Starting From The Midpack
After a messy qualifying where Jack was only able to complete 1 flying lap, the team started Monza from P25. Not the best position to be heading into the notorious Turn 1 & 2 ‘Rettifilo’ chicane. However, Jack capitalized on this opportunity to gain positions and maintained a cautious, yet poised approach as the Ferrari carved its way through the field up to 15th after the first stint.
The team opted to take a fresh set of tyres at the first stop to help maintain the progress made at the start, but the great setup that Kevin provided was clearly very light on the tyres, prompting Jack to double-stint after making it up to P12 as he stopped for the second time. In the final hour of Jack’s stint the old tyres ran brilliantly helping him pull his way into the top 10 and eventually up to 7th position thanks to competitors being out-of-sync on their pit stops.
Kevin Takes The Reigns
Kevin took over at the 3 hour mark, as planned, and continued the great job in the car as he ran with slight damage to the floor sustained at the back end of Jack’s stint. A small alteration to the setup at his first stop helped negate the damage as the sun started to set in Monza. Kevin continued to match Jack’s pace and progress as the lap times fell in the cooler conditions.
The Final Hour
Kevin’s sights were set on securing a Top 10 as we came into the final hour in P9. Kevin was catching the heavily damaged #2 car in front at a quick enough rate to overtake him with a couple laps to spare. On the other hand, the #27 ‘Fiamma Rosa’ team had got their car in the perfect window and were matching the pace of the leaders and catching Kevin quickly. This culminated to an almighty battle with 3 laps to go as all 3 cars ran within 2 seconds heading into T1.
Kevin stuck to the back of the damaged P9 car and waited patiently for the exit of the Ascari chicane where he proceeded to soar up to the back of the wounded #2 and he sent it up the inside, the two drivers bashed doors all the way through Parabolica and finally Kevin cleared him as his straight line speed of the Ferrari was too much.
Later the next lap the incoming pace of the #27 car was too much for Kevin’s defenses as he had to settle for P10. As we entered the penultimate lap Kevin continued to get everything out of the Beast Ferrari as he matched the best lap Jack had managed during his stint. Jack and Kevin finished 3 laps down to the leaders after the 6 Hours and avoided any major issues to gain 15 places from their qualifying position in a strong field.
“We showed great race-craft, pace and resilience as we rose through the field versus a highly competitive pack. Hopefully we can build on this success in the next event at Suzuka” – Jack