Caselle di Selvazzano Dentro (Padua), 31 July 2018
The race lasted only about a fourth of the distance over 24 Hours at the 70th edition of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps for the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 from Team Daiko Lazarus Racing: exactly six hours and 20 minutes, but during this time the Team really showed its strength.
It was a minor mechanical problem that stopped Fabrizio Crestani, Stefano Gattuso, Nicolas Pohler and Arno Santamato, but apart from that it was an absolutely positive weekend in Belgium.
This can be seen by the fact that at the end of Thursday’s qualifying, where the average of all drivers’ fastest lap is taken into account, that only some tenths of a second were missing to enter the Super Pole (the ten fastest out of a field of 65 cars at the start), while Crestani, Gattuso, Pohler and Santamato gained second place in the qualifying in the Silver Class.
This is an extraordinary result, while the race itself was unfortunate. During a pit stop after the sun had settled for a couple of hours, a nut broke, ending up inside the rim, whereupon this last element had to be cut.
At this point an impressive amount of time had been lost (around 30 laps) and the Team decided to retire from the race.
A real pity, because the drivers’ experience and the Team’s strategic abilities, combined with the Lamborghini’s potential, could have created an exceptional mix to go for a good overall result and a win in the class in the legendary race, where this year numerous spectators came to view the action.