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Weather A chilly wind cleared up the sky in the early morning. Temperatures remained very low, around 7°C. Twenty minutes before the start, rain began to pour down and the race was declared wet. Larini gives Nordauto its 100th win Most of the...

Weather
A chilly wind cleared up the sky in the early morning. Temperatures remained very low, around 7°C. Twenty minutes before the start, rain began to pour down and the race was declared wet.

Larini gives Nordauto its 100th win
Most of the cars were on rain tyres, but Colciago and Walfisch decided to came back into the pits to switch to slicks.

Start– Giovanardi does not take the start, his engine suffering from electronics problems. Tarquini takes the lead from the pole, ahead of Larini, Neal, Lempinen and De Lorenzi.

Lap 1– De Lorenzi overtakes Lempinen for fourth and the leads in the Amateurs Trophy. Top-10: 4 - 2 - 29 - 20 - 19 - 18 - 8 - 16 - 10 - 9

Lap 2– Neal chases Larini and overtakes him at the Dunlop hairpin, taking second place. Sardelli passes Lempinen and moves up to fifth. Top-10: 4 - 29 - 2 - 20 - 18 - 19 - 8 - 16 - 9 - 10

Lap 3– Neal closes on Tarquini; Sardelli is on De Lorenzi's tail. Lancelotti overtakes Cayrolle for eighth. Colciago's and Walfisch's gamble is not paying off ; they are at the back of the field, lapping four seconds slower than the usual backmarkers. Top-10: 4 - 29 - 2 - 20 - 18 - 19 - 8 - 9 - 16 - 10

Lap 4– Giovanardi rejoins the race after his mechanics have replaced an injector. Top-10: 4 - 29 - 2 - 20 - 18 - 19 - 8 - 9 - 16 - 10

Lap 5– Sardelli passes De Lorenzi for fourth and takes the lead in the Amateurs Trophy. Neal has closed his gap to less than one second from the race leader Tarquini. The rain intensifies. Top-10: 4 - 29 - 2 - 18 - 20 - 19 - 8 - 9 - 16 - 10

Lap 6– Walfisch comes back to the pits to change to rain tyres. Neal spins and rejoins in third position, behind Larini. Top-10: 4 - 2 - 29 - 18 - 20 - 19 - 8 - 9 - 16 - 10

Lap 7– Colciago also pits for rain tyres. Lempinen, Pigoli and Lancelotti are having a close fight for sixth position. Top-10: 4 - 2 - 29 - 18 - 20 - 19 - 8 - 9 - 16 - 10

Lap 8– Gulinelli, who was lying tenth, goes off and stops in the gravel trap. Top-10: 4 - 2 - 29 - 18 - 20 - 19 - 8 - 9 - 16 - 11

Lap 9– Pigoli overtakes Lempinen for sixth, but soon afterwards he spins at the Dunlop hairpin and rejoins in ninth position, right behind Cayrolle. Tarquini reduces his pace, complaining of oversteering, and Larini closes to within 0.2 seconds of him. Top-10: 4 - 2 - 29 - 18 - 20 - 19 - 9 - 16 - 8 - 11

Lap 10– Larini manages to overtake Tarquini and takes the lead. Top-10: 2 - 4 - 29 - 18 - 20 - 19 - 9 - 16 - 8 - 11

Lap 11– Pigoli and Cayrolle clash; Cayrolle spins, and his BMW suffers from a broken front suspension. Larini scores his third win of the season - his first after five months - giving the Nordauto team its 100th success in Super Touring racing. Giovanardi is classified 17th and maintains his championship leadership, but a reduced margin of 5 points over Larini and 34 points ahead Tarquini. Top-10: 2 - 4 - 29 - 18 - 20 - 19 - 9 - 8 - 11 - 3

-estc

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