After a 2-year break due to the closeness of the final race of the last seasons at Kyalami, the SUPERSTARS SERIES was back as a main act at the famous "Area 48" of the Motor Show of Bologna. Eight drivers challenged each other in knockout heats on the twisty arena track of the venue. In the end, it was Thomas Biagi (Team BMW Italia) to prevail aboard his BMW M3, as he defeated Andrea Bertolini (Maserati Quattroporte – Swiss Team) in the final. The third place final handed the last podium spot available to Biagi's team-mate Stefano Gabellini, who defeated youngster Ivan Tramontozzi (BMW M3 - Movisport). The runs of four more drivers were halted in quarter finals including Nico Caldarola (Mercedes C63 AMG), Gian Maria Gabbiani (Jaguar XF), Michela Cerruti (Mercedes C63 AMG) e Max Pigoli (Mercedes C63 AMG).
FGGroup President Maurizio Flammini: "The Motor Show of Bologna is the world's top event when it comes to highlighting people's passion for motorsports. And the SUPERSTARS INTERNATIONAL SERIES is aiming at becoming the world's benchmark for this type of racing in an effort to follow in the same successful path of the Superbike World Championship, which we promoted since the beginning. SUPERSTARS racing will soon be achieving the same results with an overall record still standing in motorsports of 10 car manufacturers competing: Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Jaguar, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes e Porsche."
AUTOSPRINT, FGGROUP CELEBRATE 2011 CHAMPIONS
The race itself hasn't been the only highlight of SUPERSTARS at Bologna's Motor Show. In co-operation with Media Partner Autosprint, the magazine's Editor-In-Chief Alberto Sabbatini and FGGroup's President Maurizio Flammini awarded the 2011 Champions of the SUPERSTARS SERIES and the INTERNATIONAL GTSPRINT SERIES. For the INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS SERIES the awards went to the two top contenders for title and frontrunners in the points charts Andrea Bertolini (Maserati Quattroporte - Swiss Team) and Luigi Ferrara (Mercedes C63 AMG - Caal Racing). They were joined on-stage by Alberto Cerqui, who captured the ITALIAN SUPERSTARS CHAMPIONSHIP on a Team BMW Italia-prepared BMW M3 and also cruised to Rookie honours. Team BMW Italia were awarded the "Trofeo Salvatore Genovese" prize for the best team while Francesco Ascani won the Stars Drivers title with his BMW M3. Regarding the INTERNATIONAL GTSPRINT SERIES, the main prize went to the duo of Giuseppe Cirò and Gaetano Ardagna Perez, who won the overall series on their AF Corse Ferrari 430. The Italian-based squad prevailed among teams, while the other classes went to Matteo Cressoni (GTS2) the Fabio Mancini/Niki Cadei combo (GTS3) and the pairing of Steven Goldstein and Antonio De La Reina (GTS Cup).