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Former Formula 1 Racers Dominate The Superstars Races At The Hungaroring
Posted by: newsla on Jul 01, 2012 - 08:11 PM
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Former Formula 1 Racers Dominate The Superstars Races At The Hungaroring: Liuzzi (Mercedes) And Klien (Maserati) Share Wins In Budapest


Although the Hungaroring seemed the least suitable track for Mercedes, but the weekend turned out to be an extremely successful one for the German brand in the fifth round of the 2012 SUPERSTARS INTERNATIONAL SERIES season. The powerful Mercedes C63 AMG of CAAL Racing's Vitantonio Liuzzi set a blistering pace: after scoring a fantastic win in Race 1, he kept the brand's official banner high with a second place finish in Race 2. A perfect way to celebrate the first 45 years of AMG.

 

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In Race 1, second went to an hard-charging Thomas Biagi (BMW M3 – Team BMW Dinamic) in front of Hungarian hero Norbert Michelisz (BMW M3 – Scuderia Giudici). Things got more heated in the afternoon, as while Colombian Camilo Zurcher ended Race 2 on top, he was later penalized with a 25-second penalty for making contact with the Jaguar of Domenico Ferlito while battling for an early lead. As a consequence, he was forced to settle for sixth, leaving Austrian Former F1 star Christian Klien with an unexpected victory aboard his Maserati Quattroporte. It wasn't the only penalty assessed by the stewards, as Biagi was also penalized for a tangle with Liuzzi. The BMW man eventually ended up in third.

The day of former championship leader Johan Kristoffersson proved extremely tough. The Swedish racer, driving an Audi RS5 for Audi Sport KMS lost the point in standings: after having settled for 5th in Race 1, a battery issue forced him to park his ride during the formation lap. Following to the event held in Budapest, Liuzzi is now the new International Series leader with 120 points, followed by Biagi (114) and Kristoffersson (112).

In GTSPRINT, Roman Andrea Palma cruised to another spectacular 1-2 victory aboard his Black Team-prepared Ferrari 458. After having taken-off from the pole twice, Palma literally dominated the day, as he also had to overcome a drive-through penalty to fight back from the rear in Race 2. With same-powered Mario Cordoni ending up in second tiwce for Ombra Racing, the podium was completed by the Autorlando Porsche 997 GTS2 of Glauco Solieri in Race 1. Roberto Benedetti scored third place in Race 2 with the RC Motorsport Corvette Z06R he co-drives with Roberto Del Castello. Thanks to his perfect score in Hungary, Palma is now leading the overall standings with 171 points, followed by Solieri (98) and Cordoni (75). Another chapter of the eternal Ferrari vs. Porsche battled highlighted the GTS CUP TROPHY. In Race 1, newcomer Giacomo Piccini cruised to victory with the GDL Racing 997 model, while former motorcycle racer Roberto Delli Guanti equalized for the Maranello-based constructor in Race 2 on the Kessel Racing Ferrari F430. Colombian Steven Goldstein, who replaced Piccini for Race 2, is now leading in standings with 111 points. The Bocellari-Delli Guanti pair and Porsche's Vittorio Bagnasco are not too far away from him.

The next round for SUPERSTARS and GTSPRINT will be held at the Belgian Spa-Francorchamps circuit on the next 14th and 15th of July.

INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTARS SERIES | HUNGARORING
Race 1 (top-5): 1. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Mercedes C63 AMG - Caal Racing) 14 giri, 27’05”669; 2. Thomas Biagi (BMW M3 E92 - Team BMW Dinamic) 0”539; 3. Norbert Michelisz (BMW M3 E92 - Scuderia Giudici) 3”544; 4. Christian Klien (Maserati Quattroporte - Swiss Team) 5”935; 5. Johan Kristoffersson (Audi RS5 - Audi Sport KMS) 10”664.

Race 2 (top-5): 1. Christian Klien (Maserati Quattroporte – Swiss Team) 14 giri in 27’20”926; 2. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Mercedes C63 AMG – Caal Racing) 9”777; 3. Thomas Biagi (BMW M3 – Team BMW Dinamic) 12”098; 4. Franco Fumi (BMW M3 – Team BMW Dinamic) 14”547; 5. Stefano Gabellini (BMW M3 – Team BMW Dinamic) 16”574.

SUPERSTARS INTERNATIONAL SERIES (top-5): 1. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Mercedes C63 AMG – Caal Racing) 120; 2. Thomas Biagi (BMW M3 – Team BMW Dinamic) 114; 3. Johan Kristoffersson (Audi RS5 – Audi Sport KMS) 112; 4. Andrea Larini (Mercedes C63 AMG – Team Romeo Ferraris) 78; 5. Francesco Sini (Chevrolet Lumina – Solaris Motorsport) 71.

INTERNATIONAL GTSPRINT SERIES | HUNGARORING
Race 1 (top-5): 1. Andrea Palma (Ferrari 458 GTS2 - Black Team) 17 giri, 31’22”298; 2. Mario Cordoni (Ferrari 458 GTS3 - Ombra Racing Team) 2”225; 3. Glauco Solieri (Porsche 997 GTS2 - Autorlando Sport) 11”154; 4. Roberto Del Castello (Corvette Z06 R GTS3 - RC Motorsport) 25”051; 5. Giacomo Piccini (Porsche 997 GTS Cup Trophy - GDL Racing) 1’08”820.

Race 2 (top-5): 1. Andrea Palma (Ferrari 458 GTS2 - Black Team) 16 giri, 30’03”016; 2. Mario Cordoni (Ferrari 458 GTS3 - Ombra Racing Team) 3”426; 3. Roberto Benedetti (Corvette Z06 R GTS3 - RC Motorsport) 12”335; 4. Glauco Solieri (Porsche 997 GTS2 - Autorlando Sport) 15”333; 5. Simone Pellegrinelli (Ferrari 430 GTS2 - Black Team) 31”204.


GTSPRINT INTERNATIONAL SERIES (top-5): 1. Andrea Palma (Ferrari 458 Italia GTS3 – Black Team) 171; 2. Glauco Solieri (Porsche 997 GTS2– Autorlando Sport) 98; 3. Mario Cordoni (Ferrari 458 Italia GTS3 – Ombra Racing Team) 75; 4. Simone Pellegrinelli (Ferrari 430 GTS2 – Black Team ) 74; 5. Del Castello-Benedetti (Corvette Z06 R GTS3 – RC Motorsport) 61.

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