Earlier today, Italian racing team Iron Lynx secured the GT3 team championship in the Michelin Le Mans Cup series at Spa-Francorchamps for the second year in a row, despite there still being one more race to go this season. This therefore gives the team automatic entry to 24h Le Mans 2022.
Car #8 driven by Gabriele Lancieri and Paolo Ruberti won the race in the Michelin Le Mans Cup GT3 class, while Iron Dames, Manuela Gostner and Doriane Pin drove a hard fought action-packed race in the #9 car, crossing the finish line in third place to take the final podium spot.
Lancieri and Gostner got clean getaway and led the race for the first stint with Gostner in car #9 doing well to avoid five LMP3 cars which spun on the first corner, with Lancieri then having to take quick-thinking evasive action on lap seven to avoid yet another LMP3 obstruction on the track.
Both cars headed to the pits for a driver change after the first hour, under yellow flag conditions, with Doriane driving a faultless first stint, keeping pace with the leader throughout.
Iron Lynx team principal, Andrea Piccini said after the race:
“Spa is always very challenging, but the team did an amazing job. Both the Iron Lynx and Iron Dames drove impressively and did well to avoid the other racing traffic which could have given us a very different result today.
“I’d like to congratulate all of our drivers, including Logan Sargeant, Rino Mastronardi and Rory Penttinen, from the series who have made this possible as well as all of our team – this was real teamwork. It is the second time the Iron Lynx team has won the Michelin Le Mans Cup GT3 team championship and I am incredibly proud of this victory.”
The final round of the 2021 European Le Mans series takes place at Portimão in Portugal on the weekend of 23/24 October.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a member of The Guild of Motoring Writers, professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Iron Lynx