Almost a dream come true, this season finale is interrupted by a contact during lapping which damages the 83 Ferrari 488 GT3 of the Iron Lynx team. Nevertheless, the high competitiveness shown is the strong point for an exciting 2020.
Since Friday’s qualifying sessions, the Pro class Ferrari 488 has battled for the first positions and clinched, thanks to the fourth Laptime overall, the second position on the starting grid among 30 racing cars. On Saturday, the 12-Hour Endurance competition, divided into two 6-hour sections with a 2-hour break. In the first part, the Iron Dames always fought for the first positions with a race pace which is often the fastest on track and confirmed the fourth place overall.
At sunset, the beginning of the second part of the race saw the ladies still fighting neck-to neck for the win. After about 40 minutes, the turning point: during a very tight and intense phase of the race, the #83 driven by Michelle Gatting is hit on the back left side during lapping. A trivial incident that leaves the car damaged beyond repair forcing it to stop by the trackside, and makes it impossible to return to the pits.
It’s a great pity for a season full of satisfaction to end this way, though it’s part of the game,
says Sergio Pianezzola, manager of Iron Lynx with Andrea Piccini.
In Abu Dhabi we have confirmed how competitive we are. Our retirement notwithstanding, the Iron Dames proved they are capable of competing on equal terms against the other drivers at the wheel of factory cars. This is the most gratifying reward for the work done in 2019 by the Iron Lynx team, as well as a boost of confidence that makes us look forward and with optimism to the approaching 2020.
Ambitious projects on the track, the full expectations of which are the result of a calendar rich in challenges. Following the prestigious 2019 partnership with Abu Dhabi Racing Team by Prema in the F4 Italian Championship and backed by the important victory in the GT Light Italian Championship with a GT3 Ferrari 458, the Italian company will rely exclusively on the cars of the Prancing Horse for the 2020 GT competitions, entirely managed by Iron Lynx Racing Team, expanding their growth towards Europe with its line-up attending to the most important car racing GT Championships: the European Le Mans Series, with two GTE Ferrari 488 competing, and the Michelin Le Mans Cup, with two GT3 Ferrari 488.
Confirmed is the ambitious and winning Iron Dames project, conceived and founded by Iron Lynx, ready to offer its audience great new satisfactions.
The three ladies of the crew, Manuela Gostner – Rahel Frey – Michelle Gatting, are the protagonists of the prestigious ELMS Championship. The 2020 Michelin Le Mans Cup will witness the comeback on track of Deborah Mayer, Ferrari Ambassador for women in Motorsport, who together with Michelle Gatting will form the first entirely female crew in the history of the Championship.
Alongside them, the confirmed Claudio Schiavoni, Andrea Piccini and Sergio Pianezzola will battle it out in the ELMS while Giacomo Piccini will be ready to defend the Michelin Le Mans Cup title.
Cesena, 16 th December