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Offline Alianora La Canta

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Re: Blancpain Spa 24 Hours 2017
« Reply #105 on: July 30, 2017, 09:02:43 PM »
That was a really lousy time for my internet to go down for 18 hours  >:(

...and sadly there is no good news for Fisico either. At 7 am (so, 15 hours into the race), Marco Cioci was in the #55 when a Mercedes hit it and broke its suspension. It couldn't be fixed, so instead of probably winning the race, Fisico has now got a non-finish streak of 4 races (across 3 different series). It's a massive shame as it was looking really good until that crash happened, and again there was nothing Marco could have done about it.

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Re: Blancpain Spa 24 Hours 2017
« Reply #106 on: July 30, 2017, 10:07:03 PM »
Before the Kapersky was hit, actu-moteurs.com had an item on their victory hopes (in French). Here is a photo of the car in one of its pit stops.

The Mercedes that hit Marco was the #90 and it was driven by Raffaele Marciello (ironically, someone who used to be a Ferrari development driver). Marco ended up in the wall straight after the accident due to the broken suspension, so there was no question of him bringing it back to be fixed. He was uninjured, but furious, and had an "animated" conversation with trackside marshals before giving a rude gesture to Raffaele on the latter's next lap. He still wasn't a happy bunny by the time he wrote on Twitter that Raffaele wasn't a real man...

In case you are wondering, Raffaele continued on and the #90 Mercedes eventually finished 3rd. He drove for a total of 14 hours, which is the maximum allowed in a 24-hour race. It is possible that fatigue may have played a part in his actions during the crash.  He seemed apologetic about the whole thing. Possibly because the car was in two crashes. The first was when it hit Fisico's car, the second was when an Audi hit it (the Audi got a penalty for its behaviour). Note that nobody was officially blamed for the crash between the #55 and the #90, so according to the stewards Fisico's race ended due to a racing incident.

It could have been worse, of course. Adrian Amstutz had to be treated in hospital for 2nd-degree burns and broken ribs after a very heavy crash on Sunday morning. While Marco was upset with his crash, he is also completely uninjured.

Overall, the race was won by the #25 Audi, which was always behind the #55 Kapersky Motorsports while Fisico's car was racing on the track. It was followed fairly closely by the #8 Bentley, which did at least challenge Fisico during part of the initial phase. So we can say with certainty that Fisico would have been in the top 3, had that unfortunate crash not occurred.

I am pleased to report that Toni Vilander finished 17th overall (PDF results file), and a fine 3rd in Pro-Am. He did very well in his unexpected drive - well done to him :)

Fisico hasn't tweeted about any of this yet. This, on top of the other non-finishes, has hit him hard emotionally; his silence says that louder than pretty much anything he could have written.
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Re: Blancpain Spa 24 Hours 2017
« Reply #107 on: August 08, 2017, 09:20:05 PM »