Podium for Bartholomew at Monza
Jack Bartholomew achieved another podium in the Italian GT Endurance Championship at Monza over the weekend despite having never raced at the circuit and another new teammate in the three-driver line up.
After qualifying in an impressive 5th overall for the race the new teammate Giuseppe Fascicolo, who was standing in for regular teammate Miguel Garcia would start the two-hour race. A clean stint for the stand in driver saw him bring the car in for the first driver swap in 5th place. With Jack now at the wheel the strategy was to run the pro driver for the full hour but unfortunately only 3 laps into the stint a full course yellow was shown neutralising the race. As the race resumed Jack passed the Ferrari into turn 1 making slight contact as the other driver closed the door, Jack received a 5 second time penalty for contact which overall didn’t affect the result. With Jack now attacking, one of the cars in front made contact and had to pit for repairs putting the #16 Imperiale Lamborghini into P3 in the Pro-Am class (P5 overall). After a final stop and driver change the third driver passed another car and held the 15 second lead over the next Pro-Am car crossing the line in P3.
“I now sit P3 in the Pro-Am class and P4 overall in the championship with one round to go at vallelunga in October which should suit our car much better so I’m obviously very excited for this! I’m really pleased to be working with such a professional and fun team this year. We have enjoyed some good success so far this year and I hope there is more to come! Thanks to my teammates who have been willing to work hard and push on this season!”
The final round of the Italian GT Endurance Championship will be at Vallelunga on October 14th & 15th