The Driver’s Trophy

This Italian series was created by Dr. Sergio Peroni, a man who thinks more of the spectacle on the track than making money – writes Gabriele Tosi.

This event followed the DTM to Adria last weekend (a week after the German series), and the variety on track was remarkable: everything from a little Peugeot 205 up to the big GTs. The series is divided into four distinct races – for the F3s, for the Clios and two for GT and Touring cars (up to 2500cc) and, the most interesting for your reporter and for dsc readers, over 2500cc.

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From 20 to 40 GT and Touring (Supertouring and ex-DTM) machines take to the track at a typical event – but at Adria it was an impressive 35 of them racing.

dailysportscar.comVictory went to a 996 Cup Porsche of Guido Piva (above)in front of another 996 of Salvatore Giorgi (right). In third overall, one of your reporter’s favourite cars, a Volvo S40 (’99 Ryckard Rydell BTCC car) of Pelucchio, after a very good battle with another 996 of Consoli. The Porsche didn’t make the finish, stopping at the side the track with transmission failure.

Behind the top three the Vauxhall (ex Cleland BTCC) and the BMW 320 Supertouring of Destro battled each other and with the marvellous BMW M3 of Zarpellon (ex-DTM of Cecotto) and the Lotus Elise of Pugliese.

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dailysportscar.comThe most beautiful car? Difficult to choose…I would pick perhaps the Sierra RS 500, with its beautiful sounds.

Ah yes, on Friday a Pagani took to the track just for fun, isn’t she beautiful?

Next stop Misano on June 6: a more suitable track for the bigger cars.

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