Italian News
AutoSprint and SportAutoMoto both have some interesting news this week – writes Gabriele Tosi.

The DR Sport team, in the ownership of Massimo Di Risio, the only official importer of Saleens into Europe, has almost completed the preparation of its S7-R for the Italian GT Championship, but it won’t be ready for the penultimate round at Misano next weekend: it should make its debut at Vallelunga in September.

But Misano should see not one but two Ferrari 575s from the JMB team: alongside the one raced last time by Malucelli and Casè should be a second one for Guagliardo and Valli. Both had about 15 laps each at the Paul Ricard circuit last weekend.

Matteo Malucelli has big plans for next season. After racing in the Italian GTs at Misano and Vallelunga, and perhaps helpng Casè to the GT title, next year this pair is planning a full assault on the FIA GT Championship, again with a 575… and may be on the grid at Imola this season.

The conclusion of the N-GT title race in Italy is expected to be an all-out “war” between the Ferrari 360 GTC of the Loris Kessel Racing and the EbiMotors Porsche RSR. Last week a massive amount of work was carried out on each car, by Christian Pescatori on the 360 and by Luca Riccitelli on the RSR. Some “mysterious new parts” will apparently find their way into each car at Misano.

The Italian press seems to think that the Maserati MC12 may be allowed to race, despite “not being in the spirit of the rules”…

Formula X (supporting the LMES event this year) will have a series in Italy next year. On July 20 and 21, a two day test has been planned at Misano for all the drivers want to test and race the car.

SportAutoMoto has some shocking photos from the big shunt at the start of CIP race at Mugello last Sunday. The safety car apparently stayed out too long and was moving too slowly, so when the lights went green the front rows were very slow away, while at the back of the 33 car field, the drivers simply didn’t take notice of the slow pace up front and went into the back of the midfield cars. Three drivers have been hospitalised and the worst injuries affected Sebastiano Mascolo, who had to be extracted from his completely destroyed Lucchini, with two broken legs.


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