01 Oct 2019
It was the 5th and last race in the 2019 season of the Blancpain Endurance Cup, held at the Montmelò race track just outside Barcelona, Spain.
Daiko Lazarus Racing started in the AM Class with the blue Huracan: the American August MacBeth, the Argentinian Jose Manuel Balbiani and Andrzej Lewandowski from Poland. For all three drivers this was the first experience with the Lamborghini GT3 in a Blancpain Endurance race.
The long weekend started on Friday with Free Practice and the three drivers straight away set some impressive lap times. Saturday in the pre-Qualifying the Huracan was on P4 in the AM Class, while on Sunday they set again the fourth fastest time in the Qualifying in their class, a mere seven tenths of a second behind the fastest AM car.
The series last Endurance race for 2019 over three hours was started at 3pm and right on the first lap several cars went off the track and were involved in accidents, so that the Safety Car had to come out for almost an hour.
After the Safety Car had come in Team Lazarus had a flawless race until the moment when the car got hit in the rear end by a competitor, which not only broke the left rear suspension but also the gearbox. This meant race over for Daiko Lazarus Racing and MacBeth-Balbiani-Lewandowski, who, despite the the bad luck inflicted, were extremely happy with their performance. In the end, due to the several Safety Car outings, it was just under two hours of racing for the field with 46 GT3 cars at the start.
“What a pity,” Team Principal Tancredi Pagiaro said. “Everything worked perfectly up to this moment when our Huracan got hit in the back by a competitor and we had to retire. It was the last race of the Blancpain series this year and everybody was extremely aggressive on the track. Despite the heavy traffic, our drivers set an amazing lap time in the Qualifying. They were just two seconds behind the overall pole sitter and fourth in their class. Considering that Barcelona is one of the most difficult tracks in the Championship, this was an excellent result. I want to thank the entire Team and the drivers for their outstanding work over the weekend!”
The next race for Daiko Lazarus Racing will be at Monza on 12 and 13 September, on the occasion of the last round in the 2019 International GT Open Championship.
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