The new Dallara P217 of the Cetilar Villorba Corse team has been unveiled
Published: 05 April 2018 13:00
Cetilar Villorba Corse presented the 2018 sports season and unveiled the Dallara 47 class LMP2 with which the all Italian team supported by PharmaNutra SPA through its brand Cetilar, will again be a protagonist at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the European Le Mans Series.
In the exclusive Ruote da Sogno vintage scenario, in Reggio Emilia, yesterday the team principal Raimondo Amadio and the drivers Roberto Lacorte, first promoter of the project, Giorgio Sernagiotto and Andrea Belicchi illustrated the details of the endurance program and discovered the advanced prototype in the new Cetilar livery of the noble builder from Parma. Representing Dallara, the chief designer Luca Pignacca intervened, who deepened some technical details of the Gibson motorized P217 and talked about the new aerodynamic solutions.
In presence of the top management of the various partner brands of the team in this new adventure that aims to confirm the role of protagonist at the most famous 24 Hours race, both in the European series, starting from the President of PharmaNutra SPA, Andrea Lacorte, who showed all his enthusiasm for this partnership. Tag Heuer has honored the three drivers with examples of “timepieces” of the brand of excellence.
The “Italian Spirit of Le Mans” project is now ready to officially start the engines once again. Cetilar Villorba Corse will be busy at Le Castellet, where official tests will take place on the Paul Ricard circuit (9-10 April) and on the weekend of 15 April with the first round of the European Le Mans Series.
Raimondo Amadio: “Italian Spirit of Le Mans has made a dream come true in 2017 and now it is time for confirmation. We are aware that it will be a complex and demanding season. The overall level in the championship and at Le Mans has risen considerably. It will be necessary to have a detailed work from the whole team, which will in fact have a specific configuration for the two different programs, supported also by a strengthened trust of prestigious, confirmed and new partners. Our goals are to see the finish line and possibly in the 24 hours top-ten and a leading role in the ELMS.”
Roberto Lacorte: “We strongly feel proud to be confirmed among those admitted to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The desire to do well after such a first important participation gives us a very strong motivation. The new features of the Dallara are not evident externally, in fact there are several aerodynamic updates that make it very interesting and that above all transmit greater safety in the driving “.
Giorgio Sernagiotto: “Our prototype is strong, as we found during the tests at Aragon. We started planning 2018 at the end of the 2017 last round. We’ve worked a lot with Dallara and optimized several details. The first point of strength is the team’s harmony, we are ready for the difficult challenges of this new season “.
Andrea Belicchi: “Now we can concentrate on performance. In 2017 my experience was to support the rest of the team, now also Lacorte and Sernagiotto have gained their own experience and we can go back at the attack. Furthermore, I am from Emilia and this presentation in my region has particularly exalted me”.