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smart EQ fortwo e-cup - May 4th and 5th - Vallelunga, Italy

The Vallelunga Autodrome will host the highly anticipated second round of the smart EQ fortwo e-cup, the series commissioned by Mercedes Italia and Lug Prince & Decker and dedicated to smart EQ cars for racing.  It follows the success that started last season in the spectacular setting of Formula E in Rome and grew exponentially until it acquired the prestigious title of ACI Sport Italian Alternative Energy Championship. 

Many are the illustrious names that will enliven the fight for the title are on board the renewed smart e-cup EVO, lighter by almost 100 kg compared to the previous version thanks to use of carbon elements and some additional tricks that give it even more racing performance.

The 2019 starting grid promises to have over 20 cars that will compete at Vallelunga during the year, thanks to the strong, direct involvement, of the Italian smart centres.  

Fulvio Ferri will have his work cut out to defend the title won in 2018 by the attack of Marco Panzavuota, second last year, and Vittorio Ghirelli, winner of the Vallelunga stage who also has an important background in GP2.  The long list of contenders for the title also sees in its ranks Lorenzo Longo, a convincing protagonist of the first season of the smart EQ fortwo e-cup. To raise the talent rate even further, there will be many new arrivals like Giuseppe de Pasquale, Gianluca Carboni, Riccardo Azzoli, Christian Pigionanti and Michele Spoldi, all with a solid career among GT, single-seaters and prototypes. Alessandra Torresani will contest the title of the Lady Cup to Silvia Sellani, winner in 2018, while surprises could come from the gentleman drivers Franco Gallina, Giuseppe Bodega, Piergiorgio Capra and Antonino Cannavo. Denis Calvagni, Alfonso Chiarini.  Rookie Antonio Tarasca did not resist the e-race challenge at the world premiere as well as the young Riccardo Longo, who will share the car with rookie Gianalberto Coldani.

Enel X will once again be the energy partner of the series, bringing to the track all of its focussed technology that will allow the smart to recharge thanks to the innovative JuicePole.  The new ALCAR wheels will give the cars a more racing look and enhanced sporty behaviour, thanks to the increased wheel track housing the Pirelli tires to guarantee the smart EQ fortwo e-cup even more safety and performance.

The first three drivers of the overall classification will benefit from one of the watches offered by CORUM, while once again HRX will take care of the drivers in the race. To support the recharging of the cars there will be the E-Gap mobile station already seen on the parade staged in the streets of the Rome street circuit of Formula E. 

This week the Vallelunga arena will host the first of the six electrifying stages of the 2019 calendar and will allow all fans to experience the race weekend at the highest level, being able to enter the paddock to meet teams and drivers and enjoy the races in the stands.  Plus it is totally free thanks to the free ticket downloadable via this link http://bit.ly/2Y0x5yn.

The competition will start on Friday with free practice scheduled at 12.25, prelude to the qualifying scheduled at 18.25. The start of the first race is scheduled for Saturday at 3.20pm, while the green light for Race 2 will start at 3.30pm on Sunday. All races will be broadcast live on smart Italy social channels and simultaneously on many Facebook pages for unprecedented video coverage.  There will also be full results and reviews via The smart Racing Club web site and coverage in the next edition of 4site smart Magazine published by thesmartclub.

 

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