Posillipo win Le Mans

After seven attempts, the Possilipo Slot Club from Napoli achieved overall victory at the DiSCA Le Mans 24 hours with their LMGT Ferrari 458.

The team of four, captained by Claudio R. Savarese and joined by regulars Santoro, Aliberti and Germani were joined by former BB Slot racer Marco Scatena. Their Black Arrow / Olifer Ferrari 458 emerged as an early pace setter among it’s GT category competitors but it was not until the third hour of the race that the Italians began to worry the LMP contingent for overall placing.

Possilipo Slot Club team L to R: Marco Scatena, Vittori Santoro, Claudi Savarese, Giampaolo Germani, Antionio Aliberti

The team achieved a largely trouble-free 24 hours and put in consistent lap times on lane 1 in order to cross the finish line ahead of the ProSpeed Corvette C7.r, Rockingham Toyota TS030, and Demon Slot Racing Lola B12/80. The two British teams won LMP1 and LMP2 respectively.

The German Corvette placed second overall and second in GT, a remarkable effort for a second time appearance with two rookie drivers. Stefan Nalbach’s team were also awarded the Spirit of Le Mans for zero penalty marks over 24 hours. The North Staffs Viper also scored zero penalties.

LMP2 was a battle between eventual winners Demon Slot Racing Lola and Sports Carazing’s Pescarolo. The two teams were in close quarters for the majority of the race, with various problems plaguing both teams throughout. By the end of the race the only option for both cars was to run in lane four, where there became little chance of the order changing. A late drama for the Welsh squad was just enough to see off the chasing car of Sports Carazing, both cars finishing 4th and 5th respectively and 1-2 in class.

LMP2 was a battle between Demon Slot Racing (Lola) and Sports Carazing (Pescarolo)

In LMP1, it was a repeat of 2018 for Rockingham who entered as favourites and suffered problems which would set them out of contention behind the best GT cars. Roadkings secured the pole position but endured a race of tribulation and finished behind the placement in the other categories. By the end, third place LMP1 of Olifer Racing had closed the gap to just 20 laps after falling to the back of the pack in the evening. The Portuguese team scored the most laps of any car for each of the last three hours, but it was a case of too little too late for the team’s LMP1 debut. However, the mood in the camp improved when the team were announced as winners of the concours d’elegance, and only five points ahead of the sister LMP2 car.

Concours winning Oreca 01 by Olifer Racing next to Rockingham’s Toyota TS030

In GT, Ford MonkeyTown NL, Tamar Nelwan’s effort for 2019, salvaged a third place in category after a difficult practice day and race beginning. Electrical issues troubled the Anglo-Dutch squad, featuring RC racers Wayne and Stephen Lander. They finished ahead of Swedish debutants Slot-Racing KSR, also running a ProSpeed Corvette C7.R.

Final result 8th ed. DiSCA Le Mans 24 hours