For the second consecutive race in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), Bayshore Recycling ambassadors Frankie Montecalvo and Gunnar Jeannette finished on the podium. During today’s Three Hours of Imola, the American duo finished in third place for Ram Racing.
This also marks the second consecutive ELMS round for Ram Racing to score two podium finishes. The No. 52 sister Ferrari of Johnny Mowlem and Matt Griffin finished first in the LM GTE class, earning Ram Racing’s first victory in ELMS competition.
Gunnar Jeannette qualified the No. 53 Ram Racing Ferrari 458 Italia third in the LM GTE class, for the three-hour event. Jeannette would then drive the opening stint while Montecalvo would take over for the run to the checkered flag.
The Bayshore duo battled through the competition. During Jeannette’s stint he climbed into second position before handing the race car over to Montecalvo.
Montecalvo, with minimal track time and limited experience on the 3.05-mile, 22-turn circuit, maintained the second place run and lead laps as the field cycled through pit stops.
In the closing laps, there was a minor off-course incident with Montecalvo behind the wheel. He returned to the circuit in third position. Charging through the final moments of the three-hour event, Montecalvo ran out of time to regain second place and crossed the finish line third in class.
Next up for Bayshore Racing is Round Three of the five-race European Le Mans Series. Montecalvo and Jeannette head to Austria and The Red Bull Ring in July.
“I’m pleased we were able to finish on the podium. We had some really good racing out there. The Ram Racing guys did a great job. The car was perfect. The team is great, as always.
“I just struggled a little bit with track time. We got hurt with rain in the first practice this week. Then we only had a short period of time in the second practice. Jumping in the car without doing any laps before the race was a little hard for me with this new track. It took me a little while to get up to pace and how to drive the car. I made some mistakes, which happens and lets me know that I need to continuously improve.
“I’m able to enjoy the challenge of racing in the ELMS. It is great racing with Gunnar and it is always awesome to have him there as a big brother and coach to help me out. He’s done so much for me in the racing and his family; I have to thank all of them. We’ll keep working at it and we’ll get up there on that top step.
“It took me a while to get up to speed in the Ferrari, as a result of the lack of track time and experience at the circuit. This track is a big challenge. If you lose focus for a second, you could be in some big trouble. We had a little issue with some of the downshifting, I was struggling with, but it would just catch me up a little bit, so I would lose some time, but everything else was great. We got a podium out of it and that’s always good.”
“It was a good run. To come away from Imola with a double podium and Ram Racing’s first victory, I’m super proud to be a part of it. Hopefully, we’ll remember this day a couple years from now and when it all started.
“The No. 53 Ferrari had a good run. I ran in third behind Matt and Pat Long for my whole stint. I came in, handed it over to Frankie. He ran in second and led for a little bit during pit stops and then got cycled back into second. Then he was up against Marco Cioci, who is a Ferrari factory driver and Marco ended up getting him there at the end when Frankie made a bit of a mistake.
“I was both sad and happy to see Frankie racing Marco hard, also to know where he is in his development as a driver. Today will be a good day to remember and I know he’ll learn from it. When we get to Austria, we’ll be stronger.”