Catalano and Pagnini Claim Maiden Wins in LMS120

 

Francesco Catalano drove the #17 ReBorn Racers Oreca to a maiden win the LMS120 season finale, last Monday at Le Mans (rFactor 2). In this final round of the series, with the Enduracers class and Overall Champion, Alain Setola, not attending the event, Catalano was the strongest, taking a tasteful win, another for the ReBorn Racers outfit. Catalano didn’t start in front, having to chase the pole setter, Daniele Pizzo, during the first couple of laps at Le Mans. However, with Pizzo dropping down the field due to an incident with his Nitro Sniffer Racing Team Ligier (lap three), Catalano took the lead and only lost it between laps 11 and 14, when he was overtaken by Marco Vagnoni. From there till the checkered flag, he had no contestants, and therefore took the win, 1m30.640s clear of Roberto De Filippis, who drove the #52 Team Sikania Endurance Motorsport Oreca to second overall. Completing the overall and Enduracers class podium in the final race of the championship was Marco Vagnoni, followed by Daniele Pizzo and Andrea Brunini (ReBorn Racers), who closed the top five.

Max Pagnini takes the NXT Racing “Merc” to victory in GT3
Taking advantage of the already crowned class Champion and his team mate at NXT Racing, Alessandro Puoti, who was absent at Le Mans, Max Pagnini claimed his first win in the championship. He started from pole position, something he had already achieved in previous rounds, with Puoti on track, but aside from that, Max was the dominant force among the few GT3 World Series class entrants for the final race of the championship. The race winner only lost the lead during laps 16-to-22 to Tomelli Racing’s, Nicola Pagani, who at some point seemed to be a true contestant for the race win. However, Pagani was very inconsistent towards the end of the race in the Bentley and that forced him to lose a podium finish.

With Max Pagnini beeing able to take the #252 NXT Racing Mercedes to victory, it would be Enrico Zavaglio, with a strong race finale, who would take the intermediate podium spot for Tomelli Racing. The Bentley driver was able to overtake Roberto Melan in another of the NXT Racing Mercedes, during the final laps. With Melan closing the podium, it was up to Nicola Pagani and his team mate at Tomelli Racing, Andrea Gandossi, to complete the top five.

The LMS120 championship was hosted by GTItalia on rFactor 2, beeing included in our Sim Racing Series area.

 

 

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