16 Apr 2018
TWO PLACES ON THE PODIUM AT ESTORIL IN PRO-AM FOR CRESTANI-RAMOS WHILE SOWERY GAINS OVERALL POLE POSITION IN Q2
An almost perfect start into the 2018 season for Daiko Lazarus Racing in the International GT Open Championship, where the Team gained the title two years ago. At the Portuguese track of Estoril, the Team from Veneto gained two second places in its class with Fabrizio Crestani and Miguel Ramos. The two drivers crossed the line in the two races on Saturday and Sunday in eighth and ninth overall place with their Lamborghini Huracán GT3; a result, which led to a first place in the PRO-AM class after the first of seven races this season.
It was an extremely good weekend for Daiko Lazarus Racing, starting with the fastest lap time in the first Free Practice session set by Crestani followed by the 21-year-old Toby Sowery in the second Free Practice on Friday. The young English driver is debuting in this GT Championship – together with the Italian Giuseppe Cipriani – after a year behind the wheel in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia together with Team Lazarus. Toby impressed again on Sunday in Q2 when he set the fastest overall lap time, gaining Pole Position in the pouring rain here in Portugal. His lap time of 1’48″824 was seven tenth of a second quicker than the second placed Lamborghini with Jeroen Mul.
Sowery did already show his might on Saturday in Race 1, when he set the second fastest time, but concluding the race together with Cipriani further back, due to the car being hit in the back by a competitor, losing many positions in the field. Meanwhile Crestani and Ramos gained an important eight overall place which meant second place for them in the PRO-AM class.
In Race 2 Sowery lost the lead after the start, but fought for the top spots during his entire stint. After the drivers’ change during the pit stop Cipriani got hit in the back of the car 16 minutes before the end of the race, which let him cross the line 12th.
“No errors whatsoever during a very positive weekend for us,” Daiko Lazarus Racing Team Principal Tancredi Pagiaro said. “What a pity that our cars were hit a whole three times in the back in the two races on Saturday and Sunday. We’re leaving Estoril as the leaders in the PRO-AM class and we know that we’ve got great potential for the next race, which will be held in France at the Paul Ricard race track.”
The second round of the GT Open Series will be held in the South of France on the weekend of 5/6 May, but Daiko Lazarus Racing will be back on the track already next weekend for the first round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza with their two Lamborghini Huracán GT3.