After Iron Lynx’s successes in the European Le Mans Series and Michelin Le Mans Cup at Barcelona two weeks ago, the team came to the formidable circuit at Spa-Francorchamps for its debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Meanwhile, the team also competed at the Ferrari Challenge Europe event in Austria, taking another victory.
It was a re-shuffled Iron Lynx squad for its first ever FIA WEC entries, with ELMS winner Matteo Cressoni, Claudio Schiavoni and Andrea Piccini teaming up in the #60 entry, while new Iron Lynx driver Katherine Legge joined Rahel Frey and Manuela Gostner in the #85 Iron Dames Ferrari 488 GTE Evo.
One hour after lights-out at Spa, Iron Dame Michelle Gatting started from a hard-earned pole position at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and recovered from an initial setback to lead the field after five laps. Her teammate, young German Arno Dahlmeyer, qualified a personal best fifth in class but was forced to retire in the race after a technical issue. Michelle continued to extend her advantage after a mid-race safety car period, taking a convincing and measured first place at the flag, with fastest lap for good measure, to consolidate her lead in the Trofeo Pirelli.
Back at Spa, both Iron Lynx cars settled into the six-hour event and at the halfway point, the #85 Iron Dames car was running third in the GTE Am class, with the #60 Ferrari in sixth. Both cars had survived small skirmishes and were maintaining strong pace and performance in this new challenge for the Italian Iron Lynx squad.
In dry conditions at Spa, the race was only slowed by three short caution periods, so it was a true full-speed endurance challenge for both cars in anticipation of Iron Lynx’s three-car entry at the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this year. Both cars finished the race, taking 8th and 9th in class, and Team Principal, Giacomo Piccini, expressed his satisfaction in the team’s performance.
“I am incredibly proud of the drivers and the whole team. We have certainly learned a lot in our first FIA WEC experience. Michelle got an amazing result in Spielberg, and I wish her and Arno good luck for tomorrow’s race!”
Once again, it was an ambitious, pan-European undertaking for Iron Lynx, involving scores of talented individuals including hand-picked drivers, dedicated engineers and support personnel, all contributing to the unique competitiveness and professionalism which characterises the Iron Lynx approach.
Racing with Ferrari at iconic circuits all around Europe, Iron Lynx’s season continues to inspire and engage as the team looks ahead to even greater success in the weeks and months ahead.