Double Podium for Birel ART at Muro Leccese
Two podium finishes for Birel ART Racing in the third round of the WSK Super Master Series: Jordon Lennox-Lamb (KZ) in second place and Ulysse De Pauw (OKJ) in third.
There was a sprint finish for Jordon Lennox-Lamb in the KZ class: the British driver took the chequered flag in his CRY32-S8 in second place, 15 thousandths of a second behind the winner. “We were fast and always in front, posting great lap times throughout the weekend. The Pre-final was perfect: I was aware we were quick and I didn’t want to take any risks. In the Final, the chassis and the engine were excellent and we had enough speed once again to win. Luck wasn’t on my side, but I am satisfied with second place, especially compared to our results in the previous races. It was great to be back on the podium!” said Lennox.
Ulysse De Pauw had a second consecutive podium finish of the season in the OKJ class. “I am pleased with the performance. We worked very hard on both the RY30-S8 chassis and the engine at each race: I can’t wait to get on the track for the European Championship! I’d like to thank Birel ART and IAME for a job well done, as always“, said De Pauw.
Caio Collet finished in thirteenth place in the Final. After the race, Caio said: “We were unable to achieve a set-up that was good enough to allow us to compete for the win this weekend. It’s a shame because the expectations before the race were good, given our knowledge of the track and the third-place finish at Muro Leccese at last year’s World Championship. We now need to put in some very hard work to improve ahead of the European Championships.”
Martijn van Leeuwen finished in sixth place in the OK class. “It’s been a very positive weekend, even though we did not get the result we hoped for. We were quick enough for the podium and the team did a great job in all the classes. The material is very competitive, so I’m certain we will soon be on the podium“, added Van Leeuwen.
Lucas Légeret took seventeenth place in the Final. The Swiss driver said: “It’s been a weekend to forget, but we worked well in the extreme grip conditions of the track. We also understood where we need to improve, but the performance overall was not bad, especially considering the second best lap time posted in the second heat.”
On his debut in Europe, with the Team and in the OK class, Taymour Kermanshahchi was forced to retire in the Final due to a technical problem. “The new OK engine and the Vega tyres were a big step forward for me. Birel ART Racing and IAME gave me a very competitive package, so I am optimistic for the rest of the season. I would like to thank all the members of Birel ART Racing for their fantastic support, especially Ronni, Gianluca, Andrea and my mechanic Anthony” concluded Taymour.
Gianluca Beggio, Technical Director: “It was a very positive weekend. We are on track to get to the opening round of the European Championship with a very competitive technical package in all classes. The event at Muro Leccese demonstrated that the equipment and the changes introduced made a difference.
After winning the Pre-final B in the KZ class, Lennox led in the Final until the fourteenth lap, when he was forced down to third place due to a contact and lost the margin he needed to win the race.
In OKJ class, De Pauw won two heats and finished second in the Pre-final. After being held up by another driver on the first laps of the Final, he managed several overtaking manoeuvres that allowed him to get back in front.
Collet was very quick, especially in the early stages. Unfortunately, he failed to find the consistency on his lap times over the entire race.
In the OK class Final, Van Leeuwen’s race was hampered by a less-than-perfect start and the initial jostling for positions. Nevertheless, Martijn proved he was fast both in the heats and in the Pre-final, finishing in second place.
Légeret continues to improve both in terms of performance, as well as lap times: after a difficult qualifying session, he managed to climb the standings. Unfortunately, some contact in the Final stopped him from getting into the top 10.
Taymour’s debut was positive: he managed some overtaking manoeuvres and climbed the standings, finishing the weekend in a crescendo.”