Vallelunga 6 Hours Report
Strike One For Laurence’s Lister
win for the Lister LMP? Perhaps, but nothing was certain as they
lined up for the start at 09.00 on Saturday morning. Both of the
modern LMP entrants indicated that they were using the event as
an extended test, but it was a much more successful one for the
black Lister than for the (carbon-black) Lucchini LMP2.
For Stefano Zonca, it
dispelled the dire misfortunes that have befallen him two years
running at this track, in the Italian GT Championship, while his
partner, Angelo Lancelotti, is a very quick man in anything.
The Lister led from the
start, ahead of the LMP2 Lucchini, but the safety car was soon out,
thanks to a spectacular spin for the Pettinelli / Reitano / Antonini
Porsche. After the restart, the two prototypes resumed in the same
positions, and it wasn’t long before they were the only two
on the lead lap.
In third overall was
the Perazzini / Matteuzzi / Cioci Racing Box Viper, ahead of the
SR2 Lucchini of the Saccomanno brothers, with the Autorlando RSR
fifth, driven by Jorg Bergmeister.
The second hour
was marked by the LMP2 Lucchini’s retirement (transmission
problems), leaving the Saccomannos’ Lucchini in second spot,
where it would stay for much of the balance of the race.
was up to third in the Ebimotors Porsche RSR, ahead of the Autorlando
version. The 360 of Gianniberti / Campani / Rangoni had two big
middle period of the race saw the retirement of the Racing Box Viper,
while Autorlando led the GT runners again, after the Red Bull Ebimotors
car suffered alternator failure. No problems for the Lister, with
the drivers swapping at each stop, and easing out an eight lap (then
11 lap) lead, from the SR2 Lucchini: no contest.
The fifth hour began
with the retirement of the CN4 Lucchini of Barisoni / Solieri /
Vita, which stopped in the Tornantino. The #5 Tampolli had a big
(Alfa) blow-up on the main straight, which locked the rear wheels
and spun the car into the barrier, initiating another safety car
period. The Lister led the Mastracci / Pandini Viper, the Autorlando
Porsche and the SR2 Lucchini.
The last hour began with
a suggestion of a slight problem with the Lister’s V8: “The
oil pressure was peaking a little, so the drivers backed off,”
explained Fiona Pearce. “Nothing serious, but we wanted to
be sure we finished.”
A very good battle was
taking place for third, between the Autorlando RSR and the Ebimotors
RS of Pigoli / Villa / Ben: but the latter left the track at the
The last hour ticked
by, and at 15.03 the LMP crossed the line for the first ever win
for the Lister prototype.
made a car that didn’t win,” said a buoyant Mr. Pearce.
Second went to the consistent
SR2 Lucchini, third was the DR Viper of Davide Mastracci and Giorgio
Prandini, with the Autorlando Porsche RSR fourth, led by Jorg Bergmeister.