NEWSLETTER 19TH JUNE 2019

NEWSLETTER 19TH JUNE 2019

To compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the dream of any racing car driver: the French endurance race still keeps all its legendary charm intact and despite the 87 editions already disputed, it always attracts the interest of enthusiasts and the media like no other motorsport event be dispute throughghout the year.

And this also applies to Matteo Cressoni, tired but satisfied of the edition held last weekend, at his second participation after the 2015 debut.
Being able to say "I was there" would already be a source of satisfaction in itself, if it weren't for that bit of bitterness resulting from the illusion of a podium at hand, a dream lulled and cultivated for more than 22 hours of competition, and then miserably escaped just over an hour from the checkered flag.

The Cressoni/Perez-Companc/Griffin crew and the guys of Clearwater Racing team, after solving some technical problems that plagued the car during the Free Practice and Qualifying, did a good job, maintaining the contact with the competitors and defending the fourth position for most of the race, to then force the pace in the last 2 hours, when the gap from the car in third position was gradually decreasing lap by lap.

And it was precisely in the final phase, with Matt Griffin at the wheel, that a suspension support gave way, forcing the Ferrari 488 GTE no. 61 to a prolonged pause that has excluded it from the top fight: resumed the last 90 minutes of the race with Matteo Cressoni at the wheel, the dream of the 24 Hours of Le Mans ended with the eighth place of class AM, revised in seventh position the next day after the disqualification of the no. 85 Ford GT for technical irregularities.

Matteo Cressoni now has only a few days to dispose of the fatigue and disappointment of the Le Mans 24 Hours: a new competitive commitment looms over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd of June with the second round of the Italian GT Sprint Championship in Imola, where the Italian driver will share the Ferrari 488 GT3 no. 51 with his teammate Simon Mann.