The three-time FIA GT champion used all his experience of the circuit to post a seemingly effortless 2’00”543. In second came the Goldstein/Sundberg crew (2’02”941) as they showed that they can compete whatever the circuit. It was a clear message of intent sent by the two to current series leader Pietro Zumerle (fourth in 2’03”196).
Zumerle ended the session behind Paolo Necchi (2’03”140) but one position up on Sergio Rota (2’03”282). There is not much between the drivers, something that shows how close things are in the title race. One name missing from the leaderboard is Ardagna Perez, but this is his first outing at Mugello. On the plus side, Davide Baldi's performance shone through. The 2009 Italian Climbing champion was making his debut in a Maserati and he turned on the style and pace to match the leaders to come sixth overall. He wasn't the only driver in form in this session: Belgian Louis Machiels, also making his debut in the series, came home seventh. Just behind him came Leonardo Maddalena and Alberto Sabbatini, director of Autosprint.
Over in GT4, the Coldani/Gallina duo finished twelfth, edging out Cedric Sbirrazzuoli and Kessel/Wyss.
|1||40||Bertolini Andrea||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||2’00.543|
|2||6||Goldstein / Sundberg||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+2.398|
|3||16||Necchi Paolo||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+2.597|
|4||4||Zumerle Pietro||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+2.653|
|5||27||Rota Sergio||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+2.739|
|6||48||Baldi Davide||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+3.526|
|7||10||Machiels Louis||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+4.045|
|8||33||Leonardo Maddalena||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+4.516|
|9||8||Sabbatini / Moccia||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+4.991|
|10||2||Niek Hommerson||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+5.136|
In doing so, he built a healthy advantage over the pack: the Modenese driver's time of 2’02”123 was over 2” quicker than Gabriele Gardel in the GT4 version of the Trofeo.
The two have often matched up in the FIA GT championship but this was Gardel's first time in the Trofeo and he felt at home in the car straight away.
The second free practice session saw a few drivers normally up with the lead pace fall back a little. Replacing them were Davide Baldi (2’04”634) and Luigi Moccia (2’04”824). Moccia will team up with Autosprint director, Alberto Sabbatini, this weekend.
Just a thousandth down on the 'press' crew is Nicolò Piancastelli, who made up for losing ground in session 1 with a technical problem. The Trofeo's youngest driver is making a return after missing two races and made the most of his knowledge of the Tuscan circuit to move back into the places that matter. He is just ahead of the two going for the title: overall leader Pietro Zumerle (2’04”959) and the Steven Goldstein/Peter Sundberg (2’05”041) pairing.
Next up is Rota and then comes Machiels, from Belgium. Behind the two come Paolo Necchi, Ardagna Perez and Cedric Sbirrazzuoli.
|1||40||Andrea Bertolini||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||2’02.123|
|2||43||Gabriel Gardel||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+ 2.095|
|3||48||Davide Baldi||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+ 2.511|
|4||8||Sabbatini/Moccia||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+ 2.701|
|5||3||Piancastelli Niccolò||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+ 2.702|
|6||4||Pietro Zumerle||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+ 2.836|
|7||6||Goldstein/Sundberg||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+ 2.918|
|8||27||Sergio Rota||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+ 3.297|
|9||10||Louis Machiels||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+ 3.540|
|10||16||Paolo Necchi||GranTurismo MC Trofeo||+ 3.624|