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Trofeo World Series 2013 - Nuerburgring

Alberto Cola

Cola and Gobbo claim their first win at Nuerburgring

Alberto Cola and Patrick Gobbo secured the last race in the Maserati Trofeo MC World Series. This weekend’s second round was held at Nuerburgring and saw 24 Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeos take to the track. The endurance race was the most entertaining event and took place on a sunny Sunday. This was a welcome change from the rain and fog that had lingered over the past few days and that had delayed the Saturday programme. Early on, Renaud Kuppens was in the spotlight, as he was when claiming the first two races. Starting on pole, he had to overtake Alan Simoni before defending a lead he held until the compulsory pit stops. This was when the podium places were sorted out. Cola and Gobbo, who had been in fifth, managed to take the race lead. They made the most of Ange Barde’s axle shaft giving way, and Mikkel Mac’s tyre problems, to inherit top spot. Cola and Gobbo went on to cross the line without any major incident. Their front right tyre did blow but this happened on the very last corner and their lead over Swiss Team’s Andrea Gardelli/Fabio Venier was healthy enough. Third spot on the podium went to Riccardo Romagnoli/Mauro Calamia.

Simoni/Ragazzi missed out on the chance to finish in the lead places because of a drive-through earned after crossing the white line when leaving the pits after the driver change. Pierre Marie De Leener and Delli Guanti/Boccellari were also penalised for the same thing. So, as at Paul Ricard, Renaud Kuppens failed to score a triple. The extra 20 seconds spent in the pit lane, a regulation affecting the top five crews, played a major role, as did the puncture he suffered when in sixth.

Race 2 was disputed in the morning and, as mentioned above, the win went to Renaud Kuppens. In second was the Dane Mikkel Mac, with Italian Alberto Cola third.

As a mark of respect for Pietro Stragliati, the AF Corse collaborator who died here on Thursday, there were no celebrations for the drivers on the podium.