A Memorable Day For Pakelo Racing in Imola The many spectators that flooded the Imola paddock on the day that the Maserati was to makes its debut in the FIA GT, was full of excitement and emotions. All eyes were set on the Maserati MC12...
A Memorable Day For Pakelo Racing in Imola
The many spectators that flooded the Imola paddock on the day that the Maserati was to makes its debut in the FIA GT, was full of excitement and emotions.
All eyes were set on the Maserati MC12 in the FIA GT; the most important grand touring championship. The 2 Maserati MC12s that made their debut in this category conquered a place on the podium. It was an extremely positive result for the cars driven by Bertonili-Salo and Herbert-De Simone. President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo was also at hand to see this day unfold.
This result was also possible thanks to the close and advantageous collaboration between Maserati Corse and Pakelo Racing.
This weekend in Imola, the Maserati Trophy was on the scene as well: Pakelo Racing is not only the official supplier of the trophy but also participates with a sponsor car driven by Andrea Demegni.
It was a great race in terms of performance for the Italian driver from Verona. Unfortunately, a problem with the debimetre kept him too long at the pit box and this made him lose precious seconds.
At this round, a few Motorsport journalists participated as well: Franco Nugnes (Sport Auto Moto), Cris Harris (Autocar), Marco Magri (Autosprint) and Jean François Guittard (Auto Hebdo).
Andrea De Megni
Even if I didn't know this track, I was immediately at ease in my Maserati in Imola. My 14th place finish doesn't do justice to the kind of race that I had.
I started 9th on the grid but my pace was a lot faster than those ahead of me. Unfortunately when I made my first move to overtake a driver, I didn't notice the yellow flag which had just be put out on the track. Therefore, I got a drive through penalty. When the safety car came on track due to an accident at the 9th lap, I went to my pit box for the obligatory Pitstop. But a technical problem with my debimeter caused me have a one minute delay. When I went back on track, the safety car was still there and although I tried to catch up to the others, I was stopped by other slow drivers who I couldn't overtake due to the regulations.
It's a pity because I had set interesting times and without this inconvenience, I could have been part of the top 5!"