A daring weekend full of twists and turns marked the commitment of Alberto Cerqui on the Franciacorta circuit, the penultimate round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia. Thanks to a performance of experience during the event held at the Porsche Festival 2021, the driver from Brescia of the Q8 Hi Perform Team closed the commitment by climbing to the top of the drivers’ standings thanks to a fourth and a sixth place.
The result obtained by Cerqui is to be shared with the whole team since on Friday, at the end of the first free practice session, the mechanics were called to do some extra work to solve a problem with a dome and return the car to Cerqui in time for the qualifications, held in the evening. Despite the demanding intervention, the driver from Brescia showed up on time for the challenge for pole position, made some changes to the setup and missed the front row by a few thousandths, finishing in sixth place with a best lap of 1’08.288.
In race 1 Cerqui had an excellent starting point that allowed him to overtake Amati in the very early stages. After Quaresmini’s stop, the Q8 Hi Perform Team rider climbed to fourth place and then engaged in a good fight with Iaquinta for the third position decided in the last stages of the race. The confrontation was very exciting and at the end saw Cerqui cross the finish line at the foot of the podium by a whisker, a result that allowed him to conquer heavy points for the championship.
Emotions in race 2: Cerqui started from third place and tried not to take risks in the fiery tussle of the first laps, aware that his direct rivals were starting further back. On the second lap the driver from Brescia was able to avoid Caglioni, who crossed the middle of the track after a contact. The Team Q8 Hi Perform driver swerved to the left but was unable to avoid the impact completely, damaging the front and rear bumpers of the # 8 Porsche 911 GT3.
Cerqui stubbornly continued even in those conditions and thanks to this attitude of determination he capitalized on a difficult race, finishing in sixth place and winning other points that allowed him to jump to the top of the drivers’ standings where now, net of the gaps, leads with 173 points ahead of Giardelli (167) and Quaresmini (151).
“There could not have been a better opportunity than the weekend at home on the Franciacorta track to take the lead – said the driver from Brescia –. I knew it would not be easy, but net of the difficulties we had on Friday, we achieved an important result in terms of the championship. As stated on the eve it was important to make few mistakes and take home as many points as possible, so I would say the goal achieved. We also had a bit of luck, but overall I am very satisfied. Coming to Monza as a leader will be exciting even if I will try to prepare for the decisive weekend as I did for everyone else, without adding pressure. “
The Porsche Carrera Cup Italia will compete in the final round at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza from 29 to 31 October.