First race, first podium

14.04.2014

It could hardly have been better for Kevin. First race in GTs and third overall at the finish. Still…

Kevin on Monza podiumBlancpain Endurance Series opening round at Monza was won by #98 ART GP McLaren with sister car #99 – that of Kevin’s – in P3 and less than 10 seconds behind. But looking closer and with hindsight it could have been ART GP 1-2 if only…

First of all if #99 hadn’t started from lowly P11 after hitting traffic in qualification. But even so Kévin Estre who started the car and did a wonderful job, advancing to P6 during the opening lap. Later he had some nice scraps with other cars and after first hour pitted from P4. Slick work by ART GP crew elevated Kevin (Korjus, that is) to P3.

Kevin’s driving was very unspectacular on TV. Actually he was hardly spotted at all while all the attention was on hard-headed Russian gentleman driver in #333 Ferrari who managed to fly off at least seven times, fortunately not hitting anybody or anything. Kevin meanwhile did his job very effectively and without mistakes. Stéphane Ortelli in #26 Audi in front of him managed to stretch the gap by a few seconds while Kevin himself did the same to #1 Audi in P4. Towards the end of his stint Kevin was the fastest man on the track and and when Andy Soucek drove #99 out of the pits, he was only two seconds behind #26. And here is another if…

#99 lost about ten seconds during the pitstop. Another car was standing in front of it and #99 had to been pushed back in order to leave the pits. If it had had a free exit…

But you never know. Several times Soucek managed to catch #26 but always lost out in traffic. Gaps were still coming down and with five minutes to go cars #26, #99 and #1 were driving in train. But nobody was able to mount a serious effort and they crossed the finish line in unchanged order, albeit only one second apart.

As Kevin himself put it: „So P3 today in my first GT race out of 40 cars. Nothing else to say, but a BIG thanks to the ART GP and my teammates. Awesooome!“

Monza start 2014

 

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