Imola ELMS (Italy)

15 May 2016

A chance for a good result in the second round of ELMS at Imola was, like in Silverstone, ruined by a technical failure. During the qualifying Kuba finished on the far 17-th place. He was also the driver appointed by us to drive for the first two hours in the race. Since lights turned green he was slowly paving his way up in the classification. Overtaking is very hard on this legendary circuit but Kuba was doing a really good job. That’s when the problems arrived. After half hour a piece of exhaust broke, directing the flow towards the compressor responsible for gear changes and melting it. In the result Kuba was not longer able change gears. He managed to bring the car in the pits in third gear, where we started the repairs immediately. 19 minutes later the car was back on track but with 10 laps behind the leader all hopes for a good result were buried. Small consolidation was that from this moment on, we were one of the fastest cars on track. Two hours before the end Jens took over the wheel. He also managed to get a very good rhythm. Little over one hour before the end it started to rain and one of the cars crashed which resulted in Full Course Yellow. Instantly we called our driver into the pits for a tire change and refueling. This proved to be a good decision as the rain intensified. We thought that the neutralization will end soon and racing will be resumed, especially since the marshalls removed the crashed car. Over 40 minutes later the Full Course Yellow was replaced by a safety car, under which the grid crossed the finish line. We finished 16-th but because one of the cars failed to pass the technical control and was excluded from the race we moved up to 15-th place and scored our first points of the season. Once again we showed a great potential and if not for the failure we believe a place in the top 5 was possible. Let’s hope that all the bad luck is already behind us, as we look forward for the third round of VdeV at Circuit Paul Ricard next week.

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