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Rollercaster Nurburgring Weekend Ends On A High With A Second Place Finish For Costantini-Sicart
Posted by: newsla on May 04, 2014 - 04:52 PM
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Rollercaster Nurburgring Weekend Ends On A High With A Second Place Finish For Costantini-Sicart

Ombra Racing closed the maiden event of the 2014 GT Open season on a high thanks to an amazing second place finish clinched by Stefano Costantini and Alan Sicart. Today's podium result was a dramatic turnaround in a weekend that hadn't started well for the Italo-Spanish duo, hampered by a high speed crash occurred to Costantini on Friday at the beginning of Free Practice 2.

Anyway, in typical Ombra fashion, the Italian team decided not to give up and repaired the badly damaged #63 with a 12-hour-straight work stint, staying up until 5.30 on Saturday morning.


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Their effort paid dividends, allowing Stefano and Alan to take part in the rest of the racing weekend. If Saturday was used mainly to recover the running time lost on the previous day, Sunday was without any doubt the highlight of the weekend: after a good effort in the morning timed session, that saw him earn a good 5th spot on the grid, Costantini drove a fantastic opening stint, keeping his position in a tight fight for P3 in Class against Griffin and Kox. At half-race distance the Italian talent got back into the pits to hand the red and blue Ferrari to Alan Sicart. The Spaniard, at his debut race in GT Open, passed Sdanewitsch, Cameron and Plachutta to take the GTS Class lead, a position he held until the penultimate lap of the race when he couldn't fend off an attack from experienced pro-racer Andrea Piccini. After that, anyway, Alan immediately found his pace once again, and went on to cross the line in second place to Ombra's delight.

Mixed fortunes were the case for the team's other entry too: driven by Stefano Gattuso and Mario Cordoni, the #62 Ferrari GT3 was the car to beat in Saturday's qualifying, taking a GTS class pole that seemed to hint at a great race. Anyway, in the afternoon's race Gattuso's performance was hampered by a long safety-car period, while Cordoni was hampered by oversteer issues. On Sunday Cordoni-Gattuso seemed poised for a podium finish, but their hopes were spoiled when Perez-Aicart punted Stefano from behind, putting an end to his race.

Davide Mazzoleni (Team Manager): "This weekend reminded us why we love motorsport so much: on Friday afternoon we were starting at a badly damaged car, wondering if we could put it back into shape. Today, after an amazing team effort, that same car went really close to winning the race and took the flag in P2. It's a deserved prize for the team's dedication, and an amazing start to our season. All of our drivers did an amazing job, Alan and Stefano were stunning, but Gattuso and Cordoni were great too, and only a bad move by another competitor prevented them from finishing on the podium too today. Anyway, it was good to see that the potential was there, their time to cheer will come soon, I'm sure about that".

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