Fresh from last week’s Monza victory, Iron Lynx continues to accumulate multiple podiums across three international championships, taking its drivers to the track this weekend in Spain and Italy.
While part of the Iron Lynx team remained in Italy for the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, the rest headed for Spain for the opening round of the European Le Mans Series where they took victory, and the Michelin Le Mans Cup, where the team secured a strong second place.
Back in Italy, Iron Lynx’s first foray into the GT World Challenge Endurance Cup at Monza resulted in impressive performances from Ferrari Driver Academy drivers, Callum Ilott and Antonio Fuoco, and Competizioni GT drivers Nicklas Nielsen, Davide Rigon, Alessandro Pier Guidi and experienced driver Côme Ledogar as they made audacious strategy calls in challenging weather, with the lead Iron Lynx car taking third in the Pro class.
This weekend marked a colossal, pan-European undertaking for the Iron Lynx squad, involving over one hundred team members including 17 drivers in the Iron Lynx stable of talent, plus dedicated engineers, mechanics and team management, all contributing to the unique competitiveness and professionalism which characterises the Iron Lynx approach.
Racing very much at the sharp end at iconic circuits all around Europe, Iron Lynx’s season has only just begun and will continue to inspire as the team looks ahead to even greater success in the weeks and months ahead.
Race Report – ELMS
Iron Lynx brought three Ferrari 488 GTEs to Barcelona with the firm expectation of improving on previous best finishes of 3rd in class in the European Le Mans Series. Early on in the race, Iron Lynx filled three of the top four positions and it was the #60 car piloted by Paolo Ruberti who led early on, before pitting after the first hour and handing the lead off to the #80 Iron Lynx Ferrari of Rino Mastronardi, whose team-mate Matteo Cressoni won a brief battle for the lead and pulled away from the competition before handing to local Ferrari Competizioni GT driver Miguel Molina, in his home race, to extend the lead to over a lap.
Iron Lynx driver Claudio Schiavoni and Giorgio Sernagiotto in the #60 car had a more challenging race after a contact with the Porsche #77 that damaged the rear diffuser of their car but managed to bring the Ferrari to the finish line in 5th place.
The all-female Iron Dames squad meanwhile, took the battle to the competition, having been shuffled back in the pack to 7th place but bold drives and assertive passes from Manuela Gostner, Michelle Gatting and latterly, Rahel Frey, put the black and pink machine into a competitive 4th place at the flag.
Local ace Miguel Molina praised the team after the race, “It was an amazing job from Iron Lynx, who gave me a really good car and extremely fast team-mates, we couldn’t wish for a better start to the season!”
Report – MLMC
In Saturday’s Michelin Le Mans Cup race at Barcelona, Iron Lynx and Rino Mastronardi were back to defend their 2020 title and started in fine form, taking pole position and battling hard for the lead during the first stint, before a safety car cruelly eliminated a ten second advantage. Mastronardi’s new Iron Lynx teammate Ruberti took up the battle in second place, defending his position and bringing the Ferrari home safely in 2nd place.
Report – GTWC
Iron Lynx and Ferrari Competizioni GT driver Nicklas Nielsen claimed the first point for the team on Saturday evening at Monza by taking a podium finish in the Fanatec Esports GT Pro Series. For the first time, virtual race results will also count towards Championship positions and the Dane drove a measured race, picking off his opposition and scoring a well-deserved podium spot ahead of the real-world race on Sunday.
The GT World Challenge Endurance Cup at Monza began briefly in dry weather but it wasn’t long before the first of a number of safety car periods began to shuffle the pack. Iron Lynx’s Davide Rigon, Competizioni GT driver, started the race well and ran in 6th place ahead of teammate Côme Ledogar before their stints ended. The battle was taken up by fellow Ferrari Driver Academy star Callum Ilott in the #71 Iron Lynx and Nielsen in the #51, before an audacious call for slicks which briefly dropped the cars to 19th and 20th before the strategy paid off and both Ferraris began scything through the field.
By the time they came to hand the cars over to Antonio Fuoco and , the Iron Lynx pair were 2nd and 3rd. Now with the track drying again, the two Italians made progress back through the field to run together in 4th and 5th, giving the lead Iron Lynx car a third place in the Pro class.