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Returning to Barcelona

LMC - 16/07/2019

While the two-hour race for the Michelin Le Mans Cup on Saturday 20 July will be the first visit to Spain’s premier race track, there are two drivers on the grid who raced in the last Le Mans Series race to take place in Barcelona ten years ago.

Reigning GT3 drivers champion Giacomo Piccini competed in the 1000km de Catalunya in the no29 Racing Box Lola-Judd in the LMP2 class. Piccini raced with fellow Italians Filippo Francioni and Andre Ceccato and claimed the class pole position in a time of 1m36.156s. In the 6 hour-race the Italian crew finished third in the LMP2 class, with their teammates Andrea Piccini, Matteo Bobbi and Thomas Biagi taking the LMP2 victory in the no30 Racing Box Lola.

Giacomo Piccini will be competing with fellow GT3 champion Sergio Pianezzola in the no8 Kessel Racing Ferrari 488 GT3.

The second driver who was on the grid ten years ago is John Hartshorne. The British driver is also racing for the Kessel Racing team, competing with compatriot Ollie Hancock in the no50 Ferrari. 

In 2009 Hartshorne drove the LMGT2 class no99 JMB Racing Ferrari F430 GT with French drivers Johan Boris Scheier and Romain Iannetta, the trio finishing 6th in the GT2 category at the end of the 1000km race.

The two drivers will be hoping their previous experience of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will help them on the first visit by the Michelin Le Mans Cup.

Round 4 of the Michelin Le Mans Cup will take place on Saturday 20 July, with the two hour race due to begin at 13h00.

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