Bartosz Bednorz in the Olimp Team!
This weekend, the Olimp Racing team made their debut in the International GT Open cycle. The duo of drivers comprising Marcin Jedliński and Mateusz Lisowski came eighth and fourth in their first race at the Hungarian Hungaroring in the Pro-Am class.
Saturday's rainy qualification was rather unlucky for Olimp Racing. Mateusz Lisowski, the team’s coach returning to the driver's seat, performed excellently in individual sectors of the Hungaroring track. If all his results in these sectors were added up, the Olimp Racing driver would have won the pole position. Unfortunately, the track was rather crammed, which meant that Lisowski failed to complete one perfect lap at a good pace. Finally, Mateusz Lisowski, driving an Audi R8 LMS GT3, came fifth in the Pro-Am qualification.
During the race, it was hard to improve the result because overtaking at the Hungaroring track is no piece of cake. During the drivers’ swap the team's pit stop was extended by about 17 seconds, which made it difficult for Marcin Jedliński to fight for the best position. As a result, the Olimp Racing driver finished eighth in the Pro-Am class.
In the AM class, Stanisław Jedliński came fifth in another Audi R8 LMS GT3 of the Olimp Racing team.
On Sunday, Marcin Jedliński stood for qualification and came seventh. His race was also packed with adventures. At the beginning, the Pole was attacked by Zdenko Mikulasko of Slovakia, who flew on Olimp Racing car's fender and then bumped into Thiago Marques of Brazil.
A moment later, a safety car entered the track, which caused yet another collision. Stefano Constantini lost control of his car and hit the rear bumper of the Audi R8 LMS GT3. Marcin Jedliński demonstrated masterful control of the vehicle and drove on with a damaged wheel rim.
After 25 minutes there was a swap of drivers in the Olimp Racing team. Mateusz Lisowski sat down behind the wheel and started to move forward. He moved to a fourth position at a good pace and almost got on the podium. Mateusz chased the Chinese Jiatong Liang to the very end, and was 0.1 seconds behind him on the last lap. Unfortunately for the Polish driver, the rival managed to fend off the attacks and eventually came in third.
- From the very beginning, together with Marcin Jedliński, we moved at a great pace. It's just a bit of bad luck. Marcin put the gas pedal to the metal all weekend, which impressed me very much. Together, we make a great team and are very competitive compared to other players in this series – summed Mateusz Lisowski, the coach of Olimp Racing. - In the first race, we lost 17 seconds on the pit stop at our own will. In the second race, though, we had a lot of luck. The racer following Marcin lost control of the car and wanted to blow him out of the way, but Marcin kept his cool and mastered the car like a boss, turning it at a beautiful 360 degrees. The only thing to wonder about is BoP (balance of performance – an equalizer of power differences between cars) on the straight line, which to me was a bit strange... But, after all, that didn't depend on us – he added.