27 Jun 2017
CRESCENDO FOR ORANGE1 TEAM LAZARUS AT 1000 KM OF PAUL RICARD
The 1000 Km of Paul Ricard, on the futuristic race track of Le Castellet in the South of France, was the third round in the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. Orange1 Team Lazarus concluded the task positively, although the weekend didn’t start too well for the men from Padua.
On the 5.842-metre-long track the Team was made up of re-entry Fabrizio Crestani (who had been absent at the Sprint Cup race at Zolder due to a renal colic), new-entry Luca Filippi and the young German Nicolas Pohler.
In the end the Team gained a 21st
place in a field of almost 60 participating cars. This was a great result after an exciting pursuit race with an impeccable strategy and no driving errors, because the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 had to start into the race from the end of the grid.
The race itself was interrupted by two safety cars already during the first of the six hours. Here at Paul Ricard Luca Filippi had his real debut with a car from Sant’Agata Bolognese with which – unlike his teammates – he had driven only a few kilometres.
The outcome of the qualifying – position 56 on the starting grid – was influenced by two facts: the car was moved ten places further back, because of a penalty Filippi had received at the race in Monza, where he started with a car from another team in this Championship. To this, another twelve positions had to be added, when the fast lap was cancelled by the race stewards, claiming that a corner had been cut.
At no point drivers and Team gave up and the pursuit race led to an amazing comeback. The goal now is to be ready and do well at what is probably the most important appointment on this year’s race calendar: the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps at the end of July.