10 October, 2010
The International GT Open returned to Italy this weekend for the penultimate round of the 2010 series. After racing at Imola in May, the circuit of choice this time was Monza, the home of the Italian Grand Prix and the spiritual home of Ferrari’s loyal fans.
CRS Racing’s Adam Christodoulou had a lot on his shoulders this weekend: racing a Ferrari for the first time and at Monza, also for the first time. The young Briton excelled himself though and, along with Tim Mullen, bagged a podium finish in this afternoon’s race.
The weekend got off to a damp start as both of Friday’s free practice sessions were run in wet or drying conditions. With no fully dry running under their belts the teams went into Saturday’s sunny qualifying sessions blind but Adam did a great job, matching the seventh place that Tim took for race one.
The first race took place on Saturday afternoon. Tim took the start in the No.91 CRS Ferrari and did his usual good job, despite struggling a little with the car’s handling. Adam then jumped in and brought the Ferrari home to eighth place. The No.90 CRS Ferrari didn’t have such a good outing as Klaas Hummel had an off at the Ascari Chicane and subsequently retired.
The start of race two today was down to Adam in the No.91 car and Chris Goodwin in No.90. Unfortunately for Chris he got caught up in a bottleneck of slower cars going into the second Lesmo, got tangled up and then beached in the gravel. Adam avoided this as he started from higher up the grid and he and Tim had a great run, all the way up to third place, taking the fourth podium finish of 2010 for the No.91 CRS Ferrari.
“It was a better weekend than Brands Hatch, that’s for sure,” said CRS MD, Mark Busfield. “Adam adapted very quickly to the team and to the car and got up to the level he needed to be at very quickly indeed. It’s a shame for Klaas and Chris that both of their races ended in the Monza gravel but I’m very pleased to see Tim and Adam on the podium here.”