Adria: SRT race report

SRT second in Citation Cup Adria The FIA GT Citation Cup evening race at Adria for Patrick Selleslagh's tem was a difficult assignment. Davide Amaduzzi and Tom Cloet did what they could but with an unbeatable JMB Maserati with the French ...

SRT second in Citation Cup Adria

The FIA GT Citation Cup evening race at Adria for Patrick Selleslagh's tem was a difficult assignment. Davide Amaduzzi and Tom Cloet did what they could but with an unbeatable JMB Maserati with the French endurance specialist Alain Ferte at the wheel of the blue MC12, there was not very much they could do. After the race in Adria Tom Cloet is six points down on Ben Aucott in the rankings. There are still three races this season, with the final being held at the Belgian Circuit Zolder.

During qualifying Tom Cloet had the opportunity of getting to know the rather particular Adria circuit. "This is really not my favourite circuit. I'm certain that there are other far nicer options here in Italy to let the GTs race. But OK, an assignment is an assignment and the weekend went in crescendo up to qualifying", the businessman and globe trotter Tom Cloet told us on Friday evening: "During qualifying w were able to stay within one second of the Maserati, which was not bad at all. Unfortunately a small defect kept us on the sidelines during the warm-up."

Tom Cloet took the start, but very soon his safety belt became loose and notwithstanding several attempts at trying to tighten it the driver from West Flanders was unsuccessful. "I therefore had to work off my stint under difficult conditions because I didn't feel at all safe. I don't wan to think about what could happen in the event of an accident with badly attached safety belts. After 37 minutes I handed over the wheel to Davide. On top of that I don't like this circuit."

The Italian newcomer drove a perfect race and brought the C5-R up into second place in the ranking. "There wasn't much more we could have done", Patrick Selleslagh admits. "We're still going for the title in the Citation Cup, but the parameters have changed. Our Corvette C5-R is not the youngest, which is a fact we know. Normally in the Citation Cup we find cars that have a minimum age of 3 years old, with hard rubber and real gentlemen-drivers, similar to our own set-up. What JMB is doing here is rather unfortunate because SRO had succeeded in putting together a great initiative. Let us just wait and see how we might be able to sort matters out."

In two weeks time the FIA GT caravan is travelling on down to Brno in the Czech Republic for the following race.

-credit: selleslaghracing.com

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Alain Ferté , Davide Amaduzzi , Tom Cloet , Ben Aucott