Tatiana Calderon will be aiming to conclude her maiden European Le Mans Series season with another strong performance in this weekend’s Portimao season finale.
The Colombian rising star is set for her final appearance of an unusual ELMS season in the 4 Hours of Portimao, once again lining up alongside fellow female drivers Beitske Visser and Sophia Floersch at the wheel of the No.50 Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca.
Following solid showings in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the most recent ELMS race at Monza, Tatiana is eager to deliver another strong result that can ensure the Signatech-run outfit can conclude its debut ELMS season inside the top 10 of the teams’ standings.
The Portimao track itself has been back in the spotlight recently as it played host to Formula 1 for the first time last weekend, and Tatiana has experience of the Algarve-based venue from when she raced there in European Formula 3 back in 2015.
Its combination of undulation changes, challenging corners and a recently resurfaced track are sure to make the final round of the season a big challenge, particularly in the cool autumn temperatures the teams and drivers are likely to face.
Tatiana and the whole team will now seek to put together everything they’ve learned from the season so far and push to the maximum to round off the campaign in the best way possible.
Tatiana Calderón: “It’s hard to believe it is already the last round of the ELMS season! It’s been a while since I last raced at Portimao, and after watching the Formula 1 race there last weekend, I was reminded of how challenging the circuit is with its ups and downs and blind corners. It will be my first time driving it in a prototype, and it seems the new surface will probably make it a different animal to what it was. The cool temperatures and the wind are also sure to make it even more tricky. Every time we race with Richard Mille Racing team we keep getting better and better, and we’ll be pushing hard to maintain our top-10 championship position. Our aim has to be finishing the year on a high.”
PORTIMAO WEEKEND TIMETABLE
(All times GMT and subject to change)
Friday October 30
Free Practice 1 – 1140
Saturday October 31
Free Practice 2 – 0800
Qualifying (LMP2) – 1255
Sunday November 1
Race - 1100