Reigning GTE-Am driver’s champion Francois Perrodo felt his class-victory “numbed the pain” after being debarred from qualifying.
The Season 8 champion in the GTE-Am class acknowledged the result in front of the Tifosi home crowd to redeem a challenging outcome from qualifying.
The #83 AF Corse driven by Perrodo initially qualified second with a 1m47.541s, just 0.269s behind Ben Keating’s Aston Martin and the fastest out of eight GTE-Am Ferraris.
Soon after qualifying, the car was disqualified due to a ride height infringement as the minimum ground clearance was found to be lower than 50mm.
Consequently, their lap-time was deleted and they would start at the back of the grid.
“Yeah, it definitely does – it numbs the pain from the quali,” he responded to the topic in a post-race press conference.
“I mean, you should have seen our faces yesterday at dinner when we heard about the disqualification. But it is what it is, you know. Rules are rules.
“We started out from the back, so to start last and finish first is amazing. And particularly after a really, really bad race in Portimao, where we were also dead last.
“I think we scored only two points (in Portimao) which means now we’re back in the game.
“And definitely looking forward to the big one where we can score hopefully double points,” he hints the next round of the Season 9 tour, Le Mans.
During the early course of the race, it was Alessio Rovera who started the car rather than Perrodo and the team made progress as noted when they were fighting for P3 after just 26 minutes of the six-hour race.
They outpaced all other Ferraris in the class to get themselves into a confident lead by the third hour and kept the position right through to the end of the six-hour race.
The #83 crew of Perrodo, Rovera and Nicklas Nielsen will attempt to pursue a victory at the coveted 24 Hours of Le Mans on August 21/22 to better their P3 finish at last year’s race.