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Sbirrazzuoli and Ardagna triumph at Donington

Cedric Sbirrazzuoli and Gaetano Ardagna came out on top in the two round five Trofeo Maserati GranTurismo MC races. This weekend the action took place at Donington Park, England. For the Monaco driver, Race 1 was a lone experience that began in Saturday's qualifying where he took a fine pole. Sbirrazzuoli, from Team AF Corse, led from start to finish, first keeping his rivals in check and then slowly turning the screw to finish 19 seconds up on David Baldi. Things were exciting right from the start behind the AF Corse driver. Ardagna, Baldi, Piancastelli and Bakker were especially spectacular in their fight for the two remaining podium slots.

 

The turning point came when Piancastelli and Ardagna clashed, forcing the Venezuelan into the pits. Baldi and Bakker made the most of it to finish behind the eventual winner; a result that meant that Baldi triumphed in the Trofeo category. Nicolò Piancastelli, fourth overall and third in the Trofeo category, was later hit with a post-race penalty by officials of 25 seconds and a 6 place relegation on the Race 2 starting grid for his collision with Ardagna. With the rain coming down and with debris scattered across the track, the race was suspended with a few minutes to spare. As 75% of the race time had been run, a full points quota was awarded.

 

PIT & PADDOCK

17/07/2011

Press conference race 2
Gaetano Ardagna (1st overall and in the Trofeo): "It was a great race and a hard fought one from start to finish. David Baldi raced like a lion; he never gives up".

17/07/2011

Trofeo press conference Race 1
David Baldi (1st Trofeo): “Obviously, I can’t not be happy with top spot. I made a few errors at the beginning and then tried to settle into the race".

17/07/2011

Team press conference Race 1
Cedric Sbirrazzuoli - AF Corse (1st overall) “It wasn’t as easy as it seemed. I started from pole thanks to the good qualifying session yesterday in which we sorted out the brake problem we had on Friday".

RACE RESULTS 1

17/07/2011

#DRIVERTIME
01Cedric Sbirrazzuoli26:11.497
02David Baldi+19.677
03Mathjis Bakker+21.154
04Mark Kroes+27.935
05Owen Mildenhall+42.861
06Nicolò Piancastelli+46.694
07Justino Riveroll+1:01.675
08Roberto Giordanelli+1:04.106
09Matteo Grassi +1:09.692
10Andreas Segler+1:21.348

RACE RESULTS 2

17/07/2011

#DRIVERTIME
01Gaetano Ardagna40:48.125
02David Baldi+0.929
03Nicolò Piancastelli+1.378
04Mathjis Bakker+11.802
05Owen Mildenhall+29.086
06Leonardo Maddalena+37.954
07Mark Kroes+43.458
08Justino Riveroll+50.347
09Andreas Segler+1:09.252
10Alessandro Chionna+1:09.739

STARTING GRID 1

16/07/2011

#DRIVERTIME
01Cedric Sbirrazzuoli1:37.632
02Gaetano Ardagna+0.220
03Nicolò Piancastelli+0.365
04Mathjis Bakker+0.459
05David Baldi+0.993
06Leonardo Maddalena+1.132
07Mark Kroes+1.140
08Matteo Grassi+2.774
09Roberto Giordanelli+3.580
10Daniel Waszczinski+4.624

STARTING GRID 2

16/07/2011

#DRIVERTIME
01David Baldi1:37.590
02Gaetano Ardagna+0.220
03Nicolò Piancastelli+0.271
04Mathjis Bakker+0.602
05Leonardo Maddalena+0.832
06Davide Durante+2.161
07Alessandro Chionna+2.229
08Andreas Segler+3.567
09Mario Benusiglio+3.826
10Daniel Waszczinski+4.419

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