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Mauro Calamia Secures Race 1 At The Hungaroring
Posted by: newsla on May 31, 2014 - 04:48 PM
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Mauro Calamia Secures Race 1 At The Hungaroring

Swiss driver Mauro Calamia, from Swiss Team, today scored another victory in the Maserati Trofeo World Series. Following his brilliant win in Race 2 at Spa, back in May, Calamia topped the podium in this second round of Maserati’s single-make series taking place at the Hungaroring, Budapest.


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Calamia did well to make the most of an early error committed by Andrea Cecchellero who couldn’t hold on to his hard-earned pole position. Calamia stormed into the lead, built up a healthy margin and stayed out front until the chequered flag. Cecchellero came home second with third going to the other Swiss Team driver: Gabriele Gardel. Gardel is in a rich vein of form and made his third straight podium after the win and third position he claimed at the Belgian circuit of Spa.

In fourth was Riccardo Ragazzi, just up on Simone Di Luca. Sixth place was taken by Alberto Cola – the last in the points – who managed to edge out Alan Simoni.

It was another unhappy occasion for reigning champion Renaud Kuppens as he again failed to make it to the finish. At Spa the Belgian was forced to quit Race 1 after clashing with Cecchellero with his car too badly damaged for the mechanics to repair in time for Race 2. Today, a transmission glitch held Kuppens back before he decided to pull out. Tomorrow he will have a chance to make up for things in the second sprint when he lines up on pole, a slot he booked after topping the timesheet in qualifying 2.

This afternoon’s event saw Edina Bus come first out of the four women taking part. At Budapest there are four Hungarian ‘Lady Racers’ competing in special livery for this round in the Maserati Trofeo. Alongside Bus is Adrienn Dancso (sharing the drive with Bus) and Anita Toth, paired with Adrienn Vogel.

The second 30’ sprint will be held tomorrow, Sunday 1 June, from 8.55 to 9.25, with the 60’ endurance event, including a compulsory pit stop, timed for 15.25-16.25.

Mauro Calamia: “My second win of the season came courtesy of a perfect start. This allowed me to close in on Andrea Cecchellero and overtake him at turn 1. I then focused on pushing hard on the gas and, once I had built an advantage over the pack, I sat back and avoided making any errors. I am pleased at the result and at making the podium with my team mate Gabriel Gardel: it is another fine result for our squad”.

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