It's almost time to go for the 2012 INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS SERIES and all the teams are getting ready for round 1, scheduled for the 1st of April at Monza. This week, several drivers hit the track at the Franciacorta Circuit in Northern Italy. The reigning Challenge F.Renault 2.0 Italia Champion, 17-year-old Andrea Boffo, went on-track with the powerful Mercedes C63 AMG racers alongside Milan-based driver Gian Maria Gabbiani, Italian-Russian youngster Alessandro Kouzkin and Andrea Larini, brother of former F.1 racer Nicola."The car is great to drive - said Gabbiani, who entered the non-championship round at Bologna's Motor Show last December - because it highlights the basic skills of a driver, and there's plenty of wheelspin which is actually pretty fun! In addition to that, the SUPERSTARS SERIES has now become the benchmark championship in Europe especially due to its clever promotion and huge media coverage. It's something we really need, especially in tough times like these..."
Domenico Ferlito also hit the track yesterday behind the wheel of a Jaguar XF racer, finally back to its original green colour for the occasion, and logged a fair number of laps with the revamped British racecar. The Ferlito Motors Jaguar XF performed well last year at Monza, scoring 2nd place on Race 2.
After a positive shakedown at Varano, Swiss-based Solaris Motorsport fielded their top-driver again. Francesco Sini was visibly satisfied with the American racer's performance after the huge effort put in its development. Team Manager Cristian Grasso, who aims at fielding a second car in the upcoming collective test at Monza, was equally impressed.
Francesco Sini: "Today's program has been different from the one carried-on at Varano 10 days ago. This time we worked on several set-up solutions and I'm really impressed with how the car behaved. The great laptimes we scored are an additional motivation to keep on working. We want to be among the frontrunners at Monza."
With just one month to go before the first race at Monza, the SUPERSTARS engines are rolling and ready for the start. The show is about to begin...