Andrea Palma (Ferrari) dominates in GTSPRINTSUPERSTARS, GTSPRINT PROVIDE PLENTY OF EXCITEMENT IN TUSCANY WHILE AUDI'S JOHAN KRISTOFFERSSON RETAINS THE SUPERSTARS INTERNATIONAL SERIES LEAD
Life is full of first times for everybody, and the SUPERSTARS INTERNATIONAL SERIES round at Mugello was no exception.
In Race 1, home hero Andrea Larini cruised to his first career victory in the championship aboard a Mercedes C63 AMG fielded by Team Romeo Ferraris. In Race 2, Francesco Sini got his maiden win with the Solaris Motorsport Chevrolet Lumina. With six different drivers and four constructors (Audi, Chevrolet, Jaguar, Mercedes) able to score wins this season, SUPERSTARS is each day more exciting, although Swedish racer Johan Kristoffersson is still in the championship lead. The Swede also increased his margin by just one point over Thomas Biagi.
After having cruised to the pole in Qualifying, the Bologna-based racer was involved in a Race 1 crash started by team-mate Sandro Bettini. The incident also put out of contention Gianni Morbidelli (Audi RS5), Andrea Boffo (Jaguar XFR) and Colombian Camilo Zurcher (Mercedes C63 AMG). Nonetheless, Biagi drove his BMW M3 to third in Race 2 behind his Team BMW Dinamic team-mate Stefano Gabellini. In Race 1, Larini was partnered on the podium by Johnny Herbert (Maserati Quattroporte) and Gabellini. Indonesian Ananda Mikola also experienced a good weekend run at his first time with the Roma Racing Team Mercedes. In Race 2, he finished in fourth followed by Tonio Liuzzi after having finished Race 1 in eight. Liuzzi captured a double top-5 finish with Max Pigoli (Jaguar) and Mauro Cesari (Maserati) respectively taking sixth place in the two heats.
Andrea Palma with the Black Team Ferrari 458 GTS2 cruised to a sensational double win in the GTSPRINT INTERNATIONAL SERIES, as he extended his championship lead even further. Ivan Capelli, at his first start in the Grand Touring competition promoted by FG GROUP, won twice in the GTS3 category and captured two second-place finishes overall aboard a Kessel-prepared Ferrari 458 GTS3. The former Formula 1 racer was followed in both occasions by the RC Motorsport Corvette Z06 R, shared by Roberto Del Castello and Roberto Benedetti. A double win also came from the GTS Open category with a dominant performance by GDL Racing's men Ennio Ricci and Angelo Schiatti, on a Porsche 997 .
In the GTS Cup Trophy the wins were shared by Alessandro Bernasconi, who scored in Race 1 aboard a Ferrari 430 lined-up by Scuderia Baldini 27 Network, and Vittorio Bagnasco, who dominated the afternoon's run with his Happy Racer-run Porsche 997. While the GTS3 class is still led by Ferrari's Mario Cordoni, Bagnasco has hit the top in GTS Cup.
The next round for the SUPERSTARS and GTSPRINT INTERNATIONAL SERIES is scheduled for the first weekend of July at the Hungaroring, near Budapest.
SUPERSTARS Race 1 (top-5): 1. Andrea Larini (Mercedes C63 AMG - Team Romeo Ferraris) 11 laps, 28’40”453; 2. Johnny Herbert (Maserati Quattroporte - Swiss Team) 0”421; 3. Stefano Gabellini (BMW M3 E92 - Team BMW Dinamic) 7”138; 4. Johan Kristoffersson (Audi RS5 - Audi Sport KMS) 7”932; 5. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Mercedes C63 AMG - Caal Racing) 12”268.
SUPERSTARS Race 2 (top-3): 1. Francesco Sini (Chevrolet Lumina - Solaris Motorsport) 14 laps, 28’04”029; 2. Stefano Gabellini (BMW M3 E92 - Team BMW Dinamic) 0”731; 3. Thomas Biagi (BMW M3 E92 - Team BMW Dinamic) 4”753.DRIVERS' STANDINGS (top-3): 1. Johan Kristoffersson 101; 2. Thomas Biagi 84; 3. Vitantonio Liuzzi 82.
GTSPRINT Race 1 (top-5): 1. Andrea Palma (Ferrari 458 - Black Team) 17 laps, 31’49”671; 2. Ivan Capelli (Ferrari 458 - Kessel Racing) 11”614; 3. Roberto Del Castello (Corvette Z06 R - RC Motorsport) 17”628; 4. Simone Pellegrinelli (Ferrari 430 - Black Tean) 18”846; 5. Glauco Solieri (Porsche 997 - Autorlando) a 34”724.
GTSPRINT Race 2 (top-5): 1. Andrea Palma (Ferrari 458 - Black Team) 16 laps, 30’02”979; 2. Ivan Capelli (Ferrari 458 - Kessel) 6”079; 3. Roberto Benedetti (Corvette Z06 R - RC Motorsport) 26”542; 4. Glauco Solieri (Porsche 997 - Autorlando) 35”995; 5. Mario Cordoni (Ferrari 458 - Ombra Racing Team) 41”639.