Yesterday was the 4th round of the Virtual Le Mans Series and it took place at Imola.
First of all we want to congratulate SimTech Motorsport for winning the LM-P2 class and to Ramada Motorsport for their win in the GT class!
In addition to that we would like to express our gratitude to the admin and organizers of this series, who had a difficult job to handle with this red flag situation. You managed it well!
Now let's have a look to the results of our cars:
#106 LM-P2 was driven by Tom Knoll and our new driver Thomas Crabb. The latter did the qualifying and despite of limited qualy practice he ended up on P15 at Q, but still a good job.
The race start was a mess, affected by a big crash on the start finish straight. Thomas tried everything to avoid this crash, but he was unlucky and innocent to have contact (160s repair stop).
After that he did an absolutely amazing 2 & 1/2 hours drive and put the car back to Top 10. He had good pace, every time hunting guys in front and for his first appearance in VLMS just brilliant mate.
After that it was Tom who took over the car. He had also great pace tried everything to get their best result of the season, but unfortunately he had some unlucky situations with weird track cuttings and had to serve 3x Stop & Hold penalties.
Finally he brought the car home to P13. Great job from both of you! You proved in this race, that you have the ability to get really good results against top teams with more experience!
Let's move to the race of our GT #181. The car was driven by Mike Horn, Harald Bachmann and our new sign up, Bryce Louw. Mike did the qualifying and put the car on Pole Position with an absolutely stunning lap, 7 tenth in front of everybody else. Brilliant and impressive!
Mike was lucky to avoid the start crash and kept the lead. The team decided to try something different, so they choose an aggressive strategy with medium tyres. Mike did an stunning first stint and built a gap to following guys.
After that it was Bryce who did the second stint. He did an great debut without any mistakes and really good pace, so that he could hold a top3 position.
Then it was time for Harald with used tyres to continue the drive. He struggled a little bit, but was still able to hold the car in a good position for a top 5 finish. Mike stepped into the car for the last stint and the hunt started. He closed the gap to the guys in front, but unfortunately due to a contact with an LM-P2. He was still able to bring the car home to P6.
Great job from you guys, besides the fact that they were a little bit unlucky with the red flag situation, which affected their race. But it was again a solid result and they are still on P3 in the overall standings.
Black Hawk Racing