Press release 46/2016 10.10.2016
Autorlando Sport with the 997 GT3 R twins of Luciano Tarabini and Maurizio Fondi at the penultimate round of the championship for the Coppa Italia GT of Peroni Promotion Race, at Imola, on the ups and downs along the Santerno so dear to Enzo Ferrari.
Free practice on Friday, first hampered by bad weather which made the track slippery and then complicated by a rupture on both cars, brilliantly solved by the Team staff, which allowed the two drivers to take full advantage of the available time.
But autumn is coming also in Emilia Romagna and on Saturday qualifying is disrupted just minutes from the start by a heavy rain. The experience of the team and the skill of the drivers bring results: Tarabini on pole and good third place for Fondi behind the BMW of Valli, historic opponent of the season.
Race 1 on Sunday morning after the rain falling incessantly all night; the track dries slowly but not enough to allow the use of slick tires. Tarabini repeats the race at Mugello, starting first and winning the race with authority. Despite the safety car, Valli tries to take advantage of the opportunity until the last meter but he can not overtake.
Fondi ends in third position after a good start that allows him to keep the second position for five laps. An imperfection at the Rivazza curve allows to Valli to pass and get close to Tarabini.
Race 2 with identical grid positions, with the start on Sunday afternoon, Tarabini on pole and Fondi in 3rd position, end of the race 2 with Fondi in 2nd position in class and Tarabini slips in 5th position for a penalty.
In the overall standing, Fondi is in 3rd place with 48 points behind Mazzolini (49 points). Tarabini is in 5th place with 33 points with only 3 events.
Grand finale at Adria for the last appointment on the weekend of 23 October.