An experience from far back in time
Team Lazarus was founded by Tancredi Pagiaro (who had already founded GP Racing in the year 1997) and turned the team into a point of reference in the GP2 Series for drivers, managers as well as organisers. The initial goal was to race in the different categories in international single-seater competitions. Still today the headquarter of the team is the modern building in Caselle, part of the town of Selvazzano Dentro, with it’s 22,000 inhabitants close to Padua. A place where the long tradition of motorsport is kept alive today.
Debut in the GP2 series together with DPR
In the year 2009 the team creates a partnership with David Price’s DPR, founded in 1976, to participate in the GP2 Series, the Formula One feeder series. In 2009 Michael Herck, Giacomo Ricci, Franck Perera and Johnny Cecotto jr. are taking turns on the track. While the Belgian driver takes part in every single race of the season with the single-seater number 26, the man from Milan, the Frenchman and the driver from Venezuela share the Dallara-Renault with number 27: the first four races the Italian, from the fifth to the eight the man from France and the Venezuelan in the ninth and tenth round. Although the Italian-British Team has lots of knowledge, they won’t go beyond a final 13th place in the overall standings (zero points) and an eighth place for Michael Herck in the Sprint race at Silverstone, followed by two ninth places in England and Belgium. In the Euro 3000 Series, with the races in Portimão, Magny-Cours and Zolder, the team gained seventh place thanks to twelve points with Michael Herck and the Brazilian Diego Nunes, while in France and Belgium Michael Delle Stelle, the Italian Formula 3 Champion, had unlucky races.
Two in one: Auto GP and feeder series
The Team from Padua is an extremely dynamic group and it is know that it never gives up, also when it comes to new technical challenges. In the year 2010 the men from Padua started in the Auto GP Championship, where they would participate for the following two years exclusively with Italian drivers. First with Fabio Onidi, who, in the twelve races of the season, gained 24 points and an eighth final place amongst the drivers aka a sixth place in the teams’ classification. In 2011 the man from Milan was joined by another single-seater driven by Fabrizio Crestani from Treviso. In the second season, participating in the Championship, the Team gained a victory (Fabio at Monza) and a pole position (Fabrizio at Oschersleben) over the seven race weekends as well as a third place in the final teams’ classification thanks to the 92 and 99 points collected by Crestani and Onidi respectively (sixth and fifth place amongst the drivers). It has to be said that the Team managed by Tancredi Pagiaro could have also won the race in Budapest with Fabio Onidi if it hadn’t been for an enormous mistake made by the Safety Car, which cost the Team 25 precious points, which would have been useful for a final success. 2010 was also the second year of the Lazarus-DPR partnership in the GP2 Series with 28 points at the end of the season: victory in race 2 in Budapest, second place in Barcelona, third place in Valencia and further good results in Turkey, Spain and Hungary with the drivers Giacomo Ricci, Fabrizio Crestani and Michael Herck. In the Formula One feeder series Lazarus/DPR gained third place in the teams’ standings (one point behind the second placed) in the GP2 Asia Series 2009-2010 thanks to an excellent performance by Michael Herck and Giacomo Ricci at Abu Dhabi and Sakhir, including a victory at the season’s last race as well as a second and a third place.
Only GP2 with support from Venezuela!
In February 2012 it was announced that the Italian racing team Venezuela GP Lazarus, supported by public capital from the Latin-American country, had taken over the slot from Super Nova Racing in the GP2 Series. The first year in the Formula One feeder series was indistinct for the debuting team with four drivers: Fabrizio Crestani (13 races), promoted from Auto GP to the higher level, the Spaniard Sergio Canamasas (10), the Austrian René Binder (6) and the Venezuelan Giancarlo Serenelli (18). The best result gained by the drivers around Tancredi Pagiaro was one point for the Italian in Sepang at the first race of the season. In the end this meant 24th place in the final standings for him, ahead of his teammates Canamasas and Serenelli (27th) and Binder (31st).
2013 almost entirely Made-in-Italy
In the year 2013 the Team from Padua spoke almost entirely Italian. Three Italian drivers took turns behind the wheels of the cars started by Venezuela GP Lazarus in the GP2 Series. René Binder in the Dallara-Mècachrome number 24, Fabrizio Crestani, who was ready to race for rookie Kevin Giovesi (who didn’t show up at the race in Silverstone, creating some serious problems for the team to find a driver with experience on this kind of car) and Vittorio Ghirelli. What was the outcome of this season? The almost-rookie from Austria could fight for a place amongst the Top 10 more than once, thus gaining 11 points and 23rd place in the final standings. In Malaysia he gained seventh place in the qualifying, in Bahrein he unjustifiably received a drive-through penalty when in P7 with only a few laps to go. In Monte Carlo he gained a brilliant seventh and sixth place and an eighth place in Race 2 at Monza. Venezuela GP Lazarus concluded 2013 with a total of 12 points, 13th final place in the teams’ standings.
2014: rookie couple attacking
2014 started with two new drivers, both non-Italians: Nathanaël Berthon from France and rookie Conor Daly from the USA. At the end of the season Venezuela GP Lazarus gained 13th place in the teams’ standings thanks to 19 points collected by the drivers. The Frenchman gained a fourth place in Race 2 at Budapest, just missing a place on the podium, two eighth places (in Race 1 at the Hockenheim and in Race 1 in Hungary) as well as a tenth place at Sotchi. The US-American crossed the line seventh at Budapest. Twice, in Italy and in Russia, Sergio Campana from Reggio Emilia went onto the track, taking over from the American and crossing the line 15th and 20th respectively.
Straight on the podium in the 2015 GP2 Series
The 2015 season for Daiko Team Lazarus – renamed for the new main sponsor – distinguished itself by highs and lows, which is rather normal in the world of professional motorsport.
At the season’s first race the Team showed up with Nathanaël Berthon and the Swiss rookie Zoel Amberg, who had to stop racing mid-season due to physical problems after an accident at the race in Monte Carlo. His seat was taken for one race by the Swiss Patrick Niederhauser and then by the expert driver from Spain Sergio Canamasas. The Frenchman and the Spaniard gained 15th place in the overall classification with 27 points each. The best results of the season were a third place in the Sprint Race in the first round in Bahrein by Berthon (seventh in Sakhir in Race 2 and in Race 1 at Spa-Francorchamps) and a seventh place by Canamasas in the “short” race at Monza. Thanks to the points gained by Nathanaël and Sergio the Team from Veneto concluded the season in 10th place and 31 points.
2015: amazing debut in the world of Lamborghini
A modern Team always looking for a challenge: Daiko Team Lazarus found it with the Lamborghini Huracán LP620-2. 2015 was the year of the challenge in the GP2 Series and the Blancpain Super Trophy, organised by the manufacturer from Sant’Agata Bolognese with the brand-new supercar dedicated to motorsport. The car with the legendary livery used by the Team from Veneto started in Europe and also at the Finale Mondiale in Sebring with two old mates of Tancredi Pagiaro: Sergio Campana and Fabrizio Crestani. The men from Reggio-Emilia and Treviso, “managing” the supercar number 26 in the PRO Class gained an eighth overall place at the World Finals in the USA (a record with the 66 participating teams!) as well as a fourth final position thanks to the 84 points collected with numerous places on the podium in Italy, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and the USA, starting with a second place at the debut race in Monza.