Magny-Cours: Andrea Piccini race report

Andrea Piccini is third on the Magny-Cours track. Andrea Piccini is happy about his first podium at the wheel of the Lister Storm, however the Magny-Cours race ended on a sour note for Andrea who seemed to have the victory within his...

Andrea Piccini is third on the Magny-Cours track.

Andrea Piccini is happy about his first podium at the wheel of the Lister Storm, however the Magny-Cours race ended on a sour note for Andrea who seemed to have the victory within his reach.

The race track conditions seemed to influence the results of the two qualifying sessions. The wet track due to the pouring rain penalized the two Listers that instead proved, during the free practice session on Friday, to be the fastest cars on the dry track .

Andrea started off 15th but patiently moved his way up, but just a few laps before the end, a tyre explosion forced the Tuscan driver to make a pit stop and prevented him to fight for the victory.

Andrea Piccini:

"The free practice session went rather well on the dry track. So much so, that I had the second best time without even forcing myself too much. Unfortunately, the qualifying session took place under the pouring rain.

"For the first time ever, I found myself driving the Lister on a wet track without knowing how the car would behave. Both my team mate and I suffered from this lack of experience which caused us to be really behind on the starting grid.

"During the race and this time on a dry track, I was able to take full advantage of the car that lead me to inherit the second position. However, with ten laps left to go, one of my tyres starting to lose pressure till it exploded.

"At the same time, Campbell-Walter's Lister had technical problems towards the end and thus handed the victory over to the Ferrari. With Campbell-Walter's unexpected pit stop and if my tyre hadn't exploded, I could have won the race. My joy therefore is mixed with some sour sentiments for a victory that could have been mine."

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Andrea Piccini