The cars qualified in ninth and eleventh position but the number 85 car was penalized for too high cockpit ambient temperatures. Instead of starting from the back of the field the team decided to start from the pit lane. This gave the team the advantage to start the race on warm tires and save two laps worth of fuel.
After about three and a half hours in the race the pilot Andrea Chiesa called the team over the radio to report a problem with the car and had to return to the pit box. It took a few minutes to fix the problem and Andrea could join the field still running in sixth position.
Both cars gradually moved forward in the competitive GT2 field and at one point the Kelleners-Vasiliev-Dumbreck car ran in fourth position.
After almost five hours of racing the leading Peugeot was in its final race lap when Peter Dumbreck called the team over the radio that there was a problem with the engine, which hindered the crew to finish the last lap of the race. The racing regulations say that a car needs cross the finish line to be classified in the results and the car's fifth position was lost.
One of the "SNORAS Spyker Squadron" pilots Benjamin Leuenberger commented: "We finished in P5 and that is what we hoped for. We knew that with a good race pace and without too much problems we could finish in top-5 and that is what we did today. We had one small problem in our third stop but the crew fixed it very quickly. The setup was quite good and my colleague Andrea also drove brilliant today. I hope for another top-5 finish at Spa in two weeks time".
Peter van Erp, managing director of "Spyker Squadron" stated: "We had a good race today. We have had one problem with the 85 where we had to reset the fuse of the fuel pump after a pit stop and lost about a minute - all this hindered us to show an even better performance. And then, right at the end of the race, in the last lap, the camshaft chain went".
"Our decision to start from the pit lane was good. - Peter continued, It was a tough weekend; although our cars are 1.7 seconds quicker than last year at Monza the field of 12 GT2 class is of very high quality and sometimes it was a though battle".
The next stage of Le Mans series will be in Spa, Belgium, on May 11. For more details about „SNORAS Spyker Squadron" go to http://www.spykersquadron.com/
|“SNORAS Spyker Squadron“ crew in the second series of Le Mans
in Monza – fourth in its class