Janos Vida followed
by Nicolò Piancastelli
||Budapest, Hungary, 5th June 2011
Norbert Kiss dominates at Budapest
Kiss is competing in the Team classification and has been head and shoulders above the others this weekend.
In Race 1 he beat off Cedric Sbirrazzuoli from AF Corse and Janos Vida, his fellow Hungarian from Auto 2 magazine, racing as a guest. The Team podium was rounded off by Emanuele Smurra, Swiss Team (11th overall). Over in the Trofeo, Vida edged out Nicolò Piancastelli and Sabino De Castro, in the Radio Monte Carlo car. As the two journalists will not be picking up podium points, these go to Piancastelli (the category winner), David Baldi and Gaetano Ardagna.
In the second race, Kiss cruised away after a series of quick laps. Behind him Phil Bastiaans (competing in the Team series) made up for the morning race when he had to pull out with a puncture. Third across the line was Romagna-based driver Piancastelli who collected another category victory and moves into second spot overall. In doing so he made up precious points on leader David Baldi, fifth across the line behind Venezuelan Ardagna.
Both races were run on a dry surface despite the heavy rain that came down and delayed Race 2. Fortunately, the fifty five thousand strong crowd who had turned out at the Hungaroring were not put off and stayed to support the home drivers Kiss, Vida, Bela Csziser and Anita Toth.
Andrina Gugger came out on top in the duel between the three women drivers. She beat Alessandra Neri and Toth in both events.
Norbert Kiss (Team, Norbert Kiss): “I know this track really well and this was a real advantage over the other drivers, some of whom had never competed here. It was an exceptional weekend. I managed to lap quickly and consistently and this allowed me to create a lead and cross the line alone”.
Nicolò Piancastelli: “I could not have wished to celebrate my birthday in a better way: two pole positions and two category wins. The only thing missing was the fastest lap time but this was because the local drivers showed us all how this circuit should be driven. Still, the important thing was the win and I achieved this. They were two tough races where I had to battle it out with Sabino De Castro and then Ardagna in the afternoon. It was difficult but I held out. I would like to thank Maserati for helping me so much, as well as my family and manager. They follow me everywhere and I was finally able to deliver a good performance in such an important championship”.
Race 1 - Trofeo
1. David Baldi 41:54.294
2. Gaetano Ardagna 40:58.145
3. Andrina Gugger 40:59.190
Race 1 - Team
1. Cedric Sbirrazuoli (AF Corse) 40:51.805
2. Olvier Doeblin (Scuderia Jolly Club) 41:26.757
3. Marcel Pawlicek (Marcel Pawlicek) 41:37.183
Race 2 - Trofeo
1. Stefano Gai 40:07.698
2. Gaetano Ardagna 40:09.582
3. David Baldi 40:15.181
Race 2 - Team
1. Olivier Doeblin (Scuderia Jolly Club) 40:57.936
2. Alessandro Chionna (AF Corse) 41:41.577
3. Marcel Pawlicek (Marcel Pawlicek) 41:09.127
1. Davi Baldi – 54 p
. 2. Stefano Gai – 37 p.
3. Gaetano Ardagna – 30 p.
1. Sbirrazzuoli/Chionna (AF Corse) - 50 p.
2. Olivier Doeblin (Scuderia Jolly Club) – 48 p.
3. Lorenzo Casè (Swiss Team) – 26 p.
The fourth round in the Trofeo will be held at Spa, Belgium, on 26 June and will see the drivers going at it yet again. Driver interviews, photographs, videos and in-depth reports from the Maserati single-make series are available on the Maserati Corse website at (www.maseraticorse.com).
Text courtesy of Maserati Press Center