SRT experience difficult weekend in Czech Republic For the first time this season Tom Cloet was racing together with a known face. In Brno, where the sixth race of the FIA GT Citation Cup was being held this weekend, the Italian gentleman Mauro...
SRT experience difficult weekend in Czech Republic
For the first time this season Tom Cloet was racing together with a known face. In Brno, where the sixth race of the FIA GT Citation Cup was being held this weekend, the Italian gentleman Mauro Casadei was once again at the wheel of the C5-R. Earlier this year, Casadei had already become acquainted with Corvette C5-R of the Belgian team at Monza. Together with Tom Cloet he had convincingly won the race on his home track. But not all weekends are the same. "
Apart from the qualifying sessions we didn't have much fun this weekend", Patrick Selleslagh admitted after the race. "During the free practice things were not really running smoothly, but everything seems to slot into place during the qualifying sessions. Unfortunately the trend didn't follow on through and with an underpowered engine; the drivers were unable to defend themselves properly. But we mustn't become discouraged and next week we want to finish up front again at Nogaro in the FFSA-GT championship."
Tom Cloet was in fact highly satisfied after the FIA GT qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.
Cloet: "The free practice sessions weren't great. Mauro and I couldn't find the right rhythm, we were having trouble with the tuning and as such the results weren't brilliant. But then suddenly the tide seemed to turn and during the qualifying sessions everything seemed to slot into place. I completed two hard laps and on this long and highly technical circuit I remained within the three seconds of Alain Ferte - pole man in the Citation Cup -, who not only is not a real gentleman driver, but also has all the latest gadgets and updates in his MC12. I'm therefore highly pleased with the result." The qualifying sessions were a good omen for the race, but unfortunately it was not to be.
"Well really it all went wrong right from the start", Patrick Selleslagh explained after the race. "Tom was taken by surprise and lost a few places. But he remained calm and slowly worked his way back up. Unfortunately at that moment there was a power loss and by the end of the race we couldn't even keep up with the Vertigo on the straight. Motorsport is a mechanical sport and something like that can happen. This is more or less our first problem of this kind this season and after the successes in France and the Citation Cup we had perhaps rather forgotten that one can also experience some bad luck at times. I want to put matters straight as soon as possible and head off for Nogaro to seek my revenge. Eric Cayrolle and Laurent Cazenave could still end up behind the two Saleens in France with an excellent podium place, and this is now our main ambition."
Mauro Casadei also experienced his share of the problems. "I gained a few places, but then made a mistake and lost some thirty seconds. Having had a long climb up you do then become discouraged.."
Cloet and Cassadei finally ended third in the Citation Cup and 24th overall.