Race 1 Press Conference
Race 1 press conference
"At last we have pulled a great result out of the bag, one that we have been waiting a while for. For a number of reasons, in the first few races we couldn’t really express ourselves fully but have shown that we deserved something better, both in tests and qualifying. We just needed that little extra belief and finally we found it.
We have been really focused these past two days in England and hoped for the win but you are never truly sure in racing until the chequered flag is shown. What happened to Kuppens today is the proof of this: bad luck forced him to pull out on the last lap when in second place”.
Mauro Calamia (3° Overall, 2° Trofeo): “Saturday did not get off to the best of starts: I lost a wheel in qualifying this morning and was a bit down. Still, the mechanics worked hard and fixed everything. The car was in great shape when they had finished and this helped me claim this result from ninth on the grid. It is a shame that I was held up behind Ange Barde: he was really hard to overtake. I then realised that the engine temperature was climbing too high and so I eased off. I tried to go on the attack a few laps later and finally got past the Frenchman to eventually cross the line in second”.
Riccardo Ragazzi (3° Overall, 2° Trofeo): “I am pleased with this podium finish. I think that it could have gone even better but we have made up for the disappointment of Nuerburging and that is good enough. Turning to the race itself, everything was decided at the start, one where we slotted into a good position. I moved into second spot thanks to a few overtaking moves and mistakes by other drivers. Unfortunately, I was edged out right at the end by Mauro Calamia. I couldn’t really hold him off as the rear tyres were playing up and I had also been shown the black and white flag by the officials. It was then that I took a deep breath, thought about the championship standings, before opting for a safe third rather than a possible second. Now we look ahead to tomorrow, especially the endurance race, one where we can pick up more points and in which Alan and I form a better-balanced crew than some of the others”.
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