Oschersleben: Andrea Piccini race report

Piccini is Satisfied with the Lamborghini's Progress After the Imola debut and regardless of its retirement due to a broken drive shaft, Andrea Piccini's Lamborghini Murcielago has shown significant progress in Oschersleben. During the free ...

Piccini is Satisfied with the Lamborghini's Progress

After the Imola debut and regardless of its retirement due to a broken drive shaft, Andrea Piccini's Lamborghini Murcielago has shown significant progress in Oschersleben.

During the free practice session on Friday, Andrea's Lamborghini turned out to be the surprise of the day. In fact; the Tuscan driver was able to set the sixth best time.

Throughout the second session of the official qualifications, the Lamborghini was decisively fast and set the 4th fastest time during that session. However, the track was a little slower compared to the qualifying session of that morning and so team-mates Piccini & Deletraz had to accept the 15th place on the grid.

The car's progress was evident during the race. Andrea, who set a good pace, was able to climb his way up to the 8th place- and Deletraz to the 5th place. But at the beginning of the third hour, the drive shaft broke and the weekend which was overall positive ended on sour note.

Andrea Piccini

"Regardless of the broken drive shaft, I consider this weekend a positive one. We in fact solved a few problems that had come up in Imola and the car has overall improved. It's true that the Oschersleben track is more adaptable to the Lamborghini than the Imola circuit but it's also true that thanks to everyone's hard work, the car keeps making giant progress. In view of the track conditions, we decided to use tyres for a wet track during the race and the car responded excellently. So much so, that I overtook 6 positions in 20 minutes. I then made a pit stop and changed into slick tyres. After being careful for the first few laps, I slowly starting increasing my rhythm and finished the first hour in 8th place.

I then handed the car over to Deletraz who climbed his way up to the 5th position. Unfortunately, at lap 81, we had to retire for the broken drive shaft.

It's pity that we had this problem, which we are trying to fix. But we can't let this problem overshadow all the good progress we made this weekend. We have to remember that with the strategy that we had in mind, we could have fought for the podium.

I'm going hem with positive feelings and with the certainty that we are heading in the right direction to further develop the car."

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Andrea Piccini