28 Apr 2018
TRICKY FIRST ROUND IN BLANCPAIN GT ENDURANCE BUT FIRST SUCCESS IN LAMBORGHINI SUPER TROFEO EUROPE WITH WEERABORWORNPONG
Daiko Lazarus Racing expected much more from the first round of the season, but the weekend at Monza of the first 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup was more difficult that the team had thought. Sixth place in the Silver Cup for Stefano Gattuso, Federico Leo and Arno Santamato wasn’t exactly the result the Team was aiming for.
There were several factors influencing the outcome of this weekend. First of all during qualifying it was impossible for the drivers of both Lazarus cars to drive a clean and fast lap due to the extremely heavy traffic with 54 cars on the track. They also lacked that little bit of luck to exploit the right window on the track. That meant that both Lamborghini Huracán GT3 had to start from the back of the grid.
In the race things could have turned out for the better with the two expert drivers Fabrizio Crestani and Miguel Ramos and new-entry Giuseppe Cipriani, gaining P6 in the PRO-AM Cup. Unfortunately, a lack of engine power followed by a proper engine failure - with Ramos behind the wheel - put an end to all hope.
Meanwhile Gattuso was involved in an accident, which compromised the car’s set up. Without this inconvenience the royal-blue Huracàn with Gattuso, Leo and Santamato could have pointed towards a place on the podium in their class. Now all eyes are already set on the second Endurance round at Silverstone on the weekend of 19/20 May, while on the weekend of 5/6 May the Daiko Lazarus Racing will start at the second of seven rounds of the 2018 International GT Open on the French track of Paul Ricard.
Last but not least the first round in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe - held on the Monza track on the same weekend as the Blancpain Endurance Cup - was won in Race 1 by Team Lazarus with Supachai Weeraborwornpong from Thailand, who also gained a second place on Sunday in the Lamborghini Cup and is now leading in his class.