Ferrari wins at Magione and Jarama
Maranello, 7 June -- It was a very satisfying weekend for Ferrari, in action at the Magione circuit in Umbria, for the third round of the Italian GT Championship and at the Jarama circuit for the second round of the Spanish GT Championship.
32 crews tackled the tight and twisty Magione track, with cars from the Maranello marque distinguishing themselves in the GT class. Race 1 witnessed a dominant performance from the Ferraris of Piergiuseppe Perazzini-Marco Cioci (AF Corse,) Andrea Montermini-Emanuele Moncini (Villorba Corse) and Massimiliano Mugelli-Andrea Palma (Vittoria Competizioni) who recorded a clean sweep of the podium, followed by the AF Corse cars of Alessandro Garofano-Rui Aguas and Michele Rogolo-Giuseppe Ciro, who took the chequered flag in fourth and fifth places.
Race 2 saw Garofano and Aguas get the upper hand, leading away from the start to finish ahead of the F430 GT2 cars of Mugelli-Palma and Cioci-Perazzini. Montermini and Moncini thus lead the current standings in the GT2 class with 70 points, seven ahead of Garofano-Aguas and eight ahead of Mugelli-Palma.
In the Spanish GT Championship, the F430s entered in this important round ended the first race with a fantastic triple: heading the Ferrari dominance was the ART team's F430 crewed by Juan Manuel Lopez and Manuel Giao, who crossed the line ahead of Jesus Diez and Maximo Cortes (Jesus Diez) and Alvaro Parent and Francisco Crus Martins (ART.)
Parente and Cruz went on to finished third again in the second race, behind the Porsche 911 of Miguel Amaral-Miguel Angel de Castro and the winning Ferrari in this leg, entered by the Automobil Club d'Andorra and driven by the current series leaders, Manuel Cerqueda and Alan Sicart.
Both series will be back in action over the weekend of 4 July: the Italian one at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari Circuit, while the Spanish one takes to the track at Albacete.
FDA -- Maisano shines at Magione
A busy day's racing for the students of the Ferrari Driver Academy, competing at Brno and Magione in rounds of their respective series.
In Brno, Daniel Zampieri (Scuderia Pons Racing) had an unlucky weekend, through technical problems on the car. He finished Race 2 of the World Series in fifteenth spot, suffering from tyre wear in the closing laps, having been the very first driver to pit to change tyres. Winner of the second race in this the fourth round of the series, having come out on top in the first leg, was again Esteban Guerrieri (ISR) followed home by Nathaniel Berthon (Draco) and team-mate Filip Salaquarda.
At Magione, Brandon Maisano (BVM) proved to be the man to beat this weekend, taking victory in Race 1 of the Formula Aci-Csai, dominating the race from start to finish. He started from pole thanks to a strong showing in the two free practice sessions and in Friday's qualifying and the Frenchman also took the fastest race lap in 1.07.62. The other Ferrari Driver Academy entrant, Raffaele Marciello (J.D. Motorsport) got off the line really well and went on to finish second with an equally impressive performance. Race 2 was more of a struggle, with Brandon Maisano starting from eighth, as decreed in the rules, going on to finish second behind the Brazilian Victor Guerin (J.D. Motorsport.) The Frenchman produced a spirited drive, again setting the fastest race lap (1.08.749) and pulling some amazing passing moves, especially one on Edoardo Bacci (TP Formula) who thus had to settle for the last step on the podium. However, on the opening lap, Raffaele Marciello, had to run onto the dirty side of the track to avoid the battle, slid into the gravel trap and was unable to get going again.
The Ferrari Driver Academy members will be in action at Fiorano from 14 to 16 June for the fourth training course of the year. After that, Daniel Zampieri will then compete in the World Series race at Magny-Cours over the weekend of 20 June, while the Formula Abarth competitors will return to the track at Imola on 4 July.