Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo

Free practice

Imola - ITA

Stefano Gai 

Gai, storming finish in free practice

29/04/2011 - Imola
Turning up the speed dial at the end of the first free practice session was enough to give Stefano Gai top spot. He closed out the forty-minute workout in a time of 1’54”628.

The Rossocorsa driver, who last year secured the GT4 class driving a Trofeo, edged out Nicolò Piancastelli by just .316. The Romagna driver was on his home circuit and set his best time on lap fourteen, just before the chequered flag was shown.

David Baldi, who had been leading up until that point, slipped to third with his 1’55”075 that was set on lap 11. The Tuscan had shown fine form last season at Mugello and proved he also has what it takes to cope with the ups and downs of Santerno.

Behind the front three, within a second of each other, were Manuel Villa (1’55”337) and the Sbirrazzuoli/Chionna crew (1’55”519), the first of the GT4s.

In a session that was held in variable conditions but in which the expected rain held off, the top ten featured some familiar names from last year.

Among them was sixth-placed Gaetano Ardagna Perez (1’56”101) and Emanuele Smurra, tenth in 1’58”050. Taking up the places in between was the second-ranked GT4 driver, Lorenzo Casé in his Swiss Team car, Dutch debutant Mathijs Bakker, and Olivier Doeblin, driving a Scuderia Jolly Club GT4.

Outside the top ten, the only cars who managed to finish within 4” of first was the guest pairing of Mosca/Benusiglio (who will not pick up any championship points) and Alexander Wensky. The other competitors used the session to get to know the track and the car; not everyone took part in the pre-season tests.


Free practice 1

0199Stefano GaiGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:54.628
023Nicolò PiancastelliGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:54.944
0323David BaldiGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:55.075
0424Manuel VillaGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:55.337
0530Sbirrazzuoli - ChionnaGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:55.519
0625Gaetano Ardagna PerezGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:56.101
0736Lorenzo CaséGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:56.855
087Mathijs BakkerGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:57.399
0935Olivier DoeblinGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:57.824
1028Emanuele SmurraGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:58.050
1118Mosca - BenusiglioGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:58.348
128Alexander WenskyGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:59.706
135Andreas SeglerGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:01.046
1437Daniel WaszczinskiGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:02.307
1526Manuzzi - RomaniGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:02.757
164Pierre Marie De LeenerGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:03.982
1712Guenther ForsterGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:05.459
1815Anita TothGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:06.785
1911Béla CsiszerGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:09.220
2010Dario BertanzaGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:10.598

David Baldi 

Baldi, a leader’s consistency

29/04/2011 - Imola
David Baldi was quickest in the second free practice session held in late afternoon at Santerno, Imola.

The Tuscan had already attracted the spotlight in the non-official shakedown and closed the forty-minute session in 1’54”584.

The ex-Speed Hillclimb champion set a series of fast laps, consistency that makes him one of the favourites for Sunday’s events. Another driver with a good chance of victory is Stefano Gai who was again quick in session two and the only driver able to pressure Baldi. The Lombardy driver put in a time of 1’54”707, with Nicolò Piancastelli in third and .560 off Baldi.

The driver from Romagna confirmed his form at Imola and appeared to be holding something back for tomorrow’s qualifying.

Manuel Villa again placed fourth but this time bettered his lap time. The eclectic driver from Albenga headed the AF Corse duo of Sbirrazzuoli/Chionna, once more the quickest of the drivers competing in the Team championship. Next up came Gaetano Ardagna Perez (1’55”887), Lorenzo Casé (1’56”143), Mathijs Bakker (1’57”323), Emanuele Smurra (1’57”479) and Olivier Doeblin (1’57”956).

Compared to session one, the lap times set by the second batch of drivers improved. This was especially true of Anita Toth who lapped four seconds quicker.

The first qualifying session will be held tomorrow from 13.55 – 14.15 and will decide the grid order for Race 1; the order for Race 2 will depend on the outcome of the second session, timed for 18.30-18.50.


Free practice 2

0123David BaldiGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:54.584
0299Stefano GaiGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:54.707
033Nicolò PiancastelliGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:55.144
0424Manuel VillaGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:55.209
0530Sbirrazzuoli - ChionnaGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:55.454
0625Gaetano Ardagna PerezGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:55.887
0736Lorenzo CaséGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:56.143
087Mathijs BakkerGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:57.323
0928Emanuele SmurraGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:57.479
1035Olivier DoeblinGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:57.956
1118Mosca - BenusiglioGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:58.213
128Alexander WenskyGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:58.982
1337Daniel WaszczinskiGranTurismo MC Trofeo1:59.967
145Andreas SeglerGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:00.308
1515Anita TothGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:02.510
1612Guenther ForsterGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:03.824
174Pierre Marie De LeenerGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:04.101
1810Dario BertanzaGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:06.948
1911Béla CsiszerGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:06.991
2026Manuzzi - RomaniGranTurismo MC Trofeo2:16.641


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