Michelin Le Mans Cup
Rd.4, Monza, Race Report
We headed to the Monza circuit for round 4 of the Michelin Le Mans cup championship this weekend, and were intent and excited to keep the momentum going that we had created from the previous round at Le Mans. Testing went well, and we were constantly within the top few on the timings in each session, with Jacques doing a great job showing good, consistent pace during his runs. So full focus was onto his qualifying session and the race on Saturday.Unfortunately the qualifying session didn’t go as we planned, his pace was still looking very good but constant traffic meant that he was unable to put down a proper lap which resulted in P14.
This was going to make the race very difficult we had a lot of work to do to get to where we wanted to be, but there was no giving up. Jacques made a great start gaining 4 places on the opening lap. He drove an impressive stint handing the car over to myself in P8. From then on it was a hard though battle to make our way forward. With around 20 minutes of the race remaining I found myself in P4 with a 10 second gap to make up on the car in P3 to get on the podium. We had great pace and were able to catch the car, and ultimately with one lap remaining made the move around the outside of the second chicane to take P3. This was another great result for the Racing Spirit of Le Mans team and was amazing to stand on the podium at Monza. I would like to say a big thank you to the whole team and everyone else who’s helped me get here. Now we have a big break until Round 5 at the end of September, where we’ll be at Spa-Franchrachamps.