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Imola - ITA
21/04/2012

Fittipaldi's Maserati deals with an early scare to finish fourth


It was another action-packed race for Maserati in the second International Superstars Series race at Imola. Christian Fittipaldi, in the Quattroporte Evo fielded by the private Swiss Team, managed to come home fourth despite being caught up in an early collision. The damage to the front left of his car was considerable but he battled on. Mauro Cesari, Fittipaldi's team mate, also did well to close out in ninth after starting from twelfth.

Everyone thought that Fittipaldi would have to call it a day after the accident. In the bunch on lap 1, the ex-F1 driver was rammed by Andrea Larini in the Romeo Ferraris Mercedes C63 AMG. The Mercedes was then ploughed into from behind by another car causing Fittipaldi to career into one of the cars in front of him.

Even with the aerodynamics on his Quattroporte Evo shot, the Brazilian somehow managed to stick with the leaders. On lap 3, he was holding fifth behind Andrea Boffo, in the Roma Racing Team C63 AMG, Sini's Chevrolet Lumina, from Solaris, and Gabellini and Biagi in the Dinamic BMW E92s.

On the next lap, an irresistible Johan Kristoffersson in the four-wheel drive Audi RS5 from Audi Sport Italia overtook Fittipaldi. The Audi had already pocketed Race 1 and went on to record its second win of the weekend. Still, Fittipaldi kept fifth when Sini retired. The Brazilian drove on the very edge trying to defend his position from Larini, completing some eye-catching controlled skids along the way. The tactic was working but then Larini made his C63 AMG's bigger engine count on one of the straights to overtake.
 

 

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TOP SHOT

Cesari 

RACE RESULTS 2

22/04/2012

 TIMEDRIVER

0128:01.915Kristofferson Johan

02 +3.317Biagi Thomas

03+11.956Boffo Andrea

04+16.212Fittipaldi Christian

05+16.479Schoffler Thomas

06+16.843Gabellini Stefano

07+20.931Larini Andrea

08+27.620Caldarola Nico

09+31.994Cesari Mauro

10+32.324Bettini Sandro

RACE RESULTS 1


 TIMEDRIVER

0127:39.500Kristofferson Johan

02+8.039Larini Andrea

03+13.888Biagi Thomas

04+20.293Sini Francesco

05+26.685Fittipaldi Christian

06+27.750Liuzzi Vitantonio

07+28.478Gabellini Stefano

08+35.225Boffo Andrea

09+35.706Schoffler Thomas

10+46.936Pigoli Max

STARTING GRID

21/04/2012

 TIMEDRIVER

011:49.548Kristofferson Johan

021:49.677Larini Andrea

031:49.759Biagi Thomas

041:49.825Morbidelli Gianni

051:50.128Liuzzi Vitantonio

061:50.230Sini Francesco

071:50.467Schoffler Thomas

081:50.638Pigoli Max

091:51.387Fittipaldi Christian

101:51.423Gabellini Stefano