Adria: Scuderia Playteam preview

Scuderia Playteam Sarafree racing at home this weekend Monday, September 03, 2007 - Scuderia Playteam Sarafree heads for the seventh round of the season this weekend at Adria, on home ground, boosted by the long and positive weekend of racing...

Scuderia Playteam Sarafree racing at home this weekend

Monday, September 03, 2007 - Scuderia Playteam Sarafree heads for the seventh round of the season this weekend at Adria, on home ground, boosted by the long and positive weekend of racing for Scuderia Playteam SaraFree's two Maserati MC12s at Spa in Belgium where Scuderia Playteam SaraFree finished with both cars. (In 5th -Bertolini/ Piccini/Pier Guidi/De Simone- and 18th (Giannoccaro/Busnelli/Mueller/ Lambert).

The new Adria race track counts 8 turns connected by 4 straights. The circuit is technical and provides the right environment for good racing at a venue that has already hosted the FIA GT Championship, Italian Formula Three, German Touring Cars and the Formula Three Euroseries.

The race on the permanent road course of the 2.702km long International Adria Raceway in the Veneto Region of Northern Italy will be held in the evening, starting at 19:45 and finishing shortly before 22:00 on Saturday 8 September.

Giambattista Giannocaro, team owner and driver explains: "I am excited to experience a track where we will be racing again at night. We are all looking forward to a very competitive weekend now that we no longer have the 40kg weight penalty. The Adria International Raceway should be good for our MC12. It is short and twisty but wide, so overtaking will be easier.Therefore our expectations are quite high especially because the team is lying third in the drivers' classification, and I hope that the team will be in a position to challenge the title event if it won't be easy because every team is so close now."

Andrea Bertolini added, "Adria is our second home race. It is going to be interesting to race at night in front of all of our supporters and I like night racing a good fun challenge. I know from experience that this circuit should suit our Maserati MC12 well as I won last year the Championship on this track. It is a lucky track for me. In theory, I am quite confident that our car should cope best of all with the various problems. We worked very hard in the testing session in Valencia. We lost too many points this season and we will push hard to make up for it here as the Championship is still opened and we will look for a podium finish at the very least."

Andrea Piccini comments: "Adria is very spectacular for the public because they can see most of the circuit and there is plenty of overtaking! It is also a perfect circuit for a spectacular night race because has great artificial lighting and I think will be a unique event! The strong points of our Maserati MC12 on this circuit will be brakes and traction and acceleration with low speed as most of the turns are in second gear, but we have no chance in acceleration with the huge restrictors of the Aston... I know because I drove it last year and was leading as I lost the Championship as one of the competitors pushed me off track!"

Alessandro Pier Guidi has driven already on this track and commented, "The Spa 24 hours in July provided good experience of night racing conditions and night racing is a fascinating experience for a driver. It may be not the same when you have been on a track with another Formula, but it saves a bit of time learning the way round and you can focus more on fine-tuning your strategy for the weekend. Even if Adria is not one of the most challenging tracks because it is rather short and we do not use the sixth gear as we do not reach sufficient speed, it is interesting mixture of corners and there is a lot of stress on the brakes. I'm confident of a good weekend ahead as we do not have a handicap end and I will do my best to push as much as I can and I am really motivated after the summer break and can't wait for the start of the race."

-credit: www.playteam.com

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