Riccardo Ragazzi hit back in the second race at Shanghai to close the gap on Maserati Trofeo World Series leader Mauro Calamia. Yesterday’s final lap was costly for Ragazzi as Calamia went on to win but this time the end of the 30-minute event was his moment to strike for home. Calamia tried a little too hard to catch up, put all four wheels on the grass and spun, allowing Alan Simoni to take second and Giorgio Sernagiotto third.
The safety car was called out on lap four to remove Peiran Lu’s car from a dangerous spot on the track. He had ended up there after crashing into the barriers. With the safety car on, the rain started coming down but not enough for the Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeos to pit for a tyre change.
Lino Curti put on one of his best displays to finish fifth. Giuseppe Fascicolo was sixth across the line but is under the spotlight for overtaking while the safety car was on, as is Alessandro Iazzetti (eighth) and Andreas Segler (eighteenth). In seventh came Masimo Mantovani. Xin Jin, from China, was the highest-placed Asian driver in event.
The 60-minute endurance race, with its compulsory pit stop, will be run tomorrow (12 October) at 11.00 (local time).
Riccardo Ragazzi: “I was in two minds about attacking Calamia because of the time handicap in the endurance race. Then I just went for it and, as soon as I spotted a gap, I managed to get through. It was pleasing to beat my rival. It was also great to see my ex-team mate, Alan Simoni, and my friend, Giorgio Sernagiotto, on the podium”.
Race 2 result: 1 Riccardo Ragazzi – 30:36.316 2 Alan Simoni – 30:36.317 3 Giogrio Sernagiotto – 30:37.702