Cetilar Villorba Corse will make its 2017 debut at the 4 Hours of Silverstone next Saturday, April 15, first round of the European Le Mans Series. The squad led by Raimondo Amadio will start its “Italian Spirit of Le Mans” racing programme that will bring the entire Italian team to take part also in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next June.
At Silverstone Cetilar Villorba Corse will line up the new Dallara P217 powered by Gibson LMP2 prototype for Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Andrea Belicchi. After the unique launch such as the team had under the Leaning Tower in Pisa, the three racing drivers tested the car during the two-day ELMS official testing session held in Monza and then, last Monday, right in Silverstone to arrange better the next racing weekend. In three days of testing their Dallara P217 ran a total of 1800 kilometres without looking for a “time attack” but only trying to run as many laps as possible.
The first round of the 2017 ELMS kicks off on Thursday with scrutineering and the first practice session, followed on Friday by the second one and the qualifying session. The 4 Hours of Silverstone will take place on Saturday at 14:30hrs. Live coverage will begin just before the race on http://www.europeanlemansseries.com .
Team Principal Amadio says: “We expect a thrilling but also a very demanding debut in Silverstone, despite all the testing sessions done. Cars are new for all so we think there will be several variables. During the testing sessions we equally divided the work among our three drivers who tried to improve their feeling with the new car. Our job was completed as planned and now the main goal is racing consistently and crossing the finish line. It would be very important to be able to make as much experience as possible because we still lack it and the team has to refine some details”.
European Le Mans Series calendar: 15 apr. Silverstone (GBR); 14 may Monza (ITA); 23 july Spielberg (AUT); 27 aug. Le Castellet (FRA); 24 sept. Spa (BEL); 22 oct. Portimao (POR).