Potential and pace are there, although the weekend at Paul Ricard, the first of seven in the International GT Open Championship, could have brought more for Team Daiko Lazarus Racing with its two Lamborghini HuracЗn GT3.
In the end it was a place in the overall Top 10 for Fabio Onidi and new-entry Eliseo MartТnez in Race 2 and the car shared by their teammates Nicolas Pohler and Nicola De Marco right behind them. The weekend in France started on Thursday with free practice sessions and one completely restored car after the accident at Monza. In Friday’s sessions the Team showed some solid performance and encouraging lap times. Onidi (after three years away from acing) was immediately strong in the qualifying, setting the sixth fastest overall-time, only six tenths behind the pole sitter, fifth in the PRO class , with his teammate Pohler right behind him.
In Race 1 Pohler was immediately involved in an accident, when the car’s front splitter got damaged, compromising the HuracЗn’s aerodynamics and stability. This stopped De Marco from going beyond a 17th place in the end. Meanwhile, the other Lamborghini, driven by MartТnez/Onidi, lost precious time at the box when the car got bumped into right after the start and damaged bodywork led to a flat tyre and even a second pit stop. In the second qualifying, held on Sunday morning, De Marco drove the 13th fastest time, maybe also due to his 2-year absence from racing and the fact that it was his first experience on Michelin tyres. MartТnez gained eleventh place on the starting grid, an excellent result for the 18-year-old, who still has to make his driver license. The Spaniard was only one second behind the Pole Position, improving his pace lap after lap.
Although both couples were extremely quick in Race 2, this time the Team had opted for a different strategy, avoiding to get involved again in accidents like the day before. MartТnez drove an excellent first stint, handing over the car to Onidi in ninth position. The Italian brought the car home in tenth place, sixth in the PRO class, thus earning the first points of the season. Right behind them De Marco/Pohler crossed the line. The German driver had a amazing start and De Marco drove consistently, but was held up by slower cars, which didn’t allow him to stay attached to the Top 5.
The next round in the International GT Open Championship will be held at Hockenheim on the last weekend of May, while Daiko Lazarus Racing will already be back on the track for the Blancpain
Team Lazarus Press Office