The crew SMP Racing in the Ferrari F488 GTE #72 in the lineup of Victor Shaitar, David Rigon and Miguel Molina finished second in the race “1000 km Paul Ricard”. This is the first podium of the SMP Racing in the Blancpain GT championship in 2017.
Race at Paul Ricard was the third round of Blancpain Endurance, and by tradition it is the battle training to the Central race of the championship – “Spa 24 hours”, which will be held July 29-30. In addition, the race in Le Castel is the second longest in the calendar of the championship. On the basis of qualifications SMP Racing crew thanks to the excellent range of Rigon is located on the first line of the starting field. The race from the second position began Victor Shaitar.
Victor had a very difficult part of the race. He was driving the first two hours, that is a double shift. Weather in the South of France last weekend was quite hot, the temperature was about 30 degrees Celsius and inside the car reached 60. The Russians confidently led the first part of the race, but after the appearance on the track of the virtual safety car because of the accident of the Ferrari #51 & Porsche #911 was not very well chosen moment for a pit stop and after the restart the team was outside the top 30.
However, it only added sports gambling, and Shaitar didn’t even think to give up. During the second part of my long cut he played a large part of the lost positions. But after the mid-race car number 72 was again in the top ten. Breakthrough continued the companions of Victor Molina and Rigon, each of which was driving around for two hour segment.
On the eve of the final hour of the race the crew SMP Racing No. 72 came to the third position. For a few minutes before the last hour of the crew Ferrari No. 50, coming in second position, had technical problems, which allowed the Shaitar, Moline and Rigon to win back another place and finish on the second step of the podium.
In the first three stages of the series SMP Racing crew took third place in the championship standings.
The next stage of the Blancpain GT Endurance series will take place on 29-30 July at the Spa.
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