It has been a challenging but improving start of the weekend for Cetilar Racing at Monza as the Italian squad entered the final practice session and qualifying for the European Le Mans Series 4-hour race today at the famous venue. The practice session, held this morning, didn’t allow the #47 Dallara LMP2 shared by Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto and returning Andrea Belicchi to go beyond P7 due to a power steering issue.
The team, led by team principal Raimondo Amadio and featuring Christian Pescatori as the sporting director, worked as hard as possible in the free time before qualifying in order to fix the car, eventually succeeding at the last gasp.
Going on-track for the official session was Sernagiotto, who held the 10th place for most of the time. Unfortunately though, an off by Nicolas Jamin forced the stewards to red-flag the action right when the Italian was 15th. It was still a generally positive result for him.
“We made a real miracle making it to the qualifying session: what our mechanics did, replacing the central part of the wiring was just amazing. It was a very complicated delicate operation – said Roberto Lacorte – We returned to the track after completely solving the power steering issue that had emerged in free practice. Obviously, our qualifying effort was affected by this inconvenience, which did not allow us to focus on finding the best setup. Anyway now let’s look forward to the race, as we aim for a good result”.
The team is now confident for the race, set to start tomorrow at noon with the checkered flag coming around 16 PM. The spectacular 4 Hours of Monza, the second round of the 2019 season, will be available on the web as it will be streamed live on http://www.europeanlemansseries.com.
Source. Cetilar Racing/Photo. Fabio Taccola