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23 Mar, 2008

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First test at Monza

Great weather at Monza. Race engineer Stefan Lehmann. Team owner Felice Di Grandi.

From left to right: Great weather at Monza. Race engineer Stefan Lehmann. Team owner Felice Di Grandi.

For the first time  this year Tony and the Swedish crew had opportunity to meet and work with new Swiss partner G2 Racing for a test day. The weather at Monza was perfect, a big warm Italian sun kept the temperatures around 20 degrees and especially the Swedes enjoyed the stay in Italy as the weather in Sweden during these days was lousy and cold with lots of wind and snow.

Along with the two Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli drivers Tony Ring and German Björn Grossman, G2 Racing also worked with 3 drivers who will race in the Coppa Shell: Claudio Sdanewicz from Switzerland, Stefan Hackl, Germany and Swedish debutant Christer Bohlin. Team owner Felice di Grandi who has been competing in the series did not do any driving this time as he preferred to supervise the team with all new drivers present.

A lot of work was done with Tonys Ferrari, more than 10 different setups were tested and evaluated, Tony did a long first stint of 3,5 hours without even getting out of the car. This was also the first time Tony worked with G2:s race engineer Stefan Lehmann, and the cooperation went extremely well, Stefan has long experience with different teams, from truck racing to formula cars.

Around 30 cars took part in this official Ferrari Challenge test day and there were quite a lot of incidents which resulted in red flags as cars went off the track or suffered mechanical failures. All drivers at G2 had a productive day though, and Tony was really satisfied and happy to be back in the car after a long winter. He did consistent lap times and was able to do some very competitive laps, especially towards the end of the day.

Left: Swedish mechanic Tobias Hagtorn gets aquainted with G2:s Davide Polimeni. Right: Fire among the fuel barrels!

Swedish mechanic Tobias Hagtorn gets aquainted with G2:s Davide Polimeni. And... fire among the fuel barrels!

Just before the end the team suffered a scary moment as a spark from the compressor used for pumping fuel ignited fumes from the two 200 litre petrol barrels when one of the crew was filling the fuel rig. A big fire inside the pit box was the result and thanks to quick reactions from the mechanics only the air compressor and some tanking equipment were damaged.

Next up is the first race at Monza next weekend, we will be prepared…

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