Not without reason the King of Portugal is called The Ultimate Iberian Race. From the first to the last of its 368 kilometers of race the 62 teams present had to fight hard to get to the end. A goal dreamed of by many and not at all achieved. The Portuguese team Tuff 4×4 are the winners of the King of Portugal 2018.
Unfortunately almost all the top drivers of Ultra4 Europe (Jim Marsden, Nicolas Montador, Pier Acerni, Axel Burmann and many others) had to retire due to mechanical problems of various kinds. The only one who seemed to have saved himself from this massacre was the Englishman Rob Butler who, after winning the prologue, followed by the Italian Acerni, dominated the whole day on Friday winning the first provisional position. On Saturday, after starting to take the victory of the King of Portugal, Butler had to give up his dream and retire due to an unexpected problem with the hydraulic steering system.
With all the big players out of the games, the outsiders gave a show and started their battle to win King of Portugal. Even for them it was not easy to reach the final goal but they managed to show their full value.
The victory in the Ulimited category went to the Portuguese Tuff 4×4 (Jorge Araujo and Diogo Barros), followed in second place by the compatriots of the team Preparacoes Badinho 4×4 (Pedro Costa and Bruno Silv) and finally third the Spanish of Buda Xtreme (Inaki Lanzagorta and Javi Otaegi). It is a must to report success and victory in the Legend category of the English team, husband and wife, Phoenix (Mark Dean and Vivienne Hodkinson). In the Modified class the winner was Nordhigiene Team and in the Stock MD TTeam.