Italian Prototype Championship – Magione – May
For the only time this year the two major Italian Championships
were together at the same track and we could compare the sportscars
to the GTs.
The pole for
the CIP race was almost three seconds faster than the GT pole, even
though the prototypes run Avons and the GTs use superior Pirellis.
An impressive 32 cars on the entry list and on a short track like
Magione this meant that the first 20 cars in the qualifying are
automatically in the race, the rest having to run a qualifying race
on Saturday afternoon – to provide a 26 car grid for Suday.
The pole went to newcomer
Davide Uboldi (ex F3) in last year’s Lucchini-BMW of the reigning
champion Filippo Francioni (who will be on the grid in his new CN2
machine at the next round), followed by the Adria winner Denny Zardo
and another newcomer, Daniele Maurizi in his old ’96 Lucchini
The race turned out to
be another win for Zardo, in front of Maurizi and Uboldi, so the
quick newcomers had a fantastic weekend!
At the start Uboldi maintained
P1 in front of Zardo, Serafini, Maurizi, Francisci and Margelli.
On lap 6 Zardo managed to pass Uboldi for the lead and after that
eased away from the group, but soon the safety car appeared due
to a car stuck in the sand, packing the group together - but no
problem for Zardo (in teamroller mode like Francioni last year)
who flew away from a very clever Serafini (making up a place on
Uboldi)…. Until Serafini then touched the Osella of Zardo
and spun off into the sand, race over.
So an open road for Zardo
because Uboldi he couldn’t keep in touch, and was anyway fending
off the next group - Francisci and Merendino, followed by a very
‘hot’ Francia in his CN2 car.
It was an easy
win for Zardo, front of Maurizi, Uboldi, Francisci and Merendino.
There were very few retirements for technical reasons, an unusual
feature in this championship.
In the CN2 category it
was another win for Francia in his Osella-Honda (sixth overall),
in CN3 another win for Manfrè Lucchini’s ’96-AR
and in the SR2 class (struggling on the twisty track) a win for
Next stop Pergusa on
May 30… but expect the lowest grid of the year owing to the
distance from the heartland of Italian prototype racing.