08 May 2018
POSITIVE OUTCOME AT PAUL RICARD FOR DAIKO LAZARUS RACING IN SECOND ROUND OF INTERNATIONAL GT OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Team Daiko Lazarus Racing is again at the top in the PRO-AM class on the occasion of the second round - out of seven in the International GT Open Championship - held at the race track of Paul Ricard. In the south of France the Team around Tancredi Pagiaro brought home three places on the podium in their class despite a race weekend with numerous difficulties.
Fabrizio Crestani and Miguel Ramos gained a third and a second place in Race 1 and Race 2 respectively. The Italian-Portuguese drivers’ couple is now leading the Drivers’ standings in the Championship’s PRO-AM class, expanding their lead slightly thanks to the two races at the high-tech track in France.
Meanwhile Toby Sowery and Giuseppe Cipriani gained an excellent place on the podium in the PRO-AM class in Race 2 on Sunday afternoon with the second Lamborghini Huracán started by Daiko Lazarus Racing. The long race weekend in the south of France didn’t start too well after all. First it was Giuseppe Cipriani, who had an accident on Friday during the “Bronze Test” session on a super wet track.
The Team had to put in some extra work to restore the car… .in the end it was 4am Saturday morning when that work was done…
In the first qualifying, on Saturday, Crestani gained eighth overall place on the grid after an amazing stint - just half a second behind the pole sitter. On top of it all the Huracá n with number 27 wasn’t running very smoothly also due to the strange and changing weather conditions, which made it difficult finding the right set up.
In Race 1 Crestani and his teammate Ramos constantly were right behind the leaders of the field, crossing the line in eighth overall position. Meanwhile Sowery and Cipriani had to fight their way through the entire field as they had to start from the back of the grid, but managed a solid 14th place in the end. On Sunday, in the second qualifying session, Sowery drove the 12th fastest time although he was slowed down twice in the slowest sector of the track, losing several tenths of a second. Ramos concluded the qualifying three positions further back. The Portuguese and Crestani drove two amazing stints, finishing second in the PRO-AM class. Right behind them it was the royal-blue Lamborghini with Sowery-Cipriani crossing the line and taking home third place in the class.
“The changing weather conditions didn’t really help us and neither did the BoP play in our favour,” Team Principal Tancredi Pagiaro said. “We still managed to reach our objective: doing well in PRO-AM and keeping the lead in our class.” The next race in the International GT Open Championship will be held at the legendary race track of Spa-Francorchamps on 9/10 June.