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Shanghai - CHN

A gripping weekend in China

So, the Maserati Trofeo leaves China behind and turns its gaze to Abu Dhabi and the final act of the season. On the eve of the Shanghai meet, Renaud Kuppens hoped to secure the points he needed to repeat last year's triumph celebrated in the city that symbolises China's economic growth. Instead, the reigning champion leaves with his overall advantage cut by 8 points but the 52 point lead he has over Mac should be enough, even with three races left to run.

This weekend Mac has shown that he is not about to give up. A little extra would have seen Mac top the podium but he is still satisfied with his weekend, one on which three different drivers came out on top. In Race 1, Cedric Sbirrazzuoli edged it in a tight affair with four drivers finishing within 1.5 seconds of each other. Race 2 saw Alan Simoni claim his first win while Ange Barde made it two endurance races out of two by repeating his win at Sonoma.

RACE RESULT 3

03/11/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Ange Barde1:54.038
02Renaud Kuppens+9.840
03Mikkel Mac+16.194
04Mauro Calamia+16.325
05Patrick Gobbo / Alberto Cola+18.742
06Adrien De Leener / Cedric Sbirrazzuoli+19.554
07Tengyl Liu+25.793
08Alan Simoni / Riccardo Ragazzi+27.250
09Giuseppe Fascicolo / Andrea Cecchellero+27.466
10Mathijs Bakker+27.705

RACE RESULT 2

02/11/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Alan Simoni1:55.223
02Mikkel Mac+0.728
03Renaud Kuppens+5.838
04Mathijs Bakker+8.119
05Mauro Calamia+16.847
06Tengyl Liu+34.098
07Mauro Cesari+39.190
08Andreas Segler+41.146
09Adrien De Leener+41.511
10Mario Cordoni+54.458

RACE RESULT 1

02/11/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Cedric Sbirrazzuoli1:55.470
02Mikkel Mac+1.469
03Alberto Cola+1.472
04Riccardo Ragazzi+1.490
05Renaud Kuppens+3.207
06Mathijs Bakker+13.011
07Mauro Calamia+20.612
08Tengyl+22.058
09Mauro Cesari+32.475
10Andreas Segler+34.777

STARTING GRID 3

03/11/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Mikkel Mac3:49.131
02Renaud Kuppens3:49.255
03Ange Barde3:49.260
04Alan Simoni / Riccardo Ragazzi3:49.446
05Andrea Gardelli / Fabio Venier3:50.363
06Patrick Gobbo / Alberto Cola3:50.608
07Giuseppe Fascicolo / Andrea Cecchellero3:50.718
08Adrien De Leener / Cedric Sbirrazzuoli3:50.722
09Mathijs Bakker3:51.387
10Tengyl Liu3:52.651

STARTING GRID 2

02/11/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Mikkel Mac1:54.205
02Renaud Kuppens+0.144
03Ange Barde+0.246
04Alan Simoni+0.766
05Andrea Gardelli+1.032
06Mathijs Bakker+1.269
07Patrick Gobbo+1.375
08Tengyl Liu+1.516
09Andreas Segler+1.616
10Giuseppe Fascicolo+1.811

STARTING GRID 1

02/11/2013

#DRIVERTIME
01Riccardo Ragazzi1:54.475
02Cedric Sbirrazzuoli+0.131
03Andrea Cecchellero+0.227
04Ange Barde+0.334
05Renaud Kuppens+0.431
06Mikkel Mac+0.451
07Alberto Cola+0.553
08Fabio Venier+0.651
09Mathijs Bakker+1.438
10Asai+1.528

Pit & Paddock

03/11/2013

Press Conference 3
Ange Barde: "I am pleased to have finished this race and I did it in the best possible way by making the top of the podium. On the other two occasions, be it down to bad luck or clashing with other drivers, I was forced to retire. The win is even more special and came in front of lots of friends who came here to support me".

02/11/2013

Race 2 press conference
Alan Simoni (1° Overall): “The overall leaders were all packed together at the start. The only one missing was Barde and I don’t know what happened to him as I left him behind (he retired with a puncture, ed). It was an exceptional race; absolutely fantastic. I chased Mac and Kuppens early on and really felt it was going to be my day.

02/11/2013

Race 1 press conference
Cedric Sbirrazzuoli (1° Overall): “I realized that I was gaining on Ragazzi over the closing laps. I was in his slipstream for a while and moved out towards the end of the race, hoping he would make a mistake as his tyres were really worn.

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