Marco Cassarà is the poleman of the Michelin Cup at Mugello, but the second round of the Carrera Cup Italia, according to the protagonists of the category, almost seems like a Supercup, taken as a reference par excellence given the minimum gaps recorded in a really hard-fought qualifying session . Also a sign of the approach that some “bronze” drivers are experiencing in terms of feeling with the 911 GT3 Cup and general performance (perhaps even in working with the team) compared to two favorites for the 2021 title, namely Cassarà himself and the leader Alex De Giacomi, both already titled in the past.
On the Tuscan circuit Cassarà is exalting himself and has prevailed in every session since the test on Thursday on the Raptor Engineering car, which in turn reached the first ole position at team level, with the smiles that under Andrea’s “box” Palma & Co. there were no shortages at the end of the tests, even if the Roman driver could have done better at an absolute level, with split times that were even launching him among the best 12 and therefore towards a possible PQ2 before being slowed down by a virtual safety car.
An interlude occurred at the end of PQ1 to recover DIego Locanto’s car that ended up in gravel, also expected to be the protagonist of the category in the race but remained detached in practice and therefore forced to chase (like Andrea Corradinas). Behind Cassarà, who seems to be able to count on a little more than the others, the scrum package included by the poleman in Locanto is certainly of interest.
Piero Randazzo will start alongside Cassarà (from whom he was less than two tenths of a second behind) and leads the AB Racing duo which includes Francesco Maria Fenici, who are growing steadily despite the difficulty of having had to skip free practice. So with the fourth time in the class here is De Giacomi, already improving yesterday compared to a difficult day of testing on Thursday.
Behind the leader of the classification four other drivers such as Gianluca Giorgi (Ebimotors), with classification ambitions, teammate Gianluigi Piccioli, and the Enrico Fulgenzi Racing duo Gabriel Rindone and Ray Calvin.
Considering that Randazzo, Fenici, De Giacomi and Giorgi qualified in 2 tenths and that in total behind Cassarà there are 7 riders in 4 tenths in race 1, sparks are expected. Race 1 for which everything is ready and in which the first penalties of the weekend are served, which hit two Michelin Cup gentlemen in post-qualifying.
Luigi Peroni was relegated by 4 positions (from P28 he will start in P32) for an overtaking in full course yellow, while Max Donzelli will discount 2 positions (he will start last) for having cut the white line at the pit exit.