03.10.2018 – A fifth-place worth a victory ended one of the most exciting races in Raffaele Giammaria’s career this past weekend at the circuit of Barcelona during the closer of Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2018.
Giammaria has been the absolute protagonist on track and capitalized on an exciting performance behind the wheel of the #19 Lamborghini Huracàn GT3 run by Grasser Racing Team alongside co-equipers Ezequiel Perez Companc (ARG) and Marco Mapelli (ITA), in what was one of the most unpredictable and exciting races of the whole season.
The weekend did not kick off very well for Giammaria, who refined the setup of his car on Friday but had a difficult qualifying. Following a positive Q1, the drivers lineup could not get the most of Q2 that was repeatedly yellow-flagged and red-flagged. The #19 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 could in fact not complete a single fast lap. The final time of qualifying, obtained as the average time of the three sessions, saw Giammaria qualified in P50, right at the back of the grid.
With this premise, the closing race of the season focused on an attack strategy. Giammaria drove through the first stint and put in all his grit. The great feeling with the car made in Sant’Agata Bolognese allowed him to get 22 places back in the first thirty minutes thanks to spectacular moves that emphasized his driving skills and excited the fans on the grandstands.
The comeback continued in the following two driving stints, when Mapelli and Perez Companc took over the wheel of the car. Giammaria scored an extraordinary P5 at the end of an unforgettable race as the lineup was only 7s shy of the winners and first of the Lamborghini, after an amazing 45 place comeback.
“It has been an exciting race. Everything went well and the car delivered an amazing feedback. My stint has been very exciting. After qualifying, it was clear that the only possible strategy was to recover as many places as possible during the race and to effectively achieve that I had to take some risks, completing overtaking moves in all places of the track. I drove with grit and I never held anything back pushing 100%, which eventually paid off. In reality, the podium was at reach but we could not get the most of the safety car neutralizations, as we were already in the pits. It has been a perfect weekend nevertheless, one of the most intense of my career and a great way to end a season that has been more difficult than expected, especially in the first part. I am really proud of what we achieved in Barcelona, a result that motivates us a lot for the next races”.
Raffaele Giammaria | Race Calendar 2018
April 14-15 – Estoril (P) – International GT Open 2018 Round 1
April 20-22 – Monza (ITA) – Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2018 Round 1
May 5-6 – Le Castellet (FRA) – International GT Open 2018 Round 2
May 18-20 – Silverstone (ITA) – Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2018 Round 2
June 1-2 – Le Castellet (FRA) – Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2018 Round 3
June 9-10 – Spa-Francorchamps (B) – International GT Open 2018 Round 3
July 7-8 – Budapest (H) – International GT Open 2018 Round 4
July 26-29 – Spa-Francorchamps (B) – Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2018 Round 4
September 1-2 – Silverstone (GB) – International GT Open 2018 Round 5
September 22-23 – Monza (ITA) – International GT Open 2018 Round 6
September 28-30 – Barcelona (E) – Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2018 Round 5
October 20-21 – Barcelona (ESP) – International GT Open 2018 Round 7