It's time to battle again for Mimmo Schiattarella and Olive Garden-Rafanelli team, after the podium at Charlotte and the strong performance showed in ELMS round in England, they are coming back to ALMS races with all the intentions to fight for...
It's time to battle again for Mimmo Schiattarella and Olive Garden-Rafanelli team, after the podium at Charlotte and the strong performance showed in ELMS round in England, they are coming back to ALMS races with all the intentions to fight for the succeed at Sears Point, round 3 of the series.
Mimmo was leading the race at Silverstone, ahead of Brabham and Lehto, before the cable throttle faltered forcing the car to a stop in the pit garage, the fixing cost the victory. Schiattarella, anyway, left undoubtedly his mark in the whole competition signing the Pole Position and the race fastest lap.
You dominated the race since the free practices and you lost the win for a silly bother: sad for that? "Clear, we scored the Pole, were first and, looking at the lap times...we could have won in front of factory teams as Audi, BMW, Panoz: how not to feel annoyed..." That's racing, don't you think Mimmo? "Yes, true, but that inconvenience and the missed win made us stronger and stronger; and so we all are coming back to the American Le Mans races with more force and more energy to give real thrill to the series."
Are Sears Point and the following one in Mosport tracks where you feel you can challenge the giants? "I'm confident, even we didn't test anymore since last race," says Schiattarella "those are real tough tracks, almost like Silverstone they are "old way" GP circuits: risky but fascinating. It suits a lot my driving style: I can't wait to jump in my Lola..."
At 32 Mimmo is a fresh...GP veteran and he is in a club that count already other young ex-F1 members in the ALMS league. "David Brabham was my team mate in F1 and, sure, he is an hard competitor, as well as are Lehto, Magnussen and McNish." Among these drivers Schiattarella is the only one not in the ranks of a works team but Mimmo, a real Racer and a warrior, is even proud of it: "To challenge the factory teams is very, very exciting but... it is from beating them that comes the real pleasure!"
His determination is brave as well his consistency is strong: this year, after the ALMS podium, he clinched other 4 podium finishes out of 6 races in the Grand-Am, with the not current anymore Ferrari 333Sp. And we have to count to date two more Pole Positions to the Mimmo's flying lap collection.
"I'm very happy to be at Team Rafanelli; it's better I could even dream" said Mimmo. "It is a fabulous squad, where everyone is getting down to it" he adds. "The Olive Garden Rafanelli V-10 is an impressive weapon built by Lola Cars, we have a powerful engine, the dreamed Michelin tires and a tasteful Olive Garden backing. "We do the most in facing up to healthy works teams. We know, everyone knows, we are a small team if compared with BMW, Audi or Panoz but we have a great strength: we are a very close squad and, despite our sponsor, we have a great hunger to win!"
-" To challenge the factory teams is very, very exciting but... from beating them comes the real pleasure! "