Lewes racing driver celebrates win at famous Imola track

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The second round of the Italian GT Sprint Championship took place at Imola over the weekend with Lewes’ Jack Bartholomew and teammate Phillippe Denes starting the weekend off on a high by taking pole position for both races.

After winning race one convincingly by almost 9 seconds a questionable penalty saw the #85 out of the points.

Determined to rectify Saturday’s result Jack started from pole position but slightly cold tyres saw him run wide at turn 1 dropping him to 5th, Jack then set a string of fastest laps to get back into contention and challenging the leading pack.

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Pitting at the end of lap 12 for the compulsory driver change a well-timed pit stop saw the pairing jump into second place then a daring move by team mate Phillippe moved them into first.

Jack Bartholomew and rivals at Imola | Picture submittedJack Bartholomew and rivals at Imola | Picture submitted
Jack Bartholomew and rivals at Imola | Picture submitted

On lap 18 it started to rain with some cars opting to stop for wet tyres, but the leading group remained on slicks.

A safety car at the end of lap 19 bunched the field up and with 6 minutes remaining the race resumed. By the flag the #85 Imperiale Racing Lamborghini crossed the line with a lead of 2.5 seconds and securing the pairings first Italian GT3 Sprint win.

Jack Bartholomew said: “I am happy to get my first Italian GT3 Sprint win on Sunday however Saturdays race was a bitter pill to swallow after winning convincingly and getting a questionable penalty. Phillipe drove fantastically and the team gave us a great car all weekend.”

The next round of the Italian GT Sprint Championship is in Mugello at the end of August.

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