|The Iron Dames have completed a challenging 24 Hours of Le Mans at the Circuit de la Sarthe, with Sarah Bovy, Michelle Gatting and Rahel Frey finishing as the second-fastest Ferrari in LMGTE Am following an impressive comeback drive from the back of the field.|
Starting the race in sixth place after becoming the first all-female line up to qualify for the Hyperpole qualifying session, the Iron Dames machine experienced a rear puncture in the opening lap, which sent the car to the very back of the class to twenty-third place. In the ensuing hours, the pace from Sarah, Michelle and Rahel gently moved the #85 car back towards the front with a ‘never give up’ attitude, proving the Dames’ talent and determination to eventually finish the race in seventh place, gaining sixteen places.
|Iron Lynx Team Principal, Andrea Piccini, said: “I think we must be satisfied with our result at Le Mans this year. For sure, the results didn’t go exactly the way we would’ve hoped, but all cars showed a strong pace, getting faster as the race went on. The #80 car was the fastest LMGTE Am Ferrari at one point and all cars ran with zero technical issues throughout the entire race.|
“The Iron Dames fought back after the early puncture, and we’re very proud of Sarah, Michelle and Rahel for overcoming the setback and for racing on with a never give up attitude. Once again, they’ve shown that together they’re very fast and can achieve great results, and we’ll keep fighting for podiums and wins in the future after this experience.
The 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship continues at Monza on 10th July for the 6 Hours of Monza.
Photographs by Iron Lynx.