were 15 minutes of a thrilling show on track yesterday (18th May) in
the first of two e-races in the Italian Alternative Energies
Championship ACI Sport - smart EQ fortwo e-cup staged today at the
Misano World Circuit. At the end of a fantastic battle that lasted
from the first to the last lap of the race, Fulvio Ferri (Team #Merfina)
got the better of an exciting sprint finish for just 178 thousandths
on Riccardo Azzoli ( Team Gino)
and Giuseppe de Pasquale (RSTAR Palermo), 8 tenths off.
start of the race, held on a wet track, saw Vittorio Ghirelli
(Mercedes-Benz Rome Team) take the best position from pole and fly
at the top of the group, the brawl between Gianluca Carboni (Team
Rossi) started immediately behind him and, at his side, Riccardo
Azzoli and Michele Spoldi (Crema Diesel).
and Carboni took turns leading the race in the early stages of the
race, while Ferri and De Pasquale quickly moved behind them. In a
whirlwind of position changes, a spectacular but well-mannered
fight between the four characterized the whole race, interrupted
only by the deployment of the safety car following an accident
between Franco Gallina (Team Funk) and Silvia Sellani
Carboni, De Pasquale and Ferri repeatedly overtook each other
until the last corner of the last lap when the reigning Champion
went on to take the second win of the season that now propels him
to the top of the championship standings, with Azzoli second.
de Pasquale takes home the third consecutive bronze medal of this
2019, in front of Gianluca Carboni, fourth. Fifth place for
Pierluigi Capra (Team Venus), who regulates Lorenzo Longo (Team
Novelli 1934) and Michele Spoldi (Team Crema Diesel) all snapped
up in the early stages by the leading group.
Panzavuota (Team Merbag Milan) had to settle for eighth place
after having spun as he fought for fifth place. Tenth place
overall and victory in the National Lady Cup for Alessandra
Torresani (Team Bonera Group).
Junior National Cup went to Gianalberto Coldani, while Franco
Gallina was the leader in the Gentleman ranking.
exciting battle characterized the second race of the weekend:
Lorenzo Longo (Team Novelli 1934) with a spectacular manoeuvre on
the last corner of the last lap got the better of Giuseppe De
Pasquale (Team RSTAR Palermo), at the fourth podium in four races
the start it was Marco Panzavuota (Team Merbag Milan) who took
advantage from pole and took the lead, followed by a group
composed of Michele Spoldi (Team Crema Diesel), Longo, Piergiorgio
Capra (Team Venus), Gianluca Carboni (Team Rossi), De Pasquale and
the refitting Vittorio Ghirelli (Mercedes-Benz Team Rome) and
Alfonso Chiarini (Team Barbuscia). Even Riccardo Azzoli (Team
Gino) was part of the fray, but the driver from Lazio was soon
forced to raise the white flag following a contact in the very
early stages of the race.
the second lap, Longo took command of the operations overtaking
Panzavuota and immediately tried to distance the group, slowed by
the intense battle on the track. After De Pasquale was installed
in second place, he began to erode the advantage of the leader
until the last lap. The final was heart-pounding with the two
drivers, both looking for the first success in the championship.
They overtook each other several times until the last corner, when
Longo tried everything and, following a spectacular manoeuvre
taking the inside line, he flew under the chequered flag.
was an incredible race, full of emotions until the end. The fight
with De Pasquale was beautiful, I risked it and it went well. I am
overjoyed about this success. I want to dedicate this victory to
my newborn son Giacomo and thank Novelli 1934, the Genoa dealer
who allowed me to be here today, and my father, without whose
constant help all this would not have been possible."
commented Longo on the podium.
de Pasquale had to settle for fthe ourth podium finish in four
races this year, a consistency of results that propels him to the
head of the championship, four points ahead of Fulvio Ferri (Team
Merfina) who today, was only ninth after serving a penalty.
Ghirelli completed an extraordinary comeback from the eleventh
place on the grid to finish third. Alfonso Chiarini finished in
fourth place ahead of Spoldi at the finish line. Antonio Tarasca
(Team Rossi) in the second race of his career, brought home a
convincing sixth place, a testimony to the rapid growth of
the driver from the Marche.
Torresani (Team Bonera) won the victory in the National Lady Cup
thanks to an excellent seventh place overall, ahead of her rival
Silvia Sellani (Mercedes-Benz Rome), eighth at the finish line.
The defending champion Fulvio Ferri crossed the finish line in
fifth place, but was then relegated to the ninth place following a
Longo, brother of the winner Lorenzo, gave the Paradiso Group Team
the victory in the National Junior Cup with a convincing tenth
position under the chequered flag.
championship leader, Gianluca Carboni (Team Ferri) finished the
race in third place, but was relegated to eleventh position due to
an infringement at the start..
Gallina took home the victory in the National Gentleman Cup thanks
to a twelfth final position.
whole show of the smart EQ fortwo e-cup is back on track on July
6th and 7th on the Adria Rovigo track for two more thrilling races
full of emotions.