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Iron Dames “Extremely motivated” after ELMS setback – Sportscar365

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Sarah Bovy said the Iron Dames are “extremely motivated” to deliver a strong LMGT3 class result for Lamborghini in the 6 Hours of Imola, a week after the team lost a European Le Mans Series class win to drama in the late race.

Bovy, Michelle Gatting and Doriane Pin will start the six-hour race at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari from fifth in class and will look to bounce back after a dominant performance in Barcelona went unrewarded.

There, Bovy, Gatting and Rahel Frey, driving a Porsche 911 GT3 R, were on course for victory when a wheel nut accident at the final pit stop curtailed their run and led to their retirement.

“At the end of the day, that’s racing,” Bovy told Sportscar365.

“We know it can happen. It can happen at the end of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (and) it can happen at the end of a four-hour race and sometimes you’re the one who benefits from it.

“So I don’t believe in bad luck and things like that. I believe in hard work and I believe in the fact that the more we lead the race (like) the way we led Barcelona, ​​the more we are going to win something.

“So the goal is there and we are all very motivated for this race to get a good result for the team.

“It is also a home race for Lamborghini. It is the home race for Iron Lynx and Iron Dames. So we have a lot of motivation to do well here.”

Bovy admitted he was a little surprised by the discrepancy between the two qualifying sessions by the No. 85 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2.

In addition to her own time decreasing between regular qualifying and Hyperpole, with a 1:42.924 in the first stage and a 1:43.151 in the second, the gap to pole sitter Alex Malykhin also increased.

During the first segment, Bovy was less than two-tenths of a second behind second place, while the gap to the No. 92 Manthey PureRxcing Porsche during Hyperpole was 0.786 seconds.

“I have a bittersweet feeling about qualifying because I think we could have been on the front row,” said Bovy.

“The lap time I did in the first qualifying put me in second, so to be fifth is obviously disappointing.

“We lost half a second between qualifying 1 and qualifying 2. I can’t really explain why, but that’s how it is. So obviously disappointed by that, but happy with the fact that we’re here.

“I think we are better than in Qatar and I think we will have a strong race in the long run.

“So ultimately qualifying is just a small step towards the race. Now I’m concentrating on the double stint with the tires and consistency.”

When asked if she expected the No. 85 Lamborghini to be able to challenge for a class win, Bovy remained cautious in her predictions.

“It’s going to be difficult because I think we’re still a little bit off pace compared to a few cars,” she said.

“But it is clear that that is what we are going for. That’s what we work for. We are working in that direction. We are always motivated for that.

“It will be a very intense race. I expect many neutralizations. The strategy will be crucial. So I hope we can be smart about that and take advantage of it.”

Davey Euwema is the European editor of Sportscar365. Based in the Netherlands, Euwema’s activities include the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship, the European Le Mans Series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS.