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GTO: Series Monza race two report

Bis and big jump ahead at the top for Fassler-Camathias It was an exciting and eventful GT Open today in Monza, which ended with a clear triumph of Ferrari over Porsche and a significant change at the top of the overall standings: Marcel Fassler...

Bis and big jump ahead at the top for Fassler-Camathias

It was an exciting and eventful GT Open today in Monza, which ended with a clear triumph of Ferrari over Porsche and a significant change at the top of the overall standings: Marcel Fassler and Joel Camathias won again today and now the Swiss pair of Trottet Racing has a 24-point advantage on Richard Lietz-Gianluca Roda (Autorlando Porsche), who today had to retire when the left rear tire exploded shortly before the driver change. The pair lost the second position it was holding because of this accident, which was exactly the same they suffered last year here!

It was a beautiful late summer day today in Monza, but it was written it wasn't Porsche's day. The German machines seemed to be in a dominating position, with Pilet-Narac leading the race on the IMSA car, but soon after Lietz' trouble, in lap 20, Raymond Narac who had taken over from Pilet got hit in the back by the Autorlando Porsche of Pedro Couceiro, as the Portuguese driver was fighting to get first position but missed the braking pointat the first chicane. The incident left out both cars.

There was still one Porsche 911 GT3 RSR to aspire to victory, the IMSA car of Jean- Philippe Belloc and Yannick David, driven in the second stint by David, who tried to resist to the final assault of Marcel Fassler but had to concede the lead in the very last lap. The French Porsche would lose the 2nd position after the race, as its wheelbase exceeded the maximum value by some millimeters.

This meant that six F430 trusted the first six positions, with Raffaele Giammaria- Alessandro Bonetti giving Racing Team Edil Cris its first podium of the season ahead of the Advanced car of Rugolo-Ricci. These two F430 had an exciting duel with the sister car of Cioci-Perazzini in the final laps, which ended with Perazzini in the gravel at Lesmo but able to rejoin the race and take fourth. Last year's winners, Bamford- Griffin were 5th and the Vittoria car of Sun Ho Lee-Maurizio Mediani 6th.

In the GTS category, for once, things were quiter, with the two Villois Astons of Max Wiser-Gabriele Lancieri and Lucas Guerrero-Marco Petrini cruising to a double win at home, ahead of the Kessel Ferrari of Lorenzo Bontempelli-Vadim Kuzminykh, with championship leaders Peter-Broniszewski, worried about consumption, took a fourth place still giving useful points for the championship.

-credit: gto

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Series GT
Drivers Joel Camathias , Marcel Fassler , Gabriele Lancieri , Raffaele Giammaria , Pedro Couceiro , Maurizio Mediani , Raymond Narac , Marco Petrini , Alessandro Bonetti , Richard Lietz , Vadim Kuzminykh , Lorenzo Bontempelli , Gianluca Roda , Sun Ho Lee