1st Rd. ENS 2016
22/24 April 2016 – Lamberto Collari Raceway, Bologna – Italy
In a late April weekend in Bologna was held the opener race of 2016 ENS season. Our whole team had attended the race to witness our efforts promoting this category… We had taken this opportunity to test all together the Infinity platform in the same track/weather conditions to plan the futures development with our engineer. Almost a week of practice spent on the track of Fiorano and Bologna to get the impressions of all official drivers about the handling of the car that is quite new for the market.
The race in Bologna were tough due to weather forecast that forces the organization to reduce the race format… After a sunny Thursday of practice an unusual Friday forced to be the teather of qualifying rounds instead to be dedicated to set-up refinements with controlled practice had penalized a little the drivers coming from overseas that have not a lot of knowledge of the track. Uwe’s organization set all with perfect timing avoiding to race under the rain except for 1/8 Bmain that suffers a shower at late stage and 1/10 Amain that starts in humid conditions.
The qualifies shown an impressive Carmine Raiola very fast in all the rounds getting a deserved 3rd position just behind Balestri & Salemi and in front of Kurzbuch & Pietsch to made five different manufacturers at the front end of the grid. Lamberto Collari recover the 6th position after an engine failure suffered in the first round that makes him confident for the Amain. Jilles Groskamp bumps up from Bmain completing his weekend with a double 1/10 & 1/8 Amain finish… Nice job!
Unfortunately the decision to reduce from 45 to 30 mins the Amain had heavily affected the “show” that all the audience expect: the wearing of the tires were very high and in a longer main we could had so many different strategies at the pits. Simon deserved the win with a perfect pit job changing twice his tires followed by Dario and Robert. Carmine wasn’t fast as in qualifying but managed to end in 6th position just in front of Jilles 7th. Lamberto shows a good pace but different contacts with other drivers and a late tire change forced him to a 9th place that didn’t reflect his potential on this track. At the end 3 Infinity in the main make the team happy of the performance of the car. We are just looking to Ettlingen in middle june to try to deserve our first podium finish at ENS. See you all there!!!!