Portimao: doubleheader for Andrea Piccini between ELMS and Le Mans Cup

Another weekend with a double commitment for Andrea Piccini on the portuguese circuit of Portimao. As happened one month ago in Spa-Francorchamps, on Sunday 27th October the italian driver will race both in Michelin Le Mans Cup with the Ferrari 488 Gt3 together with Claudio Schiavoni, and in European Le Mans Series with the Ferrari 488 Gte; the team mates will still be Sergio Pianezzola and David Perel, with whom Piccini has succeeded in Spa to obtain the long-awaited first points in the standings. And even the great result could have matured without the “stop & go” of 45 seconds imposed to Pianezzola for having engaged the speed limiter into the pitlane with a very little delay. A result that has therefore left the bitterness in the mouth of the Kessel Racing trio. “We arrive at the last round of the highly prepared Aco championships. In the Michelin Le Mans Cup, the “bronze” driver has the rules to compete in the qualifications – remembers Andrea Piccini – and Claudio Schiavoni will be on track, while in the European Le Mans Series the choice is free and I will be entrusted with the task of fight for pole position. We have learned how to use the Dunlop tires, which at the start of the season put us in a bit of a crisis and I am sure that we are now definitely competitive. It will be important to try to start in front of everyone to be able to immediately take off. We know we have a good race pace and a very balanced crew; we hope then that the last stage of the 2019 championship will allow us to grab the victory that we have touched several times over the course of the season”. As for the Michelin Le Mans Cup, qualifying on the morning of Saturday 26 October from 10.50 to 11.05 and race in the afternoon from 15.55 to 17.55. The final chapter of the European Le Mans Series foresees the second free practice session on Saturday 26th at 11.35. You will then get to the heart of the game at 3.40pm, with the ten-minute qualifying session reserved for the GTE and then on Sunday 27th at 12.30pm the 4-hour race.

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