Adriano Medeiros

Short but Sweet…

I was delighted to be given a last minute chance to jump back into a Lotus Evora (albeit a GT4 rather than its big brother, the GTE) and have another run in the Britcar 24hr at Silverstone with Cor Euser’s very experienced team. I was joining Scotland’s Alastair McKinnon and Americans Jim Brodie and Hal Prewitt – this was Jim’s 63rd 24-hour race giving a collective experience of over 100 such races between us!

Friday’s qualifying session was used to give each driver a brief feel for the car and track and to complete the requisite number of laps. Cor also jumped in to make sure he was qualified and helped us to capture Class 3 pole. Even more encouragingly, the night session turned wet shortly after the start and showed the car to be extremely competitive in such conditions – Cor reporting that I was the second quickest overall in the wet despite having done less than ten laps in the car!

As we lined up on the grid, hopes were riding high that a trouble-free drive could yield a very strong result. Alastair started well, holding second in class and running in a pack of cars as the Class 1 leaders sprinted away. However, after just seven laps disaster struck as the front right suspension ball joint failed on the way into the Maggotts-Becketts complex and Alastair reacted superbly to maintain control
and avoid a huge crash. He limped round and the team did an incredible job to get the car going again in around forty minutes, albeit now down in 32nd place with a huge gap to the cars in front.

Despite initial concerns about not having had time to properly re-align the wheels, the car was handling beautifully as firstly Alastair and then Hal and Jim put in some strong, consistent stints to slowly reel in the field. By the time I jumped in, night had well and truly fallen and we had reclaimed a few places to be 28th overall but still firmly last in class.

I was told I would be doing a double stint, so I needed to look after the tyres – advice I naturally replied positively to in the pits and promptly ignored once behind the wheel… The car felt fabulous and the corner lights were so good that I could clearly see each corner apex and push hard immediately. The laps times quickly fell into a 2.18-2.20 range which I was able to maintain consistently for the next three hours, generally third fastest overall (to the Mosler and GT3 Ginetta) and a good 10 seconds or more quicker than the majority of the field.
An early safety car enabled me to extend the run by making a quick splash-and-dash pit stop, but the tyres held up superbly – although they were literally down to the threads by the end! (The chief mechanic giving me something of a confused / “you nutter” look when commenting that I had managed another 2.18 on them moments before pitting…)

I was hoping that I’d done enough to pull us back into contention with the pack, but a small round of applause as I was welcomed back into the garage revealed that we’d climbed from 28th to 12th overall and 4th in class, just two laps off class third! Very pleasing!!

Alastair picked up the baton and kept up the strong momentum into the early hours, followed by Hal towards the half way point of the race. By this stage we were back up to an incredible 6th overall and 2nd in class, whilst steadily reeling the class leader in. Unfortunately though as Hal was on his in-lap he felt the paddle-shift gearbox beginning to refuse to select and by the time he reached the pits we were left with a box of neutrals. A thorough inspection revealed it was the internal selector mechanism which would require a full gear box change – a matter of many hours on this road-car variant. And so it was with much regret that the shutter doors came down and our heroic fightback
came to nought, the sight of a stationary Lotus just a little too familiar….

It was great to be back on track again and have a good run. Failures like this, whilst always disappointing, are part of what make endurance racing so hard. It was also lovely to catch up with a few fans (you all know who you are!!)
Fingers crossed I will be back out on track again soon…


“Err .. Did I bring the wrong outfit..?”

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Aluizio Coelho at Copa Montana – Brazil




Aluizio Coelho had been at the Christians in Motorsport AGM, this year, brother in JESUS Christ Aluizio was a Formula Renault champion in 1998 and the prize for the champion was a test at Williams F1 car.


In 1999 Aluizio was Jenson Button’s team mate. Today the driver is participating in the Feeder Series for the main championship in Brazil, the Copa Caixa Stock Car.


Aluizio is confident for the race weekend as he believes in the team, which has a great history in motorsport in Brasil, and trusts that he knows the car better for a good result in Curitiba this weekend.


CIM members can pray for our brother in CHRIST who is in Brasil doing what he does best for the Honor and Glory of GOD almighty.

Adriano Medeiros



GT Trophy at Brands GP.

Brands Hatch GP for the GT Throphy.

The weekend was very eventfull, but it was great to be back at the wheel and drive around  such a great circuit. The GP is a really good, quick track and the porsche a great car to drive. Its very challenging to drive a porsche anywhere. It’s a car that requires a lot from the driver.

This race weekend had to be the race weekend for the mechanics.  At the start Chris Bentley (my team mate) had a accident with a lamborghini which brought us to the pits for a long period and put us down to more than 30 laps behind. Then came the team…What a great job!  There was quite a lot of damage and they did all very well.

Chris went back to the track and we swapped places with 2h and a half to finish. During my stint I had a camera on board on the floor going from place to place, sometimes underneath the accelerator sometimes under the clutch. It was really hard to drive and keep kicking the camera all the time.

It was dificult to deal with some backmarkers, I did loose feel laps behind a Ferrari 430 driven by a gentleman driver. This kind of situation is not easy as the 430 is powerfull and the driver almost stopped on the apex of the corners. I asked the team to talk to his team, but seems like he doesnt care. So I managed to pass.

After an hour my rear tyre blew up. On times like this that I understand how good GOD is. The tyre blowing up on Continue reading