Safety car and FCY periods were inopportune to Iron Dames’ strategy

The two safety car and FCY periods during the 6 Hours of Monza were untimely to the Iron Dames’ strategy according to Iron Lynx’s team principal.

The #85 ‘Iron Dames’ Ferrari, run by Iron Lynx, was unable to make the most of their pace due to the safety car period and the two Full Course Yellow (FCY) implementations impeding their pit strategy.

Under a safety car, the pit-lane is closed for three laps as the field bunches up whilst this is not the case during a FCY.

“I must say that we suffered from some very unfortunate safety car and full course yellow situations which had a big impact on our strategy,” said Iron Lynx’s Team Principal, Andrea Piccini.

“Sarah [Bovy] showed both speed and consistency in her first GTE race, and didn’t crack under the pressure! We know that Michelle [Gatting] and Rahel [Frey] are fast, so without that first safety car issue, we could have certainly fought for the podium places.

“We certainly have gained more valuable FIA WEC experience, at a very similar track to Le Mans, and we now look ahead to the big one.”

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In her first FIA WEC race, Bovy qualified their Ferrari 488 GTE Evo in P7 out of 15 GTE-Am cars.

Her time of 1m48.473s was just over two-tenths from P4.

The team made progress at the start, getting themselves up to fourth position and putting on a strong performance against the Aston Martins that were also up there.

A FCY car was deployed around 30 minutes into the race when the #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing of Andrew Haryanto got himself stuck in the gravel trap after a spin at the second chicane.

It was primarily the first safety car from Ben Keating’s tyre explosion that punctured the Iron Dame’s podium chances at the third hour.

The GTE cars can run up to run one-hour stints but the team had to pit later than their rivals due to the SC rules.

The second FCY was deployed to allow marshals to repair the inside curb at Ascari with 34 minutes to go, disrupting the Iron Dames momentum to eventually finish in P8.

The next round will be the 24 Hours of Le Mans on August 21/22.