Luca Casadei is The European Vice Champion But With No Luck! Luca Casadei; the 18 year old driver from Forli, Italy has just conquered the vice champion title in the Clio International Challenge Luca conquered this title thanks to his...
Luca Casadei is The European Vice Champion But With No Luck!
Luca Casadei; the 18 year old driver from Forli, Italy has just conquered the vice champion title in the Clio International Challenge
Luca conquered this title thanks to his second place finish on the Hockenheim track. No one would have bet on this kind of ending for Luca. In fact, this is Luca's first year in this category and thanks to the help of his sponsors and to the Rangoni Team , Luca was determined to prove everyone wrong. But a regret remains for how things went in Hockenheim.
Till the last three laps of the race, Luca was in the lead and had the European title in his hand. With three laps left to go, Luca was first and Riccardo Romagnoli (La Torre team) was second and Sebasti Scalera (presently in the lead on the classification) was sixth.
If things would have remained like this, Luca would have won the title.
But Romagnoli attacked Luca (within limits of the regulation) three corners before the finish line. Luca had to take a small trip on the gravel to avoid being hit and thus lost the lead thanks to Romagnoli. Luca who had a good slipstream, tried to overtake him on the finish line but he was a tenth of a second too late. Moreover the Marshals did not warn Luca that he was doing his last lap like they should have.
The Hockenheim race was different from the others. The end of this race was exactly after 30 minutes and not after a specific amount of laps. So Luca did not know when the last lap would be.
"I'm a little caught in between being happy and disappointed at the same time.
I'm happy that I am the vice European champion but I'm also disappointed that I lost the title by a tenth of a second. The car in Hockenheim was just perfect and it allowed me to push hard till the end. I even allowed Romagnoli to overtake me mid way through the race to study his moves and his speed. I immediately understood that I was faster than him and overtook him with no problems.
However I wasn't able to distance myself enough from him. Romagnolo tried everything in the book to attack me during the last laps. If I had had an accident with him, I would have given his team mate Scalera who was battling for the title with me, the leeway to win.
I decided to keep my distance to avoid problems but I can't accept the fact that the marshals didn't let me know that that was my last lap. I thought I still had another lap to run. Had I known it was the last one, I was never going to let Romagnoli get away with anything."