Barcelona, Spain – Great result for Pit Lane Competizioni team that in a long and difficult Barcelona 24h, fourth round of the 24h TCE Series, gained the overall seventh place with the american driver Zack Arnold, the French WTCC star John Filippi and the Italian Roberto Ferri and Alberto Vescovi at the wheel of an Audi RS3 LMS TCR. The Mantova-based team can be really satisfied, thanks the good comeback put during the race and to be the first Audi under the checkered flag, with a 7 laps gap on the first of the other cars made in Ingolstadt, in a race with an awesome grid of 42 cars.
The weekend of the red Audi #122 started well from Friday when the German sedan took part at daily and nightly free practices and the qualifying session, where a good lap posted by John Filippi put the Pit Lane Competizioni RS3 LMS on the fourth row on the starting grid. At the start a watchful Arnold avoids any risk during the eventful start and closes the first lap in P13, well knowing it’s useless to take risk at the start of a 24h race. After a first phase of study, the Audi drivers starts to push and gain ground, until to enter the Top10 at the sunset.
During the night the #122 RS3 LMS did its best, attacking in the dark and performing a big comeback, gaining laps and position until the sunrise and conquering the eighth position with three hours left. In the final stint, John Filippi was able to gain one more position, taking the seventh overall on 42 starters, and passing under the checkered as the first no-SEAT car in the TCR class.
“It was an intense and exciting race. At the beginning we were careful, avoiding any possible risk and being away from any trouble, with a so big grid everything can happen. We lost a bit of ground at the start, yes, but we were able to race our pace and attack when it was the moment. During the night Ferri and Filippi put an awesome comeback, gaining a lot of ground while the most part of opponents was slowing in the dark, then Vescovi and Arnold consolidated the position during their stint.” commented Roberto Remelli, Pit Lane Competizioni Team Principal, who is helped in managing the team by the track engineer Massimiliano Galeazzi and Denis Remelli on the technical side. “The team did an outstanding job, our Audi was perfect and didn’t suffer any problem of reliability. Here the SEAT cars had a bit of advantage, you can check it in the charts with 5 Leon in the first 5 positions. To be the first between the no SEAT equipped is a great result and many people congratulated with us.”
No holidays for Pit Lane Competizioni team this weekend, the Italian team will be in Imola for the fifth round of the TCR Italy and the SEAT Leon Cupra Cup. The Mantova based team will field as usual three cars in the Italian touring car series: a SEAT Leon for the points leader Nicola Baldan, an Audi RS3 LMS for Max Mugelli and a Volkswagen Golf GTI for Massimiliano Gagliano, while in the trophy promoted by SEAT Motorsport Italia Carlotta Fedeli, with two wins in the last two rounds, and Max Gagliano are confirmed alongside Francesco Guerra, at the debut as single driver of the Leon Cup Racer.
24h TCE Series next round is scheduled on the legendary Spa Francorchamps track that will host the last round of the season on 8-9 October weekend.