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GATTUSO-MALUCELLI WIN RACE 1 OF THE 6TH ROUND OF THE ITALIAN GT CHAMPIONSHIP IN MISANO

Stefano Gattuso and Matteo Malucelli (Ferrari 458 Italia) are race-1 winners in the 6th round of the Italian Grand Turismo Championship. Scuderia Baldini 27 drivers proceeded the Audi R8 LMS of Capello-Zonzini (Audi Sport Italia) by 3″436 and team mates Casè-Giammaria by 4″917 at the end of a very tight race. Gattuso got the lead of GT3 classification and thanks to the 20 points earned today he reached 105 points, two more than Beretta and Frassineti.Gattuso Malucelli

In GT Cup the Porsche 997 dominated the scene with Luca and Nicola Pastorelli (Krypton Motorsport) proceeding De Castro-Valori (Ebimotors) and Matteo Desideri (Antonelli Motorsport), strenghtening the class leadership in this way reaching 136 points. They are followed by Maino-Selva (119).

Race-1: At the start Postiglione got past Gattuso and Beretta taking the lead from the second row of the grid, but at the first corner Ebimotors’ driver drove beyond track limits. Race direction handed him a 5 seconds penalty to be added to his time at the end of the race.

Behind Postiglione, Gattuso, Amici, Giammaria, Di Amato, Beretta and Viberti, while Desideri got the lead of GT Cup proceeding Valori and Pastorelli. Lucchini had the worse of the melee of the first lap and had to retire due to the failure to the steering arm, while Comandini had to pit with a fork end broken due to a problem to one tyre.

Desideri spun at lap 8 and had to give the GT Cup leadership away to Valori, while Postiglione on top gained four seconds on Gattuso, who was in turn followed by Amici, Giammaria, Di Amato, Viberti and Beretta.

Monfardini and Rizzuto, while fighting to get into the points, had a contact at lap 11 ending both up in a spin. In GT Cup Perel installed himself in P2 after a good overtaking move on Pastorelli.

Pit window opened at lap 13 but the safety car was shortly after deployed due to a contact between Viberti and Carina Lima, which neutralized the race and favoured some lineups that had already pitted. At the restart, Donativi, in for Postiglione, confirmed his lead ahead of Mugelli, Necchi, Mapelli, Malucelli, Casè, Zonzini, Puglisi, Pezzucchi and Frassineti, while De Castro proceeded Pastorelli and Comi in GT Cup.

At lap 22, Mapelli took Necchi first and then attacked Mugelli, but the two had a contact ending up in a spin. Audi driver had the worst as he rejoined in P14, while Pastorelli got the lead of GT Cup proceeding De Castro and Comi.

Zonzini took Casè at lap 26 for P3, while Frassineti got P6 off Mugelli in the following lap. The race got inflamed further as Malucelli got the lead at lap 28 thanks to a good move on Donativi. Frassineti took Necchi instead for P5.

As the flag was approaching, Zonzini managed to find his way past Donativi but the driver from Rome, considering the 5 seconds time penalty, did not oppose any resistance.

At the flag, Malucelli proceeded Zonzini, Casè, Donativi, Frassineti and Necchi, while Mugelli was seventh ahead of Pezzucchi and Camathias, but the Autorlando driver was eventually handed a penalty due to a contact with Puglisi, that ended ninth ahead of Mapelli.

Source. Italian GT Championship

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