Caselle di Selvazzano Dentro (Padua, Italy), 15 April 2019 – It was a mixed start into the 2019 Blancpain GT Endurance Cup Series for Team Daiko Lazarus Racing at the legendary race track of Monza. The Team from Veneto arrived with one Lamborghini Huracán GT3 and excellent preconditions, but already on Friday afternoon dreams went up in smoke, just when it seemed that everything was going the right way.
The first lap time the Team set during the Free Practice session was more than encouraging: ninth overall place and second in the Silver class with 56 teams at the start. The excellent 1’48″995 were set by Fabrizio Crestani, only a couple of tenths of a second behind the virtual pole position. Crestani, as well as his team mates Nicolas Pohler (this is his third year with the Team led by Tancredi Pagiaro) and new-entry Kris Richard immediately had the right feeling for the car.
With only five minutes to go in Free Practice the 24-year-old Swiss driver Richard – who arrived in the Blancpain Championship from the TCR Europe Series – had a massive accident at the Ascari chicane exit. The impact destroyed the entire rear of the car – with chassis, engine and gearbox – while the driver was unhurt. Continuing the weekend was now impossible, considering that the regulations exclude the start of a spare car if one doesn’t want to start from the end of the enormous starting field.
“We decided to stop here. It’s a pity, because all three drivers showed that they are very quick. We concluded the session six tenth of a second behind the fastest team, with 13 official teams starting. We could have been amongst the top 5, but this time we weren’t lucky,” Team Principal Tancredi Pagiaro said. It also has to be said that in the first round of the Free Practice session, on a wet track, the Daiko Lazarus Racing Lamborghini was in third place. “We are sorry for our sponsors, who came here to support us at our home race,” Pagiaro added. “Amongst the visitors at our box we had also expected Irene Pivetti. Let’s say that we’ve got enough time to restart better.
The second race in the 2019 Blancpain GT Endurance Cup Series will be held at the English Silverstone circuit on the weekend of 11/12 May, while the first round in the 2019 GT Open Championship will be held in two weeks, on the weekend of 27/28 April, on the high-tech track of Le Castellet in the South of France. In the GT Open Championship Daiko Lazarus Racing will start with both of its Lamborghini Huracán GT3.