Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Blancpain Endurance Series: Ups and downs for I.S.R. Racing Audis at Monza

I.S.R. Racing Press Release

The round of Monza, opener of the Blancpain Endurance Series 2015, had more than one twist for the men of the Czech team I.S.R. Racing.

The weekend turned out to be quite unlucky for the lineup of the n.74 car and particularly for Fabio Onidi, who had a severe impact on the protections at the exit of the Ascari chicane, after the positive times set by Anders Fjordbach and Andrea Roda. The driver from Milan has been taken to the medical center of the circuit first and then to the hospital for further checks. He was later diagnosed a fracture of two vertebras but fortunately he did not have any more severe consequence. The heavy damage reported by the car did not allow its fixing in time for the race.

The weekend of the n.75 R8 was decided about forty minutes into the race, when a drive-through was handed to Bonanomi for an action in the heat of the start judged beyond the limits of the regulation. Salaquarda and Vervisch tried to get some ground back in their stints, ending in absolute P20.

Igor SALAQUARDA (I.S.R. Racing, Team Principal):

"The whole team ISR Racing is close to Fabio after a satisfaction-less weekend: we wish him a prompt recovery and wait him soon on track. Fabio, Anders and Andrea were doing a great job and it would have been interesting to see where they would have ended in the race."

"We knew that Monza does not suit much our car. Marco, Filip and Frédéric managed to keep a race pace similar to that of the other Audis, confirming the fact that, on circuits suiting the R8 better, we will be among the protagonists. The penalty issues in the first stint unfortunately vanished any chance to get a good result."

The Blancpain Endurance Series will resume from Silverstone (UK) next 24 May.

Photo credit: I.S.R. Racing