Italian Driver’s Trophy – Misano – June
Gabriele Tosi is a great fan of this series,
and forwards this report from the meeting earlier this month.
This time the
usual two categories, up to 2000cc and over 2000cc, are split into
three races. In fact about 100 cars are entered for this event,
at one of the best Italian track for layout and facilities. The
qualifying sessions were very exciting, with plenty of action in
the 25 minute periods.
At the end the
pole went to the 911 GT3 of Dazzan (seen in the race, above), in
front of the Alfa Romeo 156 Supertouring of Valli, followed by another
911 of Borrett, then “the old lady” 993 turbo of Pasini
…. then another two Porsches, those of Proietti and Gravino.
Your reporter’s favourite Volvo S40 was eighth fastest.
The 23 car field
(for the largest-engined cars) included some 360 Challenge entries,
some other Supertouring cars and the Clio V6s.
race day, dark clouds were approaching very fast and the local marshals
reckoned that a big storm was approaching. In fact, just 15 minutes
before the start, the heavens opened in biblical fashion, and the
track was like a big lake, and everyone sought shelter.
15 minutes later
and the rain stopped, a strong cold wind helping to dry the track.
The race started almost half an hour later with four non-starters
(no rain tyres) including the S40. Bugger.
At the (standing)
start on a still very wet track the rear-wheel drive Porsche had
a very fast getaway, while the local man Valli in his 156 had a
dreadful one and was tenth at the first corner.
But soon Valli
recovered and was chasing Borrett (Porsche GT3 Cup) very hard. It
was interesting to see the Supertouring 156 and the Porsches matching
lap times, with the Alfa exiting out of the curves very fast only
to be caught by the Borret Porsche (below) on the main straights
– all this on a track that was still damp.
such good conditions for the Sierra RS500, which was struggling
badly with its immense turbo torque. Also out in the early laps
were two other the Supertouring machines, the Honda Accord of Sterza
and the BMW 320i of Destro, while the Vauxhall Vectra of Benefenati
was making ground very fast and having a very good battle with the
993 Turbo of Pasini, which passed the Vauxhall on every straight.
Behind the top 5 Benusiglio
(360 Challenge), Farneti (Lotus Exige) and Gravino (RS) having another
Valli and Borrett
still battled hard, while a little distant was the 911 Cup of Proietti.
On lap 9 out
of 12 dramas struck the 156 of Valli (transmission), so Borrett
had an ‘easy life’ (thanks also to the ABS system on
the Porsche Cup version) and cruised to a deserved win just two
seconds in front of Proietti, while the battle for third place took
the spotlight away from the leader for the last two laps: on an
almost dry track the superior power of the 993 turbo of Pasini had
the upper hand from Benefenati, some ten seconds back Dazzan, Benusiglio
and Farneti crossing the line within one and half seconds.
So another exciting race
in this Championship, full of battles between very different types
of cars, and a good grid too.
readers (and those who understand and read Italian) full standings
section “calendario e classifiche gare”.