Giovanni Venturini faced a tough week-end in Paul Ricard, second International GT Open round held in France. Reneging series’ champion came back with home with a double zero in the standings, which meant also lost the second place achieved in Esotoril opening races, with two second places. Collective Test on Thursday went pretty well, while Free Practices on Friday were disturbed by the rain, with Giovanni back in the car for second stint in race-1, where Jeroen Mul qualified only 9th, taking the car until fifth place. Unluckily, in the last few minutes of the race Giovanni had to park his car on the track due a fuel system pressure failure. Venturini drove also Sunday qualifying when he set the 6th time, half second far from the pole position, but still best Lamborghini in the standings. While, after the start, Giovanni was already gaining position he touched a cone puncturing the right rear tyre, being forced to an extra-pit in the early stages of the race.

Giovanni Venturini
“We know to face a difficult week-end, but it went worse than expected. I scored my first retirement in GT Open, as well a double zero, which will coast on the standings. Thinking that somehow we should have had an issue, better it happened now than once we’re leading the race, but I’m disappointed. On this track, there were cars faster than us, but on the performance side me, Jeroen and Imperiale Racing try to limit the damages. For sure now our position in the standings is worst compared to Estoril, but last year we learnt that isn’t over until it’s over”.