One of the Trofeo’s gentleman drivers, Pierre Marie De Leener, had a specific aim at the weekend: to enjoy himself. At Portimao during the second round of the season, it could be said that he did this.
Ahead of Race 3, the first endurance race of the 2012 Maserati Trofeo World Series, we met up with Andrea Dromedari. This weekend he is competing but also raising money for the Mayer di Firenze hospital.
Giorgio Sernagiotto (first): There was much more action in this race compared to Jarama.
Renaud Kuppens - Konvex Motorsport (first): “It was an enjoyable race but a long one because fifty minutes is a long time behind the wheel.
Giorgio Sernagiotto: “There was much more action in this race compared to Jarama. I didn’t get off to a good start and was overtaken by Simoni and Ghanem."
At the end of the weekend's third race, Tani Hanna took the time to congratulate his friend Joe Ghanem on his second spot; last week the two paired up in the Trofeo Europa in Valencia.
Segler climbed out of the cockpit a satisfied man after finishing seventh in Race 2 at Portimao. The result was one of the best since the German started competing in the Maserati single-make series.
Still valid this year is the rule stating that drivers who change one or more tyres in qualifying have to start from the back.
Even after seeing pole whipped away just when it seemed his, Riccardo Ragazzi was still satisfied with his convincing qualifying performance.
One of this season's novelties is the endurance race, an event that will flank the two races normally held over the weekend.