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Resilient Display at the Nurburgring

Luciano looked to continue the form shown in Silverstone at the Nürburgring in round 5 of the GP3 series.

After a cold and difficult practice session the sun shone on Saturday morning and things looked to brighten up for Luciano as the qualifying session got underway. Luchi took to the track in a confident and buoyant mood and put in an energetic and skilful performance in what was a nail bitingly close qualifying session. Amazingly there was less than a second between 1st and 25th position with Luciano finishing in 12th place with a time of 1:49.843, his best of the season.

As race 1 began Luchi looked to emulate his qualifying performance and after a strong start he was comfortably trailing the lead pack of cars and making a push for the point scoring positions. However the race was abruptly taken out of an unlucky Luciano’s control as his RSC Mücke Motorsport team mate crashed into him as he braked into the final chicane, dropping him to the back of the field. Luciano continued to race well but this incident and a tyre change meant that Luchi faced an uphill battle for the rest of the race. With the Nürburgring’s challenging corners, few overtaking opportunities and wet conditions it was difficult to make any significant ground on the other drivers. Despite a resilient and determined performance race one saw him end the evening in 25th place meaning the odds were stacked against Luchi in Race two.

The weather worsened as Luchi took to the track on Sunday morning for race two. Luciano got off to a good start and was able to climb up to 16th place however the weather conditions worsened, which made for an arduous and slow race meaning that gaining any speed and momentum was a near impossible task. In what would be a frustrating race for most drivers Luciano was still able to put in a battling performance, but there was little he could do as he finished the race in 25th position.

Luchi stated after the race that:

“This weekend was bitter sweet”.

However Luciano’s impressive qualifying session and battling performances in the face of adverse circumstances have provided many positives to take into future rounds. Luchi will also be hoping that this time he will have a bit of luck on his side as he looks to recapture his form in round 6 which takes place in Budapest, Hungary next week.

Posted: 24 July 2011
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