Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo
 

Race 2

Shanghai - CHN
03/11/2012

Giuseppe Fascicolo / Giorgio Sernagiotto 

Sernagiotto takes the last race

Even though the 2012 title had already been assigned to Kuppens, the last Maserati Trofeo race of the season was an exciting one with the Trofeo award still up for grabs. The start saw the driver in pole manage to place his car in first at turn 1 and begin a lone march to the finish. In second was Sernagiotto, driving conservatively and opting not to chase down the lead man.

Simoni, having got past Bakker, tried to overtake Venier but the two clashed, slowing Venier down. Simoni wasn't slapped with a penalty but was shown the white flag. While this was going on, Ange Barde spun while trying to edge past Dromedari. The Frenchman made a quick pit stop and tried to continue the race but, unluckily for him, was soon forced to pull out.

Up front Kuppens' foot was still hard on the gas. He was out to finish the season in style: on lap 5 he set the fastest lap time. Behind him came Sernagiotto, Dromedari, Simoni and Venier. In sixth was Bakker, with Azcarate, seventh, showing just how focused he was on this track. Coming up next were Segler, Tadlaoui, Thong, Cheung, Nielsen, Denny, De Leener, Forster, Lunga, De Leener Adrien, Yu, Yeung, Fung, Wei, Yap and Alberto. The Brazilian found himself at the back of the field after a collision with Denny. In the mix-up, Denny lost a door and Alberto was handed a compulsory drive through.

Lap 7 saw Dromedari forced out with a puncture, allowing Simoni to move into third. Race officials reached for the drive through card once again, this time showing it to Venier. Venier, though, had already retired following an incident involving Alan Simoni on lap 4.

Things were also tight between Adrieen De Leener and Nielsen as they disputed eleventh spot in the middle of the bunch.

The race's turning point came on lap 16 when Kuppens punctured and finished up in the gravel. This brought an end to his dreams of topping off the title with another win.

In the end the podium places went to Sernagiotto, Simoni and Bakker. Behind the front three came Justino Azcarate and a surprising Segler. The Venezuelan caught the eye this weekend with his consistency and continual progression. Another positive drive was put in by the German Andreas Segler as he finished one place up on Shaun Thong, from Hong Kong. The fastest lap time was posted on lap 13 by Fabio Venier in 1:54.242.

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