Int’l GT Open Report – Monza, Race 1
The new series got off to a flying start at Monza on Saturday (April
1) – as did (Lister prototype drivers) Andrea Belicchi and
Stefano Zonca, and their GT3 Viper.
In a wet opening race, supporting the WTCC (so no
Monza ban for the new series), the Racing Box Vipers finished 1-2
– ahead of a fleet of supposedly faster cars.
MT900R of Lucas Guerrero and José Manuel Pérez Aicart
came home third, ahead of the early leader, the Playtime Sara Free
Ferrari F430 GTC (a GT2 / GTB car) of Alessandro Pier Guidi / Michele
Bartyan and the Marcos LM600 of Cor Euser / Miguel Cristovão.
Alessandro Pier Guidi set the pole time, a 1.52.079,
only one tenth ahead of the Edil Cris Ferrari 360 Modena of Paolo
Ruberti. Two other Ferrari 360s, those of Monti and Sundberg, were
sharing the second row, ahead of the first Viper of Cioci, the Marcos
of Euser and the first of the Porsches, driven by Wolfgang Kaufmann.
There’s certainly no shortage of talent in this new series.
Or unusual /
exciting cars. The SEAT Cupra GTs made their debut – at least
their debut with Lamborghini V10 power (from the Gallardo).
There was trouble for the (actual) Gallardo entries
though – too noisy, for Monza, and eliminated from the meeting.
Heavy rain fell just before the start, and Pier Giudi and Ruberti
began a tussle for the lead, followed by Euser, Kaufmann, Zonca
But the Vipers were on the move, Zonca and Cioci
second and third by lap 8, less than five seconds behind the leadng
Spins were many, Groppi, Kaufmann, Giannocaro and
Zonca having moments on the wet track, while the SEATs of Gião
and Ligonnet managed to hit each other – albeit gently.
Perazzini initially passed Andrea Belicchi after
the stops (the latter had lost a window from his Viper), and then
took the lead from the F430 GTC of Bartyan – but Belicchi
was on a charge and he took the lead, and the win, from the sister
Viper, at the first chicane.
The final laps
saw an exciting dice for second between Perazzini, Pérez
Aicart in the Mosler and Euser, the Spnish MT900R taking the final
podium spot – with Bartyan ahead of Euser.
Zonca: “It has been a very nice experience, and a
wonderful race. The car was just perfect and it was not too difficult
in the rain”.
Belicchi: “Stefano has done a very good job and I
just had to finish it. The only concern was in the final laps, with
the gearbox, and I ended without the second gear.”
These two head
for Istanbul next, after Sunday’s race 2, for the opening
round of the Le Mans Series. No wonder the Italian GT Championship
got off to such a limp beginning last week (barely a dozen entries).
Sunday's action-packed race 2 was won by the Sara Free F430 GTC,
but it was led by the Mosler of Guerrero early on - and covered
live on Eurosport.
- Race 1
1 27 GTS Belicchi / Zonca Dodge Viper GT3 52:44.637 24 157.80
2 29 GTS Cioci / Perazzini Dodge Viper GT3 52:51.471 24 6.834 157.46
3 2 GTA Guerrero / Aicart Mosler MT900R 53:07.951 24 23.314
4 36 GTA Guidi / Bartyan Ferrari 430 GT2 53:12.942 24 28.305 156.40
5 12 GTA Euser / Cristovao Marcos LM600 53:18.143 24 33.506 156.15
6 28 GTS Capellari / Lancelotti Dodge Viper GT3 53:18.748 24 34.111
7 20 GTA Ruberti / Cressoni Ferrari 360 Modena GTC 53:32.441 24 47.804
8 18 GTA Malucelli / Zani Porsche GT3 RSR 53:36.064 24 51.427 155.27
9 19 GTA Kaufmann / Moro Porsche GT3 RSR 54:07.878 24 1:23.241 153.75
10 33 GTB Cutrera / Larini Ferrari 360 Challenge 52:52.653
23 1 LAP 150.83
11 10 GTA Giao / Amorim Seat Cupra GT 53:14.730 23 1 LAP 149.78
12 26 GTS Sala / Sada Porsche 996 Cup 53:30.660 23 1 LAP 149.04
13 24 GTS Groppi / Seiler Aston Martin DBRS9 53:33.496 23 1 LAP 148.91
14 31 GTB Medard / Pla Porsche 996 Cup 53:59.945 23 1 LAP 147.69
15 4 GTA Monti / Bastos Ferrari 360 Modena 54:18.148 23 1 LAP 146.87
16 6 GTA Ligonnet / Severin Seat Cupra GT2 54:39.254 23 1 LAP 145.92
17 11 GTA Vinyes / Vivancos Seat Cupra GT 54:53.297 23 1 LAP 145.30
18 9 GTA Llobell / Fernandez Seat Toledo GT 53:08.462 22 2 LAPS 143.54
19 43 GTB Zoest / Santos Ferrari 360 Challenge 53:18.163 22 2 LAPS
20 39 GTB Sloot / De Castro Marcos Mantis 53:51.836 21 3 LAPS 135.16
21 35 GTB Arlotti / Gini Ferrari 360 Challenge 53:58.271 20 4 LAPS