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A Positive Balance For Superstars So Far As Seven Different Drivers Share Wins
Posted by: newsla on Jul 04, 2012 - 09:44 PM
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A Positive Balance For Superstars So Far As Seven Different Drivers Share Wins In The First 5 Rounds


After having reached its half point for 2012, SUPERSTARS can draw a really positive balance in terms of on-track competition. The series has experienced a sensational run in the first part of the championship, featuring an unprecedented performance balancing between the cars and drivers taking part in it. Seven drivers scored victories so far, representing five different car brands, while six manufacturers ended up on the podium so far.

 

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In the first round of the season at Monza, the wins were shared by the Jaguar XFR of Max Pigoli and by the CAAL Racing Mercedes AMG of Tonio Liuzzi. Johan Kristoffersson drove his KMS Audi RS5 to victory twice in Imola, and the same went on for Audi Sport Italia's Gianni Morbidelli at the british Donington Park circuit. At Mugello, two first-time winners celebrated their glory day: Andrea Larini (Mercedes C63 AMG Romeo Ferraris) and Francesco Sini (Chevrolet Lumina Solaris Motorsport). And as the championship eventually landed in Hungary, it were former Red Bull team-mates in Formula 1, Tonio Liuzzi and Christian Klien, to share the honours.

Liuzzi, who had dominated in practice and qualifying, scored a dominant victory in Race 1 at the Hungaroring by leading from flag to flag. Austrian ace Christian Klien, at his championship debut with the Maserati Quattroporte, inherited the Race 2 win after a 25-second penalty was assessed to Colombian Camilo Zurcher. The Team Romeo Ferraris racer, driving a Mercedes C63 AMG, had ended up on top but paid the price of a contact with Domenico Ferlito earlier in the race. All in all, for Zurcher it was a positive day as he led for most part of the distance and increased his margin on the pack through the final part of the day.

Running for the first time in SUPERSTARS in front of his home crowd, Norbert Michelisz rewarded the 22.600 fans on the grandstands with a spectacular third-place finish in race 1 as he also propelled Scuderia Giudici at the top of the championship. Thomas Biagi proved again incredibly consistent behind the wheel of the Team BMW Dinamic-prepared BMW M3, as he cruised to double podium finishes. The Bologna-based man is still in the hunt for title. On the other hand, the Audi camp left Budapest in disappointment. Due to engine issues on his Audi RS5, Gianni Morbidelli did not score points despite his potential was clearly high enough to guarantee him a place in the sun in both races. A similar fate hit the sister cars driven by Johan Kristoffersson, who was forced back to the pits right after the formation lap, and Thomas Schoeffler, whose run was plagued by mechanical issues.

The championship game is still very open for SUPERSTARS, as the series will be back in less than two weeks at one of the most fascinating circuits in history: Spa-Francorchamps.

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