“I was really looking forward to sitting again in my beastly Huracán this week-end”, Sarah says. “Even more on such a quick and fascinating track, which I know well after having won the 24 hours here earlier this year. Obviously, taming the 620 hp of the Trofeo is always a challenge but I’m well prepared and feel really good in the car.
Unfortunately, we never found the good set up on that difficult circuit. During the first session, we tried a very aggressive set up. This was a disaster and we came back to something more conventional for the next session. During FP2, the balance was better and the car became more ‘drivable’ but we still missed two seconds ½ . Even if we had ideas on how to improve the car and make it quicker, we had not enough time to test it and thus decided not to make too many changes in view of the qualifications”.
Sarah eventually qualified the car for race 1 in 8th position in class (17th out of 45 cars), ahead of the two other cars of the team. Her teammate did almost equally well with the 9th best time in class for race 2.
“We should have lower the front of the car and reduce the angle of the rear wing but we had already changed a lot on the general set up and notably on the rear dumpers”, Sarah explains. “We wanted to avoid discovering a completely new balance during the qualifications as the timing is so tight. The ‘lost’ session on Friday morning really cost us a lot. Given the circumstances, I’m not unhappy with my time in qualifications; I fought really hard behind the wheel and it would have been difficult to go faster”.
After a first race ruined by a puncture in the last lap and a disappointing 9th place under the chequered flag, Sarah and Ben fought hard in race 2, with notably a lot of overtakings for Sarah during her stint, to eventually cross the line in 7th position and score four additional points for the championship:
“I really enjoyed my stint in race 2 as I had to make a few very brave overtakings to gain race positions. I think that certain competitors will need new pants after our fight wheel-to-wheel at more than 200 km/h. More seriously, while I’m happy to leave Silverstone with 6 additional points, I’m frustrated that we could not find the good balance and get a better result. But we have learnt a lot from our mistakes and will definitely do a better job for the preparation of next race in Paul-Ricard. Before that, I will be in Imola this week for the Lamborghini Accademia, where I will discover another part of my job for the Squadra Corse! Can’t wait!”
The next race of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo will take place in the Paul-Ricard on 24-25-26 June.