Race 2

Abu Dhabi - UAE

Kuppens takes the title in his own style

The first night-time race in the Trofeo Maserati ended with Renaud Kuppens celebrating his second world title.

The Belgian led from start to finish and was never hassled by the other drivers.

It was another regular start with the only ‘action’ coming when Ragazzi and Fascicolo clashed. Luckily, Fascicolo managed to stay in control despite being clipped on the rear wheel.

At the end of lap 1, Kuppens was up front, leading from Mac, Barde, Calamia and Zamparini. Sadly, one of the race’s potential stars was forced out when Mikkel Mac retired; Pierre Marie De Leener also suffered the same fate. Mac’s problem was a technical one but Leener’s retirement came after he collided with Thomas Herpell, who was hit with a drive-through a few laps later.

This was not the only sanction handed out by the officials: on lap 5, Lino Curti was called in for a drive-through of his own for cutting across the chicane.

Unlike the first race, Race 2 was less frantic. With eight laps down, Kuppens was still out front, heading Barde (2”6 down), Calamia (5”3), Zamparini (11”4), Gobbo (18”8), Fascicolo (21”4), Adrian De Leener (27”8), Ragazzi (29”5), Max Braams (35”1) and Cordoni (37”0).

Even the closing stages of the race passed off without much incident apart from a coming together between Segler and Sicart. The German was trying to overtake but strayed wide. When coming back on, he crossed into Sicart’s path and a crash was inevitable. However, officials decided that Sicart could have done more to avoid the collision and hit him with a drive-through. This was converted into a 25 second penalty once the race was over as there were only two laps left to run.

So, Renaud Kuppens took the chequered flag invented by Anthony Nogues. The other podium spots went to Ange Barde and Mauro Calamia. In fourth came Patrick Zamparini, with Patrick Gobbo and Giuseppe Fascicolo up next. Adrian De Leener, Riccardo Ragazzi, Max Braams, Mario Cordoni and Patrick Shovlin completed the top ten.

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