The Dames are on the podium at the European Le Mans Series and the Lynx’s get on that of the Michelin Le Mans Cup after their third pole out of three. For the Italian Team, its now time to prepare the cars for the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Michelin Le Mans Cup.
Iron Lynx’ 488 Ferrari, driven by Rino Mastronardi and, on this occasion, by Nicklas Nielsen, started from last place on the grid, despite being quickest in qualifying, due to a problem that forced the Ferrari #8 to attack for the entire race.
After 40 minutes, the rain made the recovery more difficult for the crew of Mastronardi and Nielsen.
In the end, Nielsen followed in the footsteps of the rival Ferrari, shadowing it until the end of the race.
Despite many attacks, the Ferrari #8 crossed the finishing line in third position, taking more important points for the drivers and teams standings at the end of the third round, Mastronardi and Iron Lynx lead their respective series. Also impressive was Claudio Schiavoni #77’s performance, that placed him in fifth position.
European le Mans Series.
Despite an insidious race start, that took place under safety car because of heavy rain, Iron Lynx and Dame’s Ferrari challenged for an excellent starting stint, Claudio Schiavoni was able to keep his Ferrari in second place until the end of his stint.
The Iron Dames #83 ran a strong race with a Rahel Frey challenging impressively, climbing from the sixth to first position, leading the race for almost two hours and lapping in times unmatched by her rivals. The Dames’ race was heading towards success when the entry of the safety car favoured their rivals twice, which eliminated the advantage that Rahel gained with fastest laps having to make a fuel splash and therefore losing 1 minute.
So the Iron Dames, one step away from victory and despite excellent performances, took the third place on the podium.
he other Iron Lynx car, driven in this occasion by Claudio Schiavoni, Rino Mastronardi and Nicklas Nielsen, finished in the points in fifth position, due to problems with tyres that slowed down Nielsen.
Sergio Pianezzola, Team Manager:
In the Le Mans Cup we started with a 21 second penalty that forced Nicklas to fight and recover time lost. When he arrived behind the rival Ferrari he couldn’t overtake it due to the reduced visibility. We settled for a deserved third position, very good for the championship, that allows us to keep the lead.
About the ELMS, the Team Principal Giacomo Piccini gives his point of view regarding the team performance:
Claudio made one of his best stints, he started with the rain and finished the stint in second position. Rino and Nicklas showed themselves to be up to the task despite the last-minute call. Only a graining problem with slick tyres forbid them to fight for the podium.
The Dames could have won if the safety car in the final part hadn’t come in allowing our rivals to save gasoline and avoid a splash that, otherwise, would have certainly keep them behind.
Rahel impressed us with the speed and the consistency of her stint. Also Manuela and Michelle did an excellent job.