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Henry Hassid (TDS Racing) tops the time sheets in Bronze test

11 April 2014

28 of the 40 cars entered for the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series 2014 participated in the Bronze test, to give the Bronze drivers the occasion to familiarize themselves with their cars and the Monza track.

After the usual skirmishes in the early stages, it was Stefano Comandini in the #43 ROAL Motorsport BMW who, after 15 minutes into the session, set a time that proved to be hard to beat. Only after half an hour running other drivers were able to set comparable lap times, but it took 54 minutes of action to see the #12 TDS Racing BMW, driven by Frenchman Henry Hassid, to set a new fastest time. The former French GT champion remained on top, even though Fredy Barth in the Emil Frey Jaguar #14 came close to beating the BMW’s time, only to stop on track with smoke coming out from under the hood.

The session was interrupted shortly after the start, when a misunderstanding between Dennis Andersen in the #17 Insightracing with Flex-Box Ferrari and Gilles Vannelet in the #42 Sport Garage Ferrari lead to contact at the entry of the pitlane. Both cars suffered damage, which prevented the drivers to further participate in the session.