18 Jul 2019
MISHAPS PREVENT TEAM FROM COLLECTING POINTS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP
It was a difficult weekend for Daiko Lazarus Racing at the Red Bull Ring, the fourth of seven rounds in the International GT Open Championship, held last weekend in Austria. On the fast track in Styria the Team from Veneto collected less than it could have done based on its great potential due to some unforeseen circumstances.
After the first qualifying session, where Fabio Onidi set the fastest lap time with one of the two HuracЗn GT3 started by the Team around Tancredi Pagiaro, in Race1 the driver from Milan (starting from row four on the grid) collided with his teammate Nicola De Marco and had to retire after only eight laps. De Marco managed to end his stint, handing the Lamborghini EVO over to Nicolas Pohler, who crossed the line in eleventh overall place.
On Sunday, in Race 2, the 18-year-old Eliseo Martinez was ready for a surprise. In his first season in this series he fought in his first stint with expert drivers, after he had set the 13th fastest lap time of the entire field in the second qualifying. When he was right behind the Top 6 he handed the HuracЗn over to Onidi, who, due to an unfortunate mechanical problem, had to stop the car.
Meanwhile Pohler had decided after the qualifying to not participate in Race 2 due to a sprain he sustained during a mountain bike training session. A wise and correct decision, considering the extreme strain during braking, especially demanding on a track like the one in Austria with its ups and downs (between 130 and 160 kg usually have to be applied to the brake pedal). So Race 2 was driven by De Marco on his own, who therefore had to start from the pit lane. He immediately launched an excellent pursuit race, crossing the line in 13th place overall and 7th in the PRO Class.
The next round in the International GT Open Championship will be held at Silverstone on the weekend of 7/8 September, but in already one week Daiko Lazarus Racing will be back on the track for the most exciting race of the season: the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the fourth round in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, which also counts for the Intercontinental GT Challenge, from 25 to 28 July.