GTO: Series Monza race one report

Fassler-Camathias Dominate In Monza And Ferrari Re-takes Lead Trottet duo now has two point advantage on Lietz-Roda, today 2nd Rugolo-Ricci (Advanced), third, complete good day of the Cavallino Bad luck for Pilet-Narac (9th) while...

Fassler-Camathias Dominate In Monza And Ferrari Re-takes Lead

Trottet duo now has two point advantage on Lietz-Roda, today 2nd Rugolo-Ricci (Advanced), third, complete good day of the Cavallino

Bad luck for Pilet-Narac (9th) while Gião-Couceiro (4th) race sub-judice Guerrero-Petrini (Villois Aston) win a crazy GTS race

Ferrari fans could not dream of a better Saturday: in Monza, in front of its tifosi, Ferrari re-took the lead of the International GT Open. Yet another leader change in the overall standings, thanks to the clear and solid win, the fourth so far in the season, for Marcel Fassler and Joel Camathias at the wheel of the Trottet's Racing Ferrari F430. The Swiss duo, who started from the pole, only left the lead of the race for the first two laps to the Autorlando Porsche of Pedro Couceiro, but soon took control of the race, dominating both stints.

Now, the Swiss lead the standings with 166 points, two more than Lietz-Roda (Autorlando Porsche), who finished second today after the usual final charge of the Austrian driver. Third in the standings is now the other Autorlando Porsche of Pedro Couceiro-Manuel Gião, with 132 points. The Portuguese pair today lost a podium finish in the very last lap, but most of all, their results this week-end are `sub-judice' as the stewards found non-championship standard fuel in the car after qualifying and the sample will have to be analyzed in the forthcoming days.

IMSA Performance managed to bring its three cars into the points, but Patrick Pilet- Raymond Narac, who were running in the top four, eventually finished only 9th, after being forced to a second pit stop by a puncture and receiving a 20-second penalty for not serving their entire handicap. They lie now fourth in the standings with 129 points, while Michele Rugolo-Giacomo Ricci on the Advanced Engineering Ferrari F430 are fifth with 113 points, having produced another nice performance that brought them up to the podium in 3rd position.

Also worth of note is the 8th position of the PCR Ferrari of Catalans Josep Mayola and Marc Carol, the latter shining in 4th position in the early laps, while the only major incident occurred in lap 2 when Bonetti went off with the EdilCris Ferrari.

The race was lively in GTS as well, with the Kessel Ferrari of championship leaders Philipp Peter-Michal Broniszewski dominating in the first stint, before having to serve a heavy handicap, which allowed the Villois Aston Martin of Lancieri-Wiser to take the lead. But, like in Magny-Cours, the #61 had no luck, having to retire one lap from the end without any brakes left. Fortunately for the Villois squad, #62 of Marco Petrini- Lucas Guerrero had passed the two Kessel Ferraris of Broniszewski and Kuzminykh to collect a third success this year. This meant, of course, that Marco Petrini climbed to the podium with yet a new dress from his endless collection: this time it was Zorro! Third place was for the Corvette of Lagniez-Julià, after an excellent race despite a broken splitter.

-credit: gto

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Joel Camathias , Marcel Fassler , Michele Rugolo , Pedro Couceiro , Manuel Giao , Raymond Narac , Patrick Pilet , Marco Petrini , Philipp Peter , Giacomo Ricci