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Portuguese duo #ricardoporem and #filipepalmeiro win the 30th edition of Baja Portalegre 500 at the controls of a #mini ALL4 #racing. Porém enters the record books with his third consecutive win of Baja Portalegre 500. Munich. The 2016 FIA Cross Country World Cup ended with the final race, Baja Portalegre 500 (27-29/10/2016), taking place in Portugal. This race proved to be an exciting and fast paced world cup season ender that resulted with a #mini ALL4 #racing on the top step of the podium. #ricardoporem (POR)and co-driver #filipepalmeiro (POR) showcased a positive and carefully planned race that not only resulted with a #mini win, but also ended with Porém in the record book for winning his third consecutive Baja Portalegre 500. Talking after his race win, Porém said: “I’m absolutely speechless and happy to win third time in a row the Baja Portalegre. Everybody did a great job. I’m looking forward to have a big party with all of them.” #filipepalmeiro (POR) was equally jubilant with his first ever home win and was full of praise for the duo’s X-raid support team: “This was a great rally and I’m totally happy for my first victory in my hometown. We showed up with a super team and I have to thank all of them for the great job they did. Without you we would not have had the chance to win.” Baja Portalegre 500 wasn’t just the last race of the FIA Cross Country World Cup. It also served as a perfect setting for motorsport partner X-raid to hold a team building exercise – part of the all-important preparations ahead of the 2017 Dakar Rally (2- 14/01/2017). For this last weekend of the world cup season, X-raid served up a Baja Portalegre 500 support team that saw many X-raid regulars in job reversal roles. Such examples were X-raid Team Manager Sven Quandt taking on the roles of physiotherapist and photographer. Michel Périn (FR) used his co-driver skills and varied rally history to assume the position of team manager. Driver Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and two codrivers, Pete Mortensen (USA) and Paulo Fiúza (POR) took the responsibility as mechanics for Porém and Palmeiro.
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