AFTER A ‘CALM YET WORRYING FRIDAY’ BOTH DRIVERS’ COUPLES FROM EAM DAIKO LAZARUS RACING LEAVE THE HOME RACE WITH THEIR HEADS HELD HIGH
Caselle di Selvazzano Dentro (Padua), 24 September 2018 –
The race weekend at Monza, the Team’s home race, didn’t really start the way the men and women from Daiko Lazarus Racing had hoped for. Two accidents during Free Practice on Friday with Miguel Ramos and Giuseppe Cipriani involved, with both drivers ending up in hospital for some prophylactic checks.
Despite the fact that both cars got severely damaged during the accidents, the Team from Veneto managed to set the two Lamborghini Huracán GT3 up perfectly for the first qualifying session held on Saturday, where the other two drivers were sent onto the track: Fabrizio Crestani and Toby Sowery. Crestani set the tenth fastest overall time (745 thousands of a second behind the pole position) and Sowery only five positions further back.
In Race 1 on Saturday afternoon everything worked as planned, at least as far as Crestani and Ramos were concerned. The Portuguese driver drove a perfect second stint, confirming that he had completely forgotten about the incident the day before. He constantly drove an extremely high race rhythm, crossing the line in fifth place in the PRO-AM class, ahead of the Mercedes with Tom Onslow-Cole and Valentin Pierburg, second in the Championship standings.
Meanwhile Sowery and Cipriani were less lucky, when the latter had to retire towards the end of the race when he got hit by another car, damaging the Huracàn number 28 too much to finish the race.
The second qualifying, held on Sunday morning, Ramos’ car was struggling with a gearbox problem and the Portuguese driver could now complete a regular fast lap with Race2 in sight. In the meantime Cipriani gained 20th position on the starting grid for Race2, announcing a proper pursuit race, where Ramos and Crestani crossed the line in 12th place, right in front of their teammates, valid fourth place in their class, ahead of their rivals with Mercedes.
All eyes are now on the last race of the 2018 season of the International GT Open Championship, which will be held at Barcelona on 20 and 21 October. Here, Daiko Lazarus Racing has to defend the 10-point lead on the PRO-AM class with Crestani-Ramos to end the season with a proper bang.