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Ombra Racing Endure Difficult Weekend In Jerez
Posted by: newsla on Jun 25, 2014 - 04:14 PM
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Ombra Racing Endure Difficult Weekend In Jerez

After a stunning start to their 2014 campaign, with two podium finishes and a win in the first four International GT Open races, Ombra Racing slowed their charge in Jerez due to an odds-filled weekend. After a promising start on Friday, with the two Ferraris driven by Costantini-Sicart and Gattuso-Cordoni as quick as usual and respectively second and third in Class at the end of Free Practice 2, Saturday saw the team struggle for grip and pace in both Qualifying sessions and then in Race 1, a consequence of an abrupt change of track conditions and temperature.


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After finishing race one in 8th (Costantini-Sicart) and 10th place (Gattuso-Cordoni) the team made changes to the setup for Sunday hoping to find back their usual pace in Race 2, but hopes for a positive finale to the weekend were short-lived: Stefano Gattuso had to retire just past half-race with a punctured radiator, while Stefano Costantini's race lasted just a couple of laps: the Italian driver was on a charge to recover from a P8 start but he was hit twice by Lorenzo Bontempelli, driving the #74 Nissan. Unluckily for Ombra, Bontempelli's second punt broke the Ferrari's rear left toe-link, sending the car into an uncontrollable spin and then into the wall at high speed. The crash resulted in a few bumps and bruises for Costantini, while the #63 car was heavily damaged and will require extensive repairs. The team is already stripping the car, but the work schedule will be really tight with just one week to the departure for the next GT Open race in Budapest.

Davide Mazzoleni (Team Manager): "Motorsport is highs and lows, and we've got to accept that, if we managed a podium-finish each time we got on track it would be too easy. That said, this weekend was really harsh on us. We were caught a bit by surprise by the sudden change of track and weather conditions on Saturday, but we had reacted promptly and for Sunday's race we were back to our usual form. Unluckily, we didn't have enough time to prove that. What happened to Costantini was disappointing on so many levels: risking our driver's health due to someone else's reckless driving is already bad enough, but the fact that Bontempelli got away with it makes it even worse. We'd really like the GT Open officials to be more consistent when it comes to evaluating driving standards".

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