Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo
 

Race 2

Jarama - ESP
19/05/2012

Giorgio Sernagiotto 

Sernagiotto takes a commanding win

Giorgio Sernagiotto drove majestically to secure the second Trofeo race at Jarama, on the outskirts of Madrid. Unlike Race 1, this time round the track was dry and, even though the clouds threatened, the rain held off.

The rolling start featured the odd contact, like the one that bumped Garelli off the track and into the back of the field. Up front Sernagiotto was keeping Kuppens and Dromedari at arm’s length.

On lap 2, the Australian Denny, seventh at the start, was powerless as Garcia and El Marnissi swept past him. Things were just as lively further up the track between Dromedari and Kuppens with the Swiss Team driver edging past the Belgian.

Alberto Vescovi had got off to a fantastic start and had moved into sixth, just up on Macchitella, before having to retire with a brake glitch. On lap three Garcia suffered a problem with his left rear wheel and tried in vain to hobble back to the pit lane. He couldn’t make it and his car came to a stop in a spot considered dangerous enough that the safety car was called on. Just as it began to rain, the drivers were filing behind the safety car. The positions were frozen with Sernagiotto up front, followed by Dromedari, Kuppens, El Marnissi, Denny, Gardelli, Ragazzi and Macchitella

The race got going again when the cars had crossed the line for the tenth time and Sernagiotto immediately stretched into a big lead. In the middle of the pack, Gardelli overtook two cars just before the start-finish line and was slapped with a drive-through a few laps later.

On lap fifteen, Sernagiotto was holding a 4.6 second lead over Dromedari, 6.2 over Kuppens, 6.7 over El Marnissi, 8.2 over Gardelli, and 8.9 over Ragazzi. Next came Denny, Varini, Macchitella and Chionna.

From this point on the outcome was already clear; the only unfinished business was who would take third with Kuppens trying to fend off El Marnissi. The Moroccan was super aggressive, exploited the braking problems the Belgian was having, and cruised past him on lap twenty.

Giorgio Sernagiotto went on to claim an exciting and hard-fought race ahead of Andrea Dromedari (Swiss Team) and surprise package El Marnissi. Fourth went to Renaud Kuppens as he held off Andrea Gardelli to make up for a difficult morning. Sixth across the line was Riccardo Ragazzi, followed by Australian Richard Denny, Edo Varini and Fabrizio Macchitella.

Alessandro Chionna (AF Corse) took the last top ten slot as he picked up important Team points. Eleventh went to Alvaro Rodriguez Quiroga, with Stefano Garelli and Mads Rasmussen next. The lapped drivers were Daniel Waszczinski, Alberto Nicolucci, Pierre Marie De Leener, Bela Csiszer, ‘Blumax’ and Thomas Herpell.

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