Enna – CIP & Italian GTs – May 30 / 31
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
Wins in the two one hour races to the Mastracci / Gabbiani Viper
and the Zonca / Lancellotti Lister.
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.
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."
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 two was very 'quiet' until the closing stages, after a safety
car period (for a big accident involving the Racing Box and Mac
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
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.