Enna – CIP & Italian GTs – May 30 / 31

CIP Prototypes
The result of the CIP round at Enna-Pergusa is …. rather confusing at the moment – writes Gabriele Tosi.

During the race a safety car phase occurred, but instead of picking the leader - Denny Zardo - the safety car picked up ‘somebody else’ putting half the field a lap down.

The race director declared the race over, but it seems no result has been posted. More news to follow….

Italian GT Championship
Wins in the two one hour races to the Mastracci / Gabbiani Viper and the Zonca / Lancellotti Lister.

RACE 1
It was Mastracci who dominated race 1, resulting in a clear win for the new pair for the DR Sport Equipe Team. Mastracci took the lead from turn one and never looked back. For the first few laps he was tracked closely by Cioci and Lancellotti, while (true to its recent form), the 550 suffered a problem on the formation lap and Guagliardo was left to start from the pit lane.

There were problems too for two of the Vipers. In the first few minutes of the race, the second placed car of Cioci fell victim to a cut tyre (thanks to the high kerb). The Championship leader Perazzini, also pitted out of sequence, also with a cut tyre.

Gugliardo meanwhile, as at Mugello, was gaining places fast on the Lister, working his way up to third behind Mastracci and Lancellotti…but then a problem struck the Lister, which entered the pit-lane on lap 14 owing to a problem with the engine (water temperature too high).

At the driver change Gabbiani replaced Mastracci, leaving pit lane ahead of Guagliardo’s teammate: this pair would circulate pretty much together for the latter part of the race.

At the flag it was Gabbiani who took the win, but by only 0.72 seconds! He was suitably happy: "I never raced at Pergusa, and I hadn't driven a Chrysler Viper before this weekend, and, it was my debut in the Italian series, so it was a dream for me. The team, and Davide did a fantastic job and I want to thank Ettore Bonaldi for making it all possible. It was close though because we nearly ran out of fuel on the last lap. I had to stop and wait for the flag to drop before I crossed the line, instead of doing an extra lap. The Ferrari 550M of Lorenzo Case was closing in, so we just made it."

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In N-GT, and third overall Riccitelli / Quester won the class, despite some tyre problems in the final part of the race, the Porsche finishing just ahead of Merzario / Ferrari in a…Ferrari 360 GTC, a new car, very new.

There was bad luck for the polesitters Galimberti / Pigoli: a mistake by Galimberti saw him touching a stack of tyres on the “Schumacher” chicane.

In the GT3 class as predicted at Mugello the Maserati Trofeo Light, now with more development work done, is the car to have and at the end it was an easy win for Raimondi / Giudici in front of Corradi / Cipolli.

RACE 2
Race two was very 'quiet' until the closing stages, after a safety car period (for a big accident involving the Racing Box and Mac racing Vipers).

At the start Zonca kept his pole place at the head of the field but the Lister was passed by Casè on the back straight on lap 2, the Viper holding the advantage to the pit-stop, but with the Storm gathering for an attack behind.

For the ex-Italtecnica 550 though reliability is the weakest part of the package and so it would prove again, the 550 pitting very slowly on lap 24 with gearbox failure.

The Lister then led, despite a slow pit stop, but was then passed by Gabbiani, the winner of race 1.

The safety car period then compressed the pack once again and at the restart Lancellotti kept his foot in and passed Gabbiani for the lead, the Viper suffering a problem with fuel pickup which was blunting the V10’s edge.

At the end Lancellotti’s Lister won in front of the N-GT (second overall) winner Berton / Piccoli (360 GTC) and Kessel / Chiesa.

Fourth overall and third in N-GT were Pigoli / Galimberti (after the retirement in race 1).

The now ex-Championship leaders Perazzini / Matteuzzi had a nightmare weekend: after the retirement in race 1 they started last for race 2. A furious charge by Matteuzzi took the Viper up into second at one point, before Perazzini spun off into the gravel, zero points for the weekend.

Second place in GT went to Baso / Cioci, sixth overall.

In GT3, Corradi / Cipolli second in race 1, took the win after a 20 second penalty for the race 1 winners, Giudici / Raimondi, due to a shotcut at the chicane.

Next Stop on June 13 – Le Mans Sunday – at Misano.
Gabriele Tosi

 

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