Incredible final of race 1 of the second round of the Carrera Cup Italia at Mugello Circuit. Alberto Cerqui, in the exhausts of poleman Gianmarco Quaresmini for the whole race, finds the right hole to put his rival for the title right at the last corner, Bucine, then beating him in the sprint, with the excellent Alessandro Giardelli and Aldo Festante behind them .
For the driver of the Q8 Hi Perform team, the second success of the season after Race 1 in Misano means a new extension to the top of the Porsche Italia single-make standings, which on the Tuscan circuit is starting to outline the values in the field. Cerqui also deserves the credit for having always held a very correct attitude in the duel with his rival and fellow citizen from Brescia, constantly in the crosshairs of his pursuers from mid-race onwards.
Yes, because Quaresmini, whose second place is still a valuable place in the run-up to the title, had to keep both Cerqui and Giardelli at bay. The 18-year-old Dinamic Motorsport driver kept pace with the treads and at a certain point he even had the opportunity to attack them, also scoring the fastest lap in 1’51 “259. For the Lecco driver from Colico, the third place is worth the second consecutive podium and once again the palm of the best among the under of the Schoalrship Program, among which the Festante race deserves a special mention.
The Ombra Racing driver from Campania got the better of his teammate Stefano Gattuso, who started third and after being passed by Giardelli also had to settle for fifth position, which in any case represents his best result in 2021. Festante lo instead he attacked in the middle of the race, going to take a precious fourth place close to the first three, achieved in a few laps, demonstrating the excellent pace of the race.
With fifth place, Gattuso will go to the front row in Sunday’s race 2 due to the inverted grid, on which Marzio Moretti will start from pole position. Very regular race that of the young Mantuan of Bonaldi Motorsport, who finished sixth, the same position from which he started at the start.
Behind him crossed the finish line Daniele Cazzaniga, who tried to reach him in the final with the 911 GT3 Cup of Ghinzani Arco Motorsport, and, more detached but often fighting each other during the race, three promises of the Scholarship program: Giorgio Amati (DInamic Motorsport), Leonardo Caglioni (Ombra Racing) and Benny Strignano, back in the top-10 thanks to the solid race with the first of AB Racing’s 911 GT3 Cups.
The team from the Porsche Centers of Rome and SVC was a great protagonist for half the race in the Michelin Cup with Piero Randazzo and Francesco Maria Fenici in the lead after an excellent start and an equally excellent restart from the safety car on lap 4. Safety car that it had been engaged in the first half of lap due to a contact between Andrea Corradinas and Ray Calvin, with the latter having the worst.
The poleman of the category Marco Cassarà then reassembled on the Ab Racing duo, as did the leader Alex De Giacomi. The Brescia driver of Tsunami RT was patient author of a good comeback going over the rival of Raptor Engineering, who in the end had to slow down the pace after the contact with Randazzo during the overtaking phase, a contact that caused him problems to a wheel.
Cassarà still finished second, while the Neapolitan driver finished third and on the first podium of the season, while Gabriel Rindone is fourth (EF Racing), even if he celebrated on the podium because Randazzo was initially given a 5 second penalty. and Fenici is fifth with the first points of the season ahead of Gianluca Giorgi (Ebimotors).
Rather clear success for Pablo Biolghini on his return to the Silver Cup. The Tsunami RT gentleman driver preceded Max Montagnese on the podium, who leads the class standings alone with Team Malucelli, and Davide Scannicchio, third with ZRS Motorsport.
Tomorrow (Sunday) race 2 completes the weekend of the Italian flagship store at 1.00 pm live on TV on Cielo (26 digital terrestrial) and Sky Sport Arena (Sky 204) and in live streaming on www.carreracupitalia.it.