Pergusa - April 30, 2000 EURO STC - ROUNDS 3 and 4 RACE RESULTS - weather: sunny, track: dry, temperature 20 deg C. GIOVANARDI WINS TWO AT PERGUSA AND CLAIMS EURO STC POINTS LEADERSHIP Fabrizio Giovanardi confirmed as the Lord of Pergusa. The...
Pergusa - April 30, 2000
EURO STC - ROUNDS 3 and 4
RACE RESULTS - weather: sunny, track: dry, temperature 20 deg C.
GIOVANARDI WINS TWO AT PERGUSA AND CLAIMS EURO STC POINTS LEADERSHIP
Fabrizio Giovanardi confirmed as the Lord of Pergusa. The alfista won the 3rd and 4th rounds of the Euro STC, stretching his winning streak on the Sicilian track to eight consecutive successes and climbing up to lead the series' classifications. Former leader Peter Kox, failed to mark points in race-two and now trails Giovanardi by 7 points. Whether if he will race at Zeltweg or not, is yet questionable. "Honda Motorsport will take a decision on tuesday, but I definitely would like to be there", Kox declared.
Despite a clutch problem, Emanuele Naspetti finished second in race-two, proving him and BMW are on the pace. "Because of the accident at Mugello," he said, "I have a 31-point gap in the classification. It won't be easy to recover, but after today, I'm confident. And I hope that from now on Lady Luck will pay more attention to me."
The new series leader, Giovanardi is understandably quite happy. "I knew I could keep a very fast pace here, the only problem for me was to avoid problems at the start. I was enough lucky to do it and since the end of the first laps, both races were safe in my hands. I'm sorry for Peter and I really look forward to see him in Zeltweg, because he deserves to defend his title chances."
It's worth noting Gianluca De Lorenzi's brilliant performances in both the races and also the first points scored by Romana Bernardoni.
RACE-ONE. Giovanardi took the lead at the start, from Kox, Larini, De Lorenzi, Pigoli and Naspetti, whose car suffered for a clutch problem; engine troubles relegated other BMW man Morbidelli to the back of the field. Giovanardi pushed to build a margin, while Naspetti overtook Pigoli on lap 3 and De Lorenzi on lap 4, closing the gap to Larini. Pigoli, Sardelli and Colciago were in a tough fight for sixth; at half the race Colciago tried to dive inside Sardelli, but the Isert driver shut the door and the two of them clashed. Sardelli spun, involving Pigoli, and both retired. In the final lap Naspetti moved on Larini's tail and their duel for third was amazing; they negotiated the chicanes side by side and Larini finished just 2 tenths in front of his rival. Giovanardi won the race from Kox; while De Lorenzi obtained a good fifth place despite Colciago's strong recovery.
RACE-TWO. Morbidelli and Larini took the start from the pit-lane, while Sardelli didn't start at all. Again, Giovanardi was fastest at the green light and took the lead chased by Kox, Colciago and Naspetti. On lap 3, Naspetti dived inside Kox at a chicane and moved up to second; trying to resist, the Dutchman jumped over the kerbs and hit the tyre barrier. Few moments later he had to pit to change a damaged wheel and rejoined the race at the back of the field. In the meantime De Lorenzi benefited of the situation and passed Colciago for third. Morbidelli gave up with a blown engine, while Larini recovered from the back. Giovanardi scored his second win of the day, from Naspetti and De Lorenzi; the latest managed to reject Colciago's assault and obtained his first Super Touring podium result. Gabellini finished in a good 5th position, just in front of Larini.
In two weeks the Euro STC will contest its third race meeting, the first outside Italy; it will be on May 14 at Zeltweg's Austrian A-1 Ring.