Caselle di Selvazzano Dentro (Padua), 11 June 2018
SOWERY (TOGETHER WITH CIPRIANI) CONSTANTLY AMONGST THE QUICKEST
The third of seven rounds in the 2018 International GT Open Championship was held at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit with several surprises for the two drivers’ couples starting with the Huracáns from Daiko Lazarus Racing.
Fabrizio Crestani and Miguel Ramos gained their fifth place on the podium in a row after a third and a second place in the PRO-AM class on the occasion of the previous race held at Paul Ricard and two second places at the opening race at Estoril. On the weekend at Spa they drove their Lamborghini Huracán GT3 onto second place in their class in the first of the two races over the weekend. In Race 1 Crestani showed great determination in his stint with an incredible pursuit race after he had taken over the car from his teammate Ramos, who had driven himself a very solid stint. In the end the car crossed the line in tenth overall position.
On Sunday, in Race 2, Crestani-Ramos had a 20-second handicap due to the results gained in the earlier races. With those long seconds added at the pit stop it was actually impossible to go beyond a 15th overall place in the race, which would have meant a fifth place in the PRO-AM class.
The Italian-Portuguese drivers’ couple brought home some important points for the Championship and they are still leading the PRO-AM class with three points ahead of second-placed Tom Onslow-Cole and Valentin Pierburg with the extremely competitive Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Also Toby Sowery and Giuseppe Cipriani concluded both races on Saturday and Sunday, while they couldn’t get beyond a 19th place. For Sowery it was the first time on such a demanding track like here in the Belgian Ardennes behind the wheel of a GT3 car. However the young Englishman immediately drove the seventh fastest time in Friday in Free Practice right behind his teammates’ car number 27.
In the qualifying on Saturday, Sowery set the 10th fastest time, which meant the second fastest time for a Lamborghini. In Race 2 he drove the second fastest race lap amongst the supercars from Sant’Agata Bolognese, while it was Crestani in Race 1, who was the quickest amongst the Lamborghini drivers. This shows the impressive balance between the two cars started by Daiko Lazarus Racing.
“Considering that the current BoP is not really beneficial for the Huracán GT3 supercars, we can say that without that handicap time we could have been amongst the four top runners in the overall classification in Race 2,” Team Principal Tancredi Pagiaro commented. “Having said that I think that we had a positive weekend here, where we couldn’t have done any better.”
The next round in the International GT Open Championship will be held at the Hungaroring on the weekend of 7/8 July.