Free practice

Mugello - ITA

Free practice 1, Bertolini first

Andrea Bertolini was quickest in the first free practice session at Mugello.

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.

Free practice 1

DriverCarTime
1 40Bertolini AndreaGranTurismo MC Trofeo2’00.543
2 6Goldstein / SundbergGranTurismo MC Trofeo+2.398
3 16Necchi PaoloGranTurismo MC Trofeo+2.597
4 4Zumerle PietroGranTurismo MC Trofeo+2.653
5 27Rota SergioGranTurismo MC Trofeo+2.739
6 48Baldi DavideGranTurismo MC Trofeo+3.526
7 10Machiels LouisGranTurismo MC Trofeo+4.045
8 33Leonardo MaddalenaGranTurismo MC Trofeo+4.516
9 8Sabbatini / MocciaGranTurismo MC Trofeo+4.991
10 2Niek HommersonGranTurismo MC Trofeo+5.136
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Bertolini against Gardel, as in 2005...

With dusk falling over the ribbon of Tuscan track, Andrea Bertolini continued his development of the Trofeo's 2011 technical solutions.

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.

 

 

Free practice 2

DriverCarTime
1 40Andrea BertoliniGranTurismo MC Trofeo2’02.123
2 43Gabriel GardelGranTurismo MC Trofeo+ 2.095
3 48Davide BaldiGranTurismo MC Trofeo+ 2.511
4 8Sabbatini/MocciaGranTurismo MC Trofeo+ 2.701
5 3Piancastelli NiccolòGranTurismo MC Trofeo+ 2.702
6 4Pietro ZumerleGranTurismo MC Trofeo+ 2.836
7 6Goldstein/SundbergGranTurismo MC Trofeo+ 2.918
8 27Sergio RotaGranTurismo MC Trofeo+ 3.297
9 10Louis MachielsGranTurismo MC Trofeo+ 3.540
10 16Paolo NecchiGranTurismo MC Trofeo+ 3.624
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