Bobby Verdon-Roe, British-born but now based in Portugal, will be heading for his 'home' race at Estoril this weekend in the knowledge that his team, Creation Autosportif, has finally claimed its first podium of the season.

With the team's #6 Lister Storm a regular finisher in the points, the podium had nevertheless eluded them prior to the last round of the FIA GT series in Germany.

"We are all thoroughly excited after the excellent Oschersleben result," Verdon-Roe explained, "However, we are still slower than the Lister Racing Storms - we need to gain a second a lap, but I know we can do it."

BV-R's confidence appears well-placed, having persuaded an old friend to help out on the blue and yellow cars this weekend.

"We will be joined by my former engineer Alan Mugglestone, who was with me when I won the Formula Renault championship in 1991," he revealed, "We'll have to see how it goes. Estoril is very much my home race and, despite the championship being so competitive, I think we can realistically aim for another podium."

Verdon-Roe's personal aim is to be the highest-placed Lister driver by the end of the season - he is currently ten points behind works pilot Andrea Piccini with two races remaining.

Creation team principal Ian Bickerton was pleased with his team's result in Germany, and was confident that the Verdon-Roe/Marco Zadra combination could be a potent one in Portugal.

"Watch out!" he warned, "Estoril is Bobby's home track, we've made a few more tweaks to the car, and he is well fired up!

"Marco Zadra has improved enormously too, and I think he is now up with the best second drivers. In the other car, [Jean-Marc] Gounon is a great guy and is working very hard, doing a really good job, along with Paul Knapfield.

"Now we have been on the podium - at long last - we want to stay there. Our aim now is to get third place in the teams' championship."

 

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