The Spaniard missed out a second podium finish in AM class at the final corner of the second race of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, which took place at Silverstone last weekend. Forné and teammates Constantini and Lenz were leading their class with one hour to go and keep in title contention.
Toni Forné contested the second round of the 2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Silverstone last weekend. Forné shared the driving duties with Stefano Constantini and Christoph Lenz in the Ratòn Racing-run Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO. Once again, the tree-driver line-up was expecting to fight for a podium finish after making a nice start to the season with a second place at Monza.
With private testing on Thursday and free practice and prequalifying sessions on Friday and Saturday, every team got a lot of feedback for Sunday. In Qualifying, Forné, Constantini and Lenz posted an average lap of 2m02.204s and lined up 27th on the starting grid and 3rd in class with more than fifty cars on track.
The 180-minute race, which got underway at 4PM, saw Forné taking the first stint. The Spaniard managed to avoid a first lap six-car pile-up in his Ratòn Racing-entered Lamborghini ad the safety car spent more than twenty minutes on the track. Before making the first pit top, Forné ran solidly in the top four before handing over to Constantini. As the team made its first stop under a “Full Course Yellow”, they managed to gain valuable time and Constantini moved up to second behind the Lamborghini of Barwell Motorsport. Constantini even took the class lead before the second pit stop with one hour to go. Swiss Lenz ran in the top three for almost the entire stint but Chris Goodwin moved past him with his Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 at the very last corner.
“We completed a promising qualifying session. I made the first stint in the race and fortunately I avoided the first lap huge accident and the safety car came out for four laps. I had a tough stint with low grip levels but I handed over the car to Stefano in the top four. We ran in first place in AM class and an amazing top-15 overall but Christoph couldn’t fend off a rival to secure a third place. Such a shame because we were fighting for the podium and missed out it at the last moment. But we still scored valuable points for the championship” explained Forné. He finally underlined: “we are already focused on Paul Ricard, such a special meeting because it’s a 6-hour race coming to an end at midnight, which requires a big dose of strategy and traffic management in the pure dark conditions. Besides, there are more points at stake there. We expect to be even stronger there!”
Forné sits second in the Drivers’ standings on 30 points but with two key rounds ahead: the Paul Ricard 6 hours and the Spa 24 hours.
The third round of the series will take place on June 1st.
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