ITALIAN GRAN TURISMO CHAMPIONSHIP
RACE CALENDAR   2017
30/04/2017
IMOLA
04/06/2017
MISANO
18/06/2017
MONZA
16/07/2017
MUGELLO
10/09/2017
IMOLA
24/09/2017
VALLELUNGA
08/10/2017
MUGELLO
11/06/2016
MISANO, CERQUI-COMANDINI (SUPER GT3) AND KRENZIA-COSTA (SUPER GT CUP) WIN RACE-1
The other victories went to Postiglione-Gagliardini (GT3), Benvenuti-Demarchi (GT Cup) and Bianco-De Castro (Coppa Cayman).
Cerqui-Comandini (BMW M6 GT3) Krenzia-Costa (Lamborghini Huracan) claimed the two victories in the third round of the Italian GT Championship at the Misano World Circuit.

In Super GT3, after the disqualification due to technical irregularity of Lamborghini Huracan of Bortolotti-Mul, second at the flag, Cerqui-Comandini (BMW M6 GT3) took the victory proceeding the Aston Martin Vantage of Sini-Mugelli (Solaris Motorsport) and the Audi R8 LMS of Mapelli-Albuquerque (Audi Sport Italia), while in Super GT Cup Krenzia-Costa (Lamborghini Huracan-Vincenzo Sospiri Racing) led Mantovani-Alessandri (Antonelli Motorsport) and Zaugg-D'Amico (Raton Racing). The GT3 classification was led by Postiglione-Gagliardini (Lamborghini Gallardo-Imperiale Racing), as team mates Benvenuti-Demarchi got on top of the GT Cup podium, while Bianco-De Castro (Dinamic Motorsport) claimed the win in the Cayman Cup.

The final two races scheduled will take place on Sunday with live coverage on AutomotoTV (SGT Cup and GT Cup) at local 14,05 and on Raisport 1(SGT3 and GT3) at 15,15.


SUPER GT3: It has been an eventful race that awarded Cerqui-Comandini with the first win of the season. They clinched it towards the end of the race, when on top Venturi-Gai were stopped by a puncture awarding BMW Team Italia's drivers with the first podium. A well deserved victory for them, after a very good pole position and a very competitive first stint by Cerqui, that handed the car to Comandini in fourth position. After drivers change, Comandini was behind Venturi, who took over from Gai, as the latter had put in a stunning stint always among the front runners. The twists arrived with 3 laps still to go when Venturi had a problem to the rear right tyre coming off the rim of his Ferrari 488, which stopped the victory dream of the Black Bull Racing lineup. Comandini inherited the lead winning by fending off Mul's charge, who took over from Bortolotti that has nearly always been leading the first stint. They closed their effort seven tenths shy of the lead.
Imperiale Racing's lineup were eventually disqualified due to a technical irregularity to the stabilizer bar and the the second place was therefore given to Sini-Mugelli on the Aston Martin Vantage. Solaris Motorsport's drivers got in the podium zone in the second part of the race, thanks to a great stint by Sini who climbed all the way from P10.
The third step of the podium went to Mapelli-Albuquerque, despite the 25s handicap due to the great result in Imola. After a first stint run by the driver from Seregno, the Portuguese driver managed to recover a lot of positions closing ahead of the Nissan GT R of Bontempelli-Linossi. The Drive Technology Italia's lineup secured their best result of the season proceeding Venturini-Pezzucchi, that were penalized by an excursion on the gravel of the driver from Brescia in the second half of the race. Frassineti-Gattuso and Geri-Mancinelli were still unlucky and stopped by a puncture, as Agostini-Di Folco, that had to retire due to the failure of a tyre valve.

GT3: Postiglione-Gagliardini's win has never been questioned after a first stint by the driver from Potenza who set the pole position and a great second stint by the driver from Rome. At the flag, Imperiale Racing's drivers proceeded Leo-Cheever, that had put in a good performance after the bad luck of the initial stage. Leo recovered two places in the first stint taking Russo and Luca Pastorelli, while Cheever had to fend off Nicola Pastorelli and Zonzini in his stint. The driver from St. Marin and co-equiper Russo, were third on the podium proceeding Pastorelli brothers, Galassi-Tempesta, Venerosi-Baccani and Monfardini-Valori, as the latter started from the pit lane and were stopped by a suspension failure with 7 laps to go.

SUPER GT CUP: Krenzia-Costa did also have an easy ride to the win in the class of the Lamborghini Huracans. After a very quick stint by Costa, Krenzia managed in the second half of the race, despite a comeback of Zaugg allowed him to get the lead, but the South-African was penalized for a contact of his team mate D'Amico. Raton Racing's lineup was therefore third leading Desideri-Takashi, Comi-Tanca, also demoted by one place, Magli-Necchi and Galbiati-Sartori. Baruch-Liang had to retire due to an excursion of the Israeli.

GT CUP: The third win of the season strengthened the classification lead of Benvenuti-Demarchi. Imperiale Racing's lineup managed very well a tough race. Benvenuti managed to stay close to Maino e Zanardini in the first stint, while Demarchi took the lead in the second stint after Benucci's retirement due to a water pump problem, leading Zanardini-Sauto at the flag, as the latter clinched a great second place despite the 20s handicap at the drivers change. The triumph of the Duell Race lineup was completed by the third step of the podium secured by Romani-Deodati, at their best result of the season, while Carlo and Lino Curti had to retire due to a radiator leak.

CAYMAN CUP: After the two wins of Riccardo Pera in the opener of Imola, Misano's race-1 was won by Bianco-De Castro (Krypton Motorsport) that proceeded Iannotta-Piccioli (Ebimotors) and Cecotto-Mercatali (Dinamic Motorsport).

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