Team Cetilar Racing completed another race as it claimed the seventh place in the 4 Hours of Shanghai – third of the FIA WEC rounds – with the AF Corse-powered #47 Dallara shared by Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Andrea Belicchi.
After celebrating the season-best result in the Saturday’s qualifying, taking the sixth average time of the LMP2 category, the all-Italian squad survived another tough race to cross the finish line for the third consecutive time.
Starting from the third row, Sernagiotto battled for the sixth place but received a drive through penalty for jump start. It put him on P8, before making the first pit-stop after 45 minutes.
“The track was very difficult and dusty in the first laps because of some sand. It produced a huge tire consumption”, the Treviso-based driver said, “As we used a new tire-set in the qualifying, I took the start with an old one. The pace was good.”
Sernagiotto remained eight, before handing over to his team-mate Lacorte.
“Shame for the drive through. To overtake here is very difficult. The tire deterioration is terrible”, Lacorte stated after his driving stint.
Belicchi took the wheel after the second hour, making another pit-stop at the 85th lap under a Full Course Yellow period, taking the seventh place till the end.
“We did a good job since the qualifying, finishing a tough race and taking the seventh final place”, Lacorte added, “The team worked perfectly and we drove well on a very difficult track, expecially for us that had to manage a gap from the rivals. We did a great job for the future and now we are set to face the 8 Hours of Bahrain, when strategy will be important and could play good for us”.
After claiming P6 at the Silverstone opener and P7 in the 6 Hours of Fuji, Cetilar Racing continued its World Endurance Championship effort with a car objectively less performant than others, looking forward the next race in Bahrain on 12th/14th December.
Source. Cetilar Racing/Photo. Fabio Taccola