Ricciarini pulls it off-- With a field of no less than 34 cars, the first Clio Cup Interseries race ticked all the boxes. It offered more than its fair share of thrills and spills, but Composit Motorsport's Cristian Ricciarini managed to...
Ricciarini pulls it off--
With a field of no less than 34 cars, the first Clio Cup Interseries race ticked all the boxes. It offered more than its fair share of thrills and spills, but Composit Motorsport's Cristian Ricciarini managed to avoid the pitfalls to finish ahead of Madeno Racing's Mikko Heino and Duprey Competition's Guillaume Savodelli. Leader of the Clio Suisse Cup, Gruy?re Motorsport's Fr?d?ric Yerly failed to make it onto the podium, but finished the day as King of the Swiss.
The action came thick and fast from the word go, as Madeno Racing's JJ Magalhaes snatched the lead from Fr?d?ric Yerly in pole position, the Swiss driver immediately coming under fire from Cristian Ricciarini. Things were decidedly worse for Guillaume Savodelli, third, who mistimed his start, losing two places in the process.
The lead group, consisting of nine Clio in nail-bitingly close formation, lost no time in breaking away from the pack, fighting over the lead as they went. Taking advantage of the scrap between Cristian Ricciarini and Mikko Heino, Duprey Competition's Philippe Maurin overtook the two drivers on the lap two to snatch third place. Meanwhile, the race-leader found himself troubled by Fr?d?ric Yerly. Unfortunately, JJ Magalhaes cracked under pressure and crashed out. In the confusion that followed, he was hit by Philippe Maurin and was forced to retire. Having found himself in the idle of the drama, Fr?d?ric Yerly fell back to fifth place.
In the confusion, Phillipe Maurin found himself in the lead, but under fire from Cristian Ricciarini, he was unable to hold his position, relinquishing it to the Italian a few laps later on. The fight was by now no less intense behind the two leaders, as Guillaume Savodelli stuck like glue to the two Swiss drivers, Yerly and Vukovic Motorsport's Milenko Vukovic.
Philippe Maurin did everything he could to wrest the lead from Italian, but crashed just two laps from the finish, dropping back to fourth. Mikko Heino now found himself in second place and with Guillaume Savodelli third, this was to be the final race order. Christian Ricciarini, winner of the 2010 Clio Cup Italia, was now the winner of the very first Clio Cup Interseries at Hockenheim. He is surely one to watch out for in tomorrow's race.
Christian Ricciarini : "I'm delighted with today's result, I couldn't have hoped for better. I must admit, I was very lucky to just sail through all the accidents in the race. This was a hard fought victory, which just makes it so much sweeter!"
Mikko Heino : "There was a lot going on in the race. I made a good start and I was really concentrated on avoiding making mistakes right to the finish. Despite all the action, it was a very cleanly fought race. Now I'm going to do everything I can to win tomorrow."
Fr?d?ric Yerly : "My start wasn't prefect, I failed to take full advantage of my pole position. The rest of the race went much better though, even though I'd worn my tyres down to the rim. I'm really pleased with the result."
-source: renault sport