DAMS put up an impressive performance in the latest round of the FIA GT championship at Oschersleben, as the team continues to work on moving the new Lambroghini Murcielago up the order.

The race started in wet conditions with Andrea Piccini and Beppe Gabbiani both proving to be competitive in the opening stages. Piccini quickly moved up to eleventh place when the team decided to stop him to fit slick tyres. He rejoined in 19th place, setting lap times among the top five on the track. Piccini had climbed to eighth place when he then pitted under the safety car to hand over to Jean Denis Delatraz.

However he was unable to continue the charge up the order, when a driveshaft failure forced the leading Lamborghini out of the race.

"Regardless of the broken drive shaft, I consider this weekend a positive one," Piccini said. "We solved a few problems that had come up in Imola and the car has overall improved. It's true that the Oschersleben track is more adaptable to the Lamborghini than the Imola circuit but it's also true that thanks to everyone's hard work, the car keeps making giant progress. In view of the track conditions, we decided to use tyres for a wet track during the race and the car responded excellently. Unfortunately, at lap 81, we had to retire for the broken drive shaft.

"It's pity that we had this problem, which we are trying to fix. But we can't let this problem overshadow all the good progress we made this weekend. We have to remember that with the strategy that we had in mind, we could have fought for the podium."

The sister car of Gabbiani and Felipe Ortiz finished the race in 18th position, with a puncture costing them precious time during the race.

"We have still a lot to do," technical director Eric Boulliersaid, "and the team remains focused on the development the Murcielago."


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