Mark Sumpter and Mike Jordan scored another sixth place in the Paragon Porsche-backed Porsche 911GT3RS during the ninth and penultimate round of the FIA GT Championship at Estoril over the weekend.

However, the second Paragon-supported car of David and Godfrey Jones failed to finish, posting a retirement after just over one-third of the race when a front wheel failed.

The challenging Portuguese track presented a new challenge for the team and Mark and Mike used the free practice sessions on Friday to learn the track and tune the car in to the circuit. In qualifying on Saturday, they posted eighth fastest time in the ultra-competitive N-GT category.

Jordan took the opening stint of the race and pulled off a daring start, charging from eighth to fourth by the first corner. "An opening just came and I went for it," explained Mike. In his first stint of almost 75 minutes, Mike ran strongly with the leading N-GT cars in of the Paragon car's most impressive performances of the season.

Mark took over after 75 minutes and ran a strong hour-long stint to keep them well in contention before the second pit stop. Although they dropped to sixth place, it was still an excellent result as Mike took the car out for the final 45 minutes of the race.

"The team did a great job and it all clicked really well," reported Mark. "It was a tough circuit to learn, so we were really pleased to run strongly with the pacesetters in N-GT."

 

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