on the podium with my teammates and to have helped them to take a step forward in their title challenge. We got this result due to faultless work by everyone in the team and all 3 drivers but we still need to improve our outright performance to be able to win in Bahrain. Everyone at IMSA Performance Matmut is very motivated and I’m happy to be part of this successful team sharing the Porsche GT3-RSR #76 with two great drivers. Just 9 points separate the 3 top teams and driver crews, so it’ll be an interesting fight in 3 weeks!”

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