Imola 1000km 2011 - 03.07.2011

The fourth round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Championship was staged at the World reknowned Circuit Dino Ferrari (Imola) in San Marino.


The weekend got off to a frustrating start with a few issues that meant tracktime was limited. As a result the learning curve was made even steeper for all three drivers. Despite this Roger managed to get "into the groove" relatively quickly and was soon setting laptimes in the wet just tenths shy of the sister CRS Racing entry driven by Adam Christodoulou. After third practice Roger had set the fastest time of the three drivers in the 62 car and was handed qualifying duties.


Following qualifying the two CRS Racing entries ended up 6th and 7th in the GTEAm class, with Roger hot on the heels of Christodoulou.


Amazingly there were no major incidents throughout the duration of the race and Roger finished 4th overall in GTEAm and 3rd in their ILMC class picking up important points for the championship.


Of the race, Roger said:


“I started the race and straight away I felt that the car was moving around quite a bit,” explained Wills. “I was on the tyres we used in qualifying which had been good but as the track temperatures went up we started to struggle.  For my second stint I opted for the hard tyre and the car was immediately much better.  All in all both of my stints felt pretty good and I was happy with my lap times.  The thing to remember about this race is that we have had so little track time here so we are learning the track while we are still learning the car.  It’s incredible when you consider all of this that we had six good hours of racing without a single safety car period.  All but one of the GTE-Am cars finished and I think we did a great job for a fully all-amateur squad so we’re pretty happy.”


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