ETCC: Pergusa: Race notes and quotes

Roberto COLCIAGO, Alfa Romeo Autodelta, 1st in Race 1, 2nd in Race 2: "It was really a great weekend for me. I won the first race and did all the race with Dirk Müller following me. It was very difficult to keep him behind me. He had a few ...

Roberto COLCIAGO, Alfa Romeo Autodelta, 1st in Race 1, 2nd in Race 2: "It was really a great weekend for me. I won the first race and did all the race with Dirk Müller following me. It was very difficult to keep him behind me. He had a few opportunities to attack me, but he did not take the risk. In the second race, I finished second behind Gabriele, which was a great result for the team. I was impressed by this young driver, Alessandro Balzan, who was really good in the beginning and who let me pass quite easily. He did a really good race. It is important that a young driver like him finishes in a good position. I am very happy as this was my first win for Alfa Romeo. Overall, it was a great weekend, although we have to look at the opposition as BMW was faster here than last year and they have good drivers!"

Gabriele TARQUINI, Alfa Romeo Autodelta, 3rd in Race 1, 1st in Race 2: "It was a wonderful weekend for Alfa Romeo. Our car suits this kind of track although BMW has managed to close the gap. The race performances were very close. We won a lot of points and now we are only five behind BMW in the Manufacturers Championship. Dirk was very good, especially in the Schumacher chicane, where he was much faster than Roberto and me. Therefore, it was very difficult for me to try to attack him and in the end I couldn't overtake him. In the middle of the first race, I hit the tyres in a chicane and broke the front splitter. I lost some downforce. My front tyres went off and after a few laps, I was not that fast anymore. The second race was much easier, I managed to overtake Priaulx, Balzan and Jörg very early on, as I had Colciago behind me, to watch my back. We only had to avoid mistakes and get to the end of the race. Now we can see the championship in a different way. I'm leading the Drivers' classification together with Jörg Müller and Alfa is only five points behind BMW in the Manufacturers' classification."

Dirk MÜLLER, BMW Team Deutschland, 2nd in Race 1: "I did not expect to be at the press conference today. I was expecting to be fourth, maybe third in one of the races, surely not second. So I am really happy. In the first race I was able to follow Roberto and I had to look in the mirror in order to stay ahead of Gabriele. I lost time in the first part of the race and when Gabriele started backing off, I could concentrate on my race. Maybe I could have attacked Roberto, but I preferred to score points for the Championship. As for the second race, I was confused at the start, as I saw the red light and then the green light... I really thought they would start the race again. But they didn't. In the first corner, I got hit on the side and I do not really know what happened. In any case, I am sure it was not my fault. It was a very unlucky situation, because in the second race, I could also have scored important points."

Alessandro BALZAN, Scuderia Bigazzi, 3rd in Race 2: "My target at the start of the second race was to finish in the first five positions. My car was fantastic and this enabled me to be very was fast in the chicane. It was very difficult to keep Priaulx behind me, but the more he pushed, the faster I was able to go. If we look at our lap times towards the end of the race, they were very close to those set by Tarquini and Colciago. Mine were even faster than those I managed to obtain yesterday in the qualifying. I'm so happy for the team, because they have done a great job and they have well deserved this podium."

Fabio FRANCIA, Clever Cats R&M Team, 5th in Race 1: "I'm obviously very happy with my result in the first race. Unfortunately I did not take a good start and, as I feared, I lost two places before the first corner. After Giovanardi hit the tyres in a chicane and slowed down, I tried to overtake Priaulx, who was blocking me, but I did not want to take too many risks and spoil a possible fifth place. So, in the end, I preferred to settle behind him. I was looking forward to doing even better in the second race, but when Larini stalled his engine at the start, there was a lot of confusion and I was hit by another car. I think it was Dirk Müller's. The rear axle of my Alfa was totally twisted and I was forced to retire. It was a shame."

-fia-

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Series General
Drivers Dirk Müller , Jorg Muller , Alessandro Balzan