Misano – Italian GT Championship – July 17-18
– Race 2
17 cars on the grid for the second race, and of course no EbiMotors
RSR and no DR Viper, both involved in the dramatic shunt during
the first heat.
At the start
Lancellotti grabbed the lead from Perazzini and Bonaldi, while in
N-GT the pole man was Arturo Merzario (34 years after his last time
on the pole, we believe) was passed by the yellow Mik 360 GTC of
“Linos”, but the ever young Arturo began a good battle
with the yellow 360, with a little touch and some damage here and
there, with behind them the (almost champion) Kessel pressing hard.
Casè starting at the back (thanks to the engine change on
Saturday) was already in sixth place in the JMB 575.
made the move (to lead N-GT), then Chiesa passed “Linos”,
while in the lead battle Lancellotti was extending his lead from
Perazzini and Bonaldi. Meanwhile Casè caught and passed Bonaldi,
but this time the pass was more difficult than in race one. Casè
was up to third already.
In the GT3 class
Raimondi was trying to pass the second of the Mastercar 360s, but
made contact with La Mazza and pretty much ended the race because
the damage was getting worse and worse, a shame because the pair
had almost closed the gap in the standings with the GT3 Porsche
of Sada / Sala, almost champion as well now.
At 12 minutes
clutch dramas struck the reigning champion Perazzini and he pitted
the Viper – out of the race.
A little further
back, Peter passed “Linos” for the third place in N-GT
and began a ‘rude’ but fair battle with Kessel, the
pair followed by “Linos”…meanwhile Merzario flew
away at the front!
the pits with a puncture on the right front, more bad luck for the
was all the time gaining time from the 575, reflecting the real
status of the Lister team this weekend: totally focused and a perfect
set up for the car straight from the first free practice.
Pit stop time
began with the N-GT front runners (not Merzario) straight in nose
to tail, Chiesa exiting just in front of Berton, despite the fact
that the Viper of Cioci was very slow to exit the pit too. The Ferrari
duo exited just in front of Merzario and Berton was playing hard
to keep Arturo behind. Berton then tried an impossible late braking
move to pass Chiesa and had a little trip into the sand.
parked his Viper in the middle of the main straight, with transmission
trouble. Zonca, taking over from Lancellotti in the Lister, wasnot
only maintaining a good 30 second lead but kept it growing lap after
lap, a very good job by the semi-pro driver.
made it past Chiesa and went on to win the class, because despite
the best efforts from Merzario, his partner Francucci was very slow
and lost huge amount of time.
We just had
time to see Mastracci lose a (Viper) wheel and on the penultimate
lap Francucci, completing a bad race, hit the Viper of Bonaldi at
the end of the main straight - then on the last lap Malucelli slowed
dramatically in the Ferrari 575 (another puncture), but he managed
to reach the finish line, in second place.
In GT3 class
Sada / Sala won and took the Championship, thanks to steady scoring
races rather than outright speed, the Porsche clearly slower than
the Maserati from the third round of the series. The only other
finisher was the Maserati Light of Corradi / Cipolli.
the moon were Zonca and Lancellotti and Chiesa and Kessel. Liz Halliday
finished tenth, in a Porsche she was sharing with Roda – this
weekend was her first experience of the Italian series.
At the end of another thrilling and unfortunately dramatic weekend
we have two out of three Champions… well nearly three, because
unless something dramatic happens, the Lister should take the GT
title at Vallelunga in September. There is an issue with the suspension
of the Lister, and the team has 10 days to demonstrate the correct
certification of the parts.
In only its
second year, the re-born Italian GT Championship has establish itself
as the best series in Italy, with fantastic races, very good drivers
old and young, good cars…but maybe next year with the arrival
of the Saleen everything will change - unless new cars arrive from
1. Zonca-Lancellotti Lister in 1:00’25.181
2. Casè-Malucelli Ferrari 575 - 1:03.732
3. “Linos”-Berton Ferrari 360 GTC - 1 lap
4. Chiesa-Kessel Ferrari 360 GTC - 1 lap
5. Bonaldi-Mastracci Viper - 1 lap
6. Quester-Peter Porsche - 1 lap
7. Moccia-Groppi Porsche - 1 lap
8. Drudi-Monti Ferrari 360 Modena 1 lap
9. Merzario-Francucci Ferrai 360 GTC - 2 laps
10. Roda-Halliday Porsche - 2 laps
1. Zonca-Lancellotti Lister 172 pts
2. Matteuzzi-Perazzini Viper 154
3. Casè Ferrari 141
4. Baso-Cioci Viper 138
5. Mastracci Viper 133
1. Chiesa-Kessel Ferrari 204 pts CHAMPION
2. Riccitelli Porsche 157
3. Drudi-Monti Ferrari 140
1. Sada-Sala Porsche 233 pts CHAMPION
2. Cipolli-Corradi Maserati 182
3. Giudici-Raimondi Maserati 180