Raffaele Giammaria close to the podium in International GT Open 2018 at Spa-Francorchamps

Raffaele Giammaria close to the podium in International GT Open 2018 at Spa-Francorchamps

12.06.2018: Raffaele Giammaria closed his weekend with a fourth place in Pro AM at Spa-Francorchamps, during the third round of the International GT Open 2018.

Raffaele Giammaria closed his weekend with a fourth place in Pro AM at Spa-Francorchamps, during the third round of the International GT Open 2018.

The Italian driver and the young Chinese co-equiper Jia Tong Liang reached the Belgian track resolute to get a good result on the n. 19 Lamborghini Huracàn GT3 run by Imperiale Racing, following a not always easy start to the season.

The challenge on the legendary 7.004 m long circuit has been tight and exciting since free practice when Giammaria and the team worked to define the best setup of the car.

The Lamborghini Factory Driver run the first qualifying session on the n.19 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 on Saturday on a dry circuit. After improving his time lap after lap, Giammaria posted the quickest time of 2’17.574s, which placed the car in P14 overall, that was fourth of Pro AM. This envisaged an attack race hunting for the podium.

Giammaria has been chasing P3 since the beginning of race one and, in his stint, he managed to accomplish that, pitting in third place. His co-equiper defended himself well during the second part of the race but had eventually to concede a position, closing his effort in P13, which was the fourth of Pro AM, right at the feet of the podium.

Race two has been less positive and Liang got off from the eleventh row of the grid after posting the 22nd time in Q2. Forced to a recovery race, Giammaria put in a series of very strong laps that allowed him to recover several positions up to P18 overall, that was the seventh of Pro AM.

Raffaele Giammaria:

“Racing in Spa-Francorchamps is always very exciting. Obviously, I am disappointed for not taking P3 in race one, but the car gave me good sensations, both in terms of competitiveness and race pace, that has definitely improved compared to the previous races.

We are not capable of showing all the potential yet, and in race two it has been very hard to recover some positions, as we started a long way down the field. I am still positive that we can have the chance to be the protagonists in the next rounds though”.

Giammaria will get back behind the wheel of Imperiale Racing’s Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in occasion of the fourth round of the series at the Hungaroring (H), next July 6-8

Raffaele Giammaria | Racing Calendar 2018

April 14-15 – Estoril (P) – International GT Open 2018 Round 1
April 20-22 – Monza (ITA) – Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2018 Round 1
May 5-6 – Le Castellet (FRA) – International GT Open 2018 Round 2
May 18-20 – Silverstone (ITA) – Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2018 Round 2
June 1-2 – Le Castellet (FRA) – Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2018 Round 3
June 9-10 – Spa-Francorchamps (B) – International GT Open 2018 Round 3
July 7-8 – Budapest (H) – International GT Open 2018 Round 4
July 26-29 – Spa-Francorchamps (B) – Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2018 Round 4
September 1-2 – Silverstone (GB) – International GT Open 2018 Round 5
September 22-23 – Monza (ITA) – International GT Open 2018 Round 6
September 28-30 – Barcelona (E) – Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2018 Round 5
October 20-21 – Barcelona (ESP) – International GT Open 2018 Round 7

- Alberto Brojanigo - also photos

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12.06.2018 / MaP

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