Press release 38/2018 17.09.2018
The team Autorlando sport and the driver Ghezzi Giuseppe, the 2017 champions of the European Gt4 series, pass the title to the Nurburgring, Ghezzi Giuseppe paired with Giovanelli Alessandro confirm them VICE CHAMPIONS in a context that has seen more than 45 cars lined up at the last race of the championship with the verdicts of all the classifications yet to be written.
Autorlando-Sport thanks to the two crews of the Porsche #76, Ghezzi-Giovanelli and the #75 of Cerati-Fondi conquers the 4th absolute position of the TEAM championship on a par with a PRO-AM team.
The 5.137km of the German track saw the free practice without problems with the times that were gradually lowered by both the 911 GT4 car, # 76 and # 75. In qualifying, the Ghezzi-Giovanelli car took the 5th class place with Ghezzi in Q1 and the 3rd class position with Giovanelli. Cerati takes the 9th class place in Q1 while Fondi will not be able to make any time in Q2 due to a stone, thrown by a previous car that drills a radiator just before the end of Q1; unfortunately start forced from the bottom of the grid for him.
Race 1 offers emotions and overtaking with the race, which is also conditioned by the different drive-throughs imposed by the race director to several cars. Ghezzi and Giovanelli (# 76) fight, reassemble and surpass by winning an excellent second AM post proving to be highly competitive; 6th place finish of Cerati-Fondi
Sunday morning is the moment of second race that sees the race neutralized for the first quarter of an hour because of the contacts arrived in turn 3 on the first lap. Giovanelli and Fondi are good to stay out of trouble, the race resumes with other contacts, technical problems and penalties that flow from the race direction to mess up strategies. Giovanelli will be forced to change tires during the pit window for a contact immediately by a BMW, while Cerati will miss a drive through taken by the “colleague” Fondi and arrived close to the driver’s change. The two cars finish in 7th (# 76) and 9th (# 75) class position and the team unfortunately sees the third place in the classification fade, reached in a comeback with the team “Schwede” because of a second place placement.
It closes a season full of emotions and duels that has seen Ghezzi, Giovanelli, Cerati and Fondi battle over 6 very respectable tracks, confirming protagonists with high and important results.
The double weekend is not finished because in SPA, Maurizio Fratti participated for the second time season at the Master Endurance Legend with the 996 RSR, winner of the European Le Mans Series 2006 in LMGTE with Marc Lieb and Joel Camathias and with which Fratti Maurizio in Couple with Alex Caffi participated in the International GT Open in 2008.
The temperatures at SPA are much more winter than those recorded at the Nurburgring, <10 ° C, more difficulty then for the drivers who will have to bring the tires to the right temperature to then ask them the best along the 7,004 km of the Ardenne track. Maurizio knows the difficulty and in qualifying takes a 3rd place in the class that is worth the 16th absolute pitch by putting behind him half cars that compete with him in the G3 / GT2 class.
The temperatures at SPA are much more winter than those recorded at the Nurburgring, the choice of the correct rubber compound leads Maurizio Fratti to the conquest of a third class place, thanks to a good choice of tyre compound that see Maurizio started very well and gained immediately some positions, made a perfect pit- stop relegating the class competitors behind the third position.
Race 2 sees a perfect start of the 996 RSR captained by Maurizio Fratti who after the start gain the second class position and keeping for 6 laps perfect race times, but has to stop due to a break of the gear that forces Maurizio Fratti to retire.
Excellent experience in the new championship of the Master endurance Legend, where truly legendary cars are lined up that can give much more to the gran turismo world.
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