Nova Race chins up to the unknown unknowns of the mighty Road to Le Mans battlefield

Nova Race chins up to the unknown unknowns of the mighty Road to Le Mans battlefield

17.06.2018: All-Japanese pair Sano-Shirasaka comes close to Top20 spot in race one, retires in race two 2018 was the second consecutive edition in which a yellow Ginetta LMP3 was entered by TKS for the Japanese duo formed by

All-Japanese pair Sano-Shirasaka comes close to Top20 spot in race one, retires in race two
 


2018 was the second consecutive edition in which a yellow Ginetta LMP3 was entered by TKS for the Japanese duo formed by Shinyo Sano-Takuya Shirasaka.



At the Road To Le Mans, the meeting that represent the "jewel of the crown" of the Michelin Le Mans Cup, the sportscar operated by Nova Race had to face some of the vagaries that are always around the corner in motorsport.



However, the team soldiered on amid the challenges that have been drawing a full 50-car field at the legendary Sarthe circuit. At the start of the first race, held on Thursday, Sano started from the 32nd place on the grid, and after a race full of twists and yellow flags with two laps to go team mate Shirasaka had managed to climb to an excellent 21st place.



Unfortunately the driver had to limp through the final lap due to a loss of power that forced him to make do with the 26th spot.



On Friday, the Nova Race staff replaced the engine with a fresh one. The Saturday morning race had a grid set with Sano expected to start from the 21st place after an eventful qualifying run. Needless to say, he and Shirasaki were hoping for a day to remember.


Unfortunately the race start was again messy and the Ginetta lost a couple of positions, showing a good pace thereafter. At the time of the driver change the British car was twenty-sixth, but when Shirasaki tried to switch on the engine the car was silent due to an electrical problem triggered by the starter.



 The team therefore retired the car before reaching the conclusion of the 2018 Road To Le Mans.




Giorgio Piccolo - photo Nova Race

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