Cecchellero takes first Maserati Trofeo win

Race 1 in the third round of the Maserati Trofeo MC World Series went to Andrea Cecchellero. The action at Silverstone saw the Italian scoop his first win of the season. Cecchelleros consistent driving saw him top off a fine days work after he earlier claimed the first qualifying session. Renaud Kuppens, from Konvex Motorsport, tried to challenge the eventual winner but was forced out halfway through when a wheel came loose. He was sitting in second at the time.

Runners-up spot was taken by Swiss Teams Mauro Calamia after a battling comeback from lower down the field. The Swiss driver started on ninth but gradually made his way through the pack. He claimed second place at the expense of Riccardo Ragazzi, shunted into third.

Mikkel Mac, from Denmark, took fourth with Frenchman Ange Barde edging Monaco-based Cedric Sbirrazzuoli into sixth in the closing stages.

Race 2 is timed for 10.15-10.45 tomorrow with the endurance event scheduled for 14.15-15.05 (local time). The destination of the Trofeo Europa has been put off to tomorrow with Renaud Kuppens, despite todays retirement and lack of points, still leading the standings.

Andrea Cecchellero: The start was crucial: being up front into the first turn was important because I then just had to build up a lead without asking too much of the car or tyres. The track was dirty and dangerous and it was very hot. At last we have pulled a great result out of the bag, one that we have been waiting a while for. For a number of reasons, in the first few races we couldnt really express ourselves fully but have shown that we deserved something better, both in tests and qualifying. We just needed that little extra belief and finally we found it.

Race 1 result                                                              1. Cecchellero/Fascicolo 31:15.950                   2. Mauro Calamia 31:23.911*     3. Simoni/Ragazzi 31:24.956

*competing in the Pirelli Team Cup