Today, Italian racing team, Iron Lynx and its all-female line up, the Iron Dames fought for two championship titles from pole position as they concluded a strong season in the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
The #71 Iron Lynx car pushed for the overall title all season and secured second in the final standings, while the #83 Iron Dames machine also fought throughout the race to take a second-place finish in the Gold Cup championship.
The #51 Iron Lynx entry overcame a challenging qualifying session to move through the field and finish the season well.
From the green flag, Alessandro Pier Guidi made a great start in the #71 car and led the field from pole position, after an amazing qualifying session on Sunday morning.
Taking over after the first hour, Alessio Rovera did well to hold onto the lead for most of his stint before dropping to second. He handed over to Antonio Fuoco, himself fighting for the Drivers’ Championship, who managed to retake the lead following a great pitstop from the team.
Antonio put up a strong fight to secure a second-place finish for the #71 car, ensuring Iron Lynx ended the season with yet another podium.
The #83 Iron Dames Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 took pole in the Gold Cup class, with the all-female line up fighting for the class title.
Starting from the front, Sarah Bovy held the lead and battled hard in the early laps. Sarah stayed well up the Gold order throughout her hour in the car, and handed over to Michelle Gatting. Michelle made a great move a few laps into her stint to retake the lead, putting in quick, consistent laps for Rahel Frey to take over for the final hour.
Rahel pushed to hold onto a championship-winning position, but a heartbreaking driveshaft failure ended the #83 car’s title challenge with just 45 minutes of the season remaining.
The #51 car recovered from the qualifying session with a great overtaking display throughout the race; Giancarlo Fisichella started the car and moved up the order quickly despite being hit by another car early on. Miguel Molina took over after the first hour; clean stints from him and Nicklas Nielsen helped move the car up to P13 in the Pro class.
Antonio ends the season second in the drivers’ standings, with Davide Rigon and Daniel Serra joint-third overall after their brilliant efforts in the #71 car all year.
The Iron Dames put a fantastic season together in their first year in GT World Challenge Europe. The #83 car’s Gold Cup win in the 24 Hours of Spa and battling performances all year helped them secure second in their class competing at the highest level of endurance racing against great teams and drivers.
Giancarlo, Miguel and Nicklas showed great determination and teamwork to fight through the field despite a difficult start to the day, taking a top ten finish in the final drivers’ standings.
We have come to the end of great season in GT World Challenge Europe. We had all of the cards to play properly however, it didn’t work out in the final race.
The Pro cars fought hard for the victory until the end, they led for most of the race so the pace was there, and they were only a second away from winning and claiming the championship title.
The Iron Dames had an incredible season which was well above all expectations. They grew massively in the first part of the season until they claimed the victory at the 24 Hours of Spa. Today the win was possible, they came so close to winning the Gold Cup championship, starting in pole position. However, a technical failure took that away.
The team did a brilliant job, the cars were well prepared all season long, no strategy mistakes, great pit stops.
All this wasn’t enough, so we’ll try even harder in the future.Andrea Piccini, Team Principal