HISTORIC VICTORY IN THE 24 HOURS OF SPA The joy tears that made Paolo Ruberti's eyes watery while he was getting on the podium are the symbol of an unforgettable weekend for the driver from Verona. Winning the 24 hours of Spa-Francorchamps...
HISTORIC VICTORY IN THE 24 HOURS OF SPA
The joy tears that made Paolo Ruberti's eyes watery while he was getting on the podium are the symbol of an unforgettable weekend for the driver from Verona.
Winning the 24 hours of Spa-Francorchamps after ruling almost continuously is definitely not an everyday deed. At the eve of the event victory seemed a possible result, especially considering the second place harvested at Le Mans two months ago, but the level of all rivals and the respect for one of the most challenging tracks on the world induced to caution.
"We got our wedding present!" declared a Ruberti glowing with happiness at the end of the race. "This victory enhances the magic moment I am living, started with the second place at Le Mans and continued with the marriage to Alessandra. This is a success that goes beyond our expectations, but it is surely deserved since no one of our opponents retired. All the team made a great work, strategic too, exploiting the qualities of a car that has been in practice perfect throughout the whole race; our crew proved to be just as competitive, being united by a growing determination hour by hour aimed to getting a historic result. Such a long race is unavoidably very demanding from a physical viewpoint and I am satisfied for not having had any athletic drops; the changing weather conditions required an additional mental effort but the experience certainly helped me to keep the concentration high".