6 Ore di Misano Notturna – July 24
The Endurance Touring Car Series came to the Emilia Romagna region of Italy on 24 July, for the fourth edition of the "6 Ore di Misano Notturna" at the Autodromo Santamonica at Misano Adriatico. The race, and the series, are open for "Nürburgring 24h Special" cars up to 4000cc. Not surprisingly, there are an awful lot of BMWs on the track. The most significant international entry was a team we have already seen at Interlagos and the 'Ring this year; Duller Motorsport brought along two cars, the BMW M3 in its splendid Red Bull livery, and the M3-engined E46 Compact. They were looking to redeem themselves for their misfortune at the ‘Ring, where only one of three cars got to the finish. The Ruddy Bovine was driven by Italian GT regular Luca Riccitelli and newly appointed Peugeot FIA touringcar works driver Sandro Sardelli, along with perennial favourite Dieter Quester; and the Compact had an all-Italian crew this time out, with Vaccari / Sangiorgio / Agostinone. Their main competitors were former ETCC and BTCC teams Max (that's right, just "Max"), with two M3s (Scionti / Bisegna / Commis, Riolo / Liberati / Del Castello, and Peroni / Peroni / Argenti), and AGS Engineering, with an Alfa 147 GTA (Colciago / Radaelli / Groppi).

The Duller team was in control of the proceedings from the beginning of practice, and led the 38 car field into the race. With the team’s other car not quite able to match their performance, the crew of #27 was on its own, and just had to try and run away with the race. Behind them, the Max squad showed a strong team performance. Max #22 then ran into trouble and finished well down the order; #23 and #21 soldiered on but try as they might, they were not quite able to match the leaders’ pace.

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The main challenge to them came from the weather conditions. With ambient temperatures of 31°C as early as 9 a.m. on raceday, and remaining high even after sunset, the drivers had to deal with a toasty 60°C/140°F in the car. This made the planned 2 hour stints impossible. First Riccitelli was forced to cut his stint short by 40 minutes as the heat got to him; Quester then took over for the middle stint, and again in the final stages of the race when Sardelli also had to be relieved. Apart from a minor brush with a tyre barrier, the radiant blue BMW survived the race without a scratch, and Riccitelli / Quester / Sardelli won the race with a 5 lap advantage. After such fireworks on the track, the fireworks went off in the skies over Misano as the chequered flag fell at ten minutes to midnight, after 799.82 kilometers of racing.

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We hope to catch up with Hermann Duller and his gang of motor racing globetrotters when they take on another endurance racing challenge later in the year, at Bathurst.
Johannes Gauglica

The Top Ten
1 BMW M3 E46 3.2 DULLER MOTORSPORT 191,2 1 197 6:00'34.964 1'40.218 2 27
QUESTER RICCITELLI SARDELLI
2 BMW M3 E46 3.2 CARMELO SCIONTI 178,4 2 192 6:00'37.634 5 Giri 1'45.176 6 23
SCIONTI BISEGNA COMMIS
3 BMW M3 E46 3.2 SERGIO PERONI 176,7 3 191 6:00'45.176 6 Giri 1'45.296 4 21
PERONI S. ARGENTI A. PERONI F.
4 BMW M3 E46 3.2 W&D RACING TEAM 182,5 4 190 6:02'08.668 7 Giri 1'45.240 6 24
MELONI W. MELONI P.
5 A.R. 147 GTA AGS ENGINEERING 167,7 5 190 6:02'14.163 7 Giri 1'48.205 54 4
RADAELLI COLCIAGO GROPPI
6 BMW 330d MAURIZIO PRESTI 170,2 6 187 6:01'23.705 10 Giri 1'48.698 3 63
PRESTI BONVICINI MEZZINI
7 Opel Astra OPC GUGLIELMO BELOTTI 168,7 7 187 6:01'32.103 10 Giri 1'49.773 10 5
BELOTTI BRINDANI MYCHARIKOPOULOS
8 Renault Clio RS 2.0 VITO RINALDI 161,8 8 187 6:01'49.381 10 Giri 1'51.799 28 10
RINALDI IEZZI BELLIN
9 BMW 330d ALBERTO VIGLIONE 170,8 9 185 6:01'05.080 12 Giri 1'48.079 11 62
VIGLIONE CANALI SIGALA
10 Renault Clio RS 2.0 ENRICO QUESTA 165,7 10 183 6:01'43.423 14 Giri 1'51.199 158 16
QUESTA PUGLIESE M. MILANI

 

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