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Italy: Andrea Piccini IGT Misano race notes

Andrea Piccini Has a Membership for Victory in the Italian Gt. Team-mates Andrea Piccini and Luca Riccitelli have conquered the victory again on the Misano track in race 1 this weekend and didn't give up the podium with their 3place win in...

Andrea Piccini Has a Membership for Victory in the Italian Gt.

Team-mates Andrea Piccini and Luca Riccitelli have conquered the victory again on the Misano track in race 1 this weekend and didn't give up the podium with their 3place win in race 2 as well.

While he awaits for his debut on the Lamborghini in the FIA GT championship, Andrea Piccini's adventure has come to a very happy ending in the Italian GT.

In all, the driver competed in six rounds of this championship on board the Porsche 996 GT3 RSR of the Ebimotors Team. He inherited 4 victories, one 3 place win and retired only once (due to a contact with his adversary that threw him off track). Thanks to these results, Riccitelli is in second place on the general classification and has summed up precious points that separated him from the leading couple: Chiesa- Kessel.

Andrea Piccini

"I'm very delighted about my result. Above all for my team mate Luca who now more than ever can fight for the first position in the N-GT category.

Race 1 went smoothly. Luca started off superbly and instantly inherited the first position and safeguarded it till we exchanged places. He handed the car over to me with a 15" advantage and at that point I limited myself to defending this advantage without trying to use up the tyres

After the first start was annulled in Race 2, I managed to conquer the second place right behind Galimberti during the 2nd start. I had Piccolo, Merzario and Monti's Ferraris behind me. My pace was slightly slower than Piccolo's Ferrari and so he was able to overtake me. I was then engaged in a duel with Merzario who wasn't able to overtake me in a legitimate way and who continuously tried to throw me off track. His impacts on my car destroyed my back bumper, bent my exhausts and influenced my car's performance.

Due to his lack of sportsmanship, Merzario was shown the white and black flag. At the end of the first 30 minutes, I gave the car back to Luca in third place and he maintained that position till the end.

The joy of this victory and podium was dampened by Merzario's shameful behaviour both on track and off track. In fact ,Merzario declared live on SKY TV that if he sees me see me in the paddock ,he will give me two slaps like he did to my father years ago.These comments are completely absurd.

First of all, Merzario has never had anything to do with my father. Secondly, no one should threaten other drivers let alone live on TV.I leave it up to the spectators to judge his behaviour which is surely incorrect and confirmed by the Marshalls. I wanted to clear this up with Merzario directly but all I got were more threats. This isn't sportsmanship attitude but it's not in my character to respond to these types of provocations.

I was very civil towards him, knowing that I didn't commit any wrong doing .Better still, that I was the victim of his continuous impacts that were recognized by the race Marshalls as well."

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Series GT
Drivers Andrea Piccini , Luca Riccitelli