Four 24 Hours of Le Mans ended over four participations by Cetilar Racing. The only one all-Italian team in the Sport category finished for the fourth year in a row the most important event of the season, the penultimate of FIA WEC rounds.
The 10th positon in the LMP2 class represents an extraordinary result for Roberto Lacorte, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Andrea Belicchi, who shared once more driving duties in the #47 Dallara car run by AF Corse. Cetilar Racing trio showed great pace to claim P14 overall over 59 entries in the 88th edition of the race at the circuit of La Sarthe – for the first time held without public – recovering well seven positions after setting the 17th quickest lap in qualifying.
To finish the race was Belicchi, the most experienced of three drivers, who marked his 11th participation at Le Mans, the first in which he had the honor to drive in the very last stint. On Saturday at 2.30 pm Sernagiotto did the start to have into a good rhythm as well as Lacorte, who continued without sort of issues.
“Taking the finish line after 11 editions is a big sensation. One of the most emotional moments was when I noticed some people climbing up the walls to see us”, Andrea Belicchi explained. “We all were perfect, as always. But we deserved more.”
“I drove for about ten hours in total. I am very happy and honored the team let me to do that”, Giorgio Sernagiotto said. “I pushed hard without making any mistake. It was the most tough Le Mans for me, because the level was very high and most of our rivals are know well their Orecas. Despite we had a less performant car, we battled in the middle of the field. I didn’t expect it. It’s thanks to drivers and team we claimed this result. We always trust it.”
“I think nobody could drive the Dallara like Andrea and Giorgio. We have some guys that trusted in this program and are very fast, but weren’t repayd in the right way”, Roberto Lacorte added. “We claimed this result thanks to the passion and the great job of the team and drivers. We were very consistent and fast. A combination that let us to finish one more time in the top 10.”
Next race for Cetilar Racing will be on 12/13/14 October at the 8 Hour of Bahrain, the last round of the 2019/2020 season.
Source. Cetilar Racing/Photo. Fabio Taccola