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Ombra Clinches Win And Second Place Finish In Budapest Round Of International GT
Posted by: newsla on Jul 07, 2014 - 07:05 AM
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Ombra Clinches Win And Second Place Finish In Budapest Round Of International GT Open


Two wins and three second place finishes in just four championship events: that's Ombra Racing's amazing tally in the International GT Open so far. The series latest round, held this weekend in Hungary, has contributed substantially to the Italian squad's count, as Alan Sicart and Alvaro Barba proved to be the duo to beat on the mighty Hungaroring.

 

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On the track located in the outskirts of Budapest, a traditional feat in the F.1 calendar, the all-Spanish duo set the pace right from Thursday topping the second Free Testing session, and then kept momentum in practice, qualifying and both races.

Ombra's amazing weekend was built on a masterful performance by Alvaro Barba in Qualifying 1: the Spaniard, who answered a last-minute call to step in for the recovering Stefano Costantini, pushed as hard as he could to set the fastest time in GTS Class, just to see it deleted for a track limits issue. His second quickest lap, anyway, was still good enough to secure second place in Class and P4 overall, and that became his starting position for Saturday's race. In the car for the first stint, Barba drove an astonishing race to pass the two Super GT cars ahead of him, and entered the pits for the driver change right on the race leader's tail. Called to an extra-fast pit-stop, the team delivered and sent Sicart back on track in first place, a spot that the young Spaniard held fiercely: pressured from behind, Alan kept his head cool and closed all the gaps at first. Then, in the last few laps, he upped his pace to open a gap and cross the line undisturbed, handing Ombra a well deserved overall win.

For the Sunday race, starting from P8 in Class and with a 15 seconds penalty to serve as a consequence of the Race 1 win, the team managed by Davide Mazzoleni didn't believe that a podium result could be in their reach, but the race proved them wrong. After a great opening stint by Sicart, who overtook Sitjhoff and then kept contact with the rest of the pack with ease, Barba jumped in the car at half race-distance and delivered a jaw-dropping performance. On a track that offers little or no overtaking spots at all, the talented Spaniard managed to pass five cars: first he got rid of Flohr, CampaniƧo and Griffin, and then a few laps later he passed Mavlanov and Ruberti to take P2 in GTS Class.

The weekend's results mean that Ombra bagged 18 championship points, a tally that boosts Alan Sicart to second place in the drivers standings, just 6 points adrift of championship leader Roda.

Davide Mazzoleni (Team Manager): "One week ago we were at our workshop, coping with never ending shifts just to put the car back together after the terrible Jerez shunt. Keeping that in mind, being here to celebrate a weekend that brought us an overall win and a second place finish feels almost unbelievable, but it's real. It's the deserved reward for a team of incredible guys who gave everything they had, and the best way to say thanks to all the people that supports us at home. Partners, sponsors, supporters, we owe them a lot and this is our way to say thank you. Our drivers also need to be praised. Alan is growing race after race, and the way he defended our first place in Race 1 was amazing. Alvaro was outstanding, being called on such a short notice he was ready to deliver, proving his worth once again. I hope we'll have other chances to work together soon".

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