Villois Racing: GT Open Valencia race report

Sunday, April 18, 2010

This was the first trial in the European GT championship on the technical track of Valencia “Ricardo Tormo”. At first an unforeseen turn of events characteries the weekenbd. A few days after the official debut, the team composed by Enrico and Gianandrea Crespi, respectively father and son, are forced to raise the white flag because of Enrico’s indisposition. Only 2 cars at the line-up: the Vantage GT2# 12 with the team formed by Max Wiser and Lucas Guerrero and the DBRS9 # 52 with Gabriele Lancieri and Angelo Lancelotti.

It rains during the whole weekend, strange enough for this time and place.
Both free trials and qualifications take place on a wet and dry track and force technicians to hard work in order to be able to change the car setup in due time according to weather conditions.

On Saturday the Pro-am race baptizes the team in the Super GT category where Wiser and Guerrero concentrate as best they can in order to find the right feeling with their new car. The driving style is different from that of the DBRS9 GT3 they know well and lead them to make small mistakes which will take them to end their race in the sand just a few turns from the end and the race results are bad.

Angelo Lancelotti offers an excellent performance, for the first time driving the DBRS9 # 52. They end up fourth, after a great recovery. A questionable penalty at the end of the race sent them back to the seventh placing.

Separate races took place on Sunday. Under a heave rain the GTS reaches the third position from the beginning, driven by Lancieri. An irregular tire wear slowed them down and they finished the race in the seventh position.

In the Super GT race a bitter destiny awaits the Vantage driven by Lucas Guerrero, who was forced to withdraw at the first lap under a scorching sun, because of a technical trouble.

In two weeks’time the Nurburgring will be waiting for us, an entirely new track for the GT Open.
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