The fourth round of the Ginetta G50 Cup Italia put on a great show at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, as the humble British sports cars took to the track alongside the Italian GT Championship protagonists, with 30 cars on the grid.
Free practice allowed many of the drivers to get to grips with this – a new track to them - and Matteo Cressoni was able to go on and set the fastest time in qualifying ahead Enrico Garbelli and the Rangoni Motorsport duo of Michele Merendino and Antonio Pellitteri.
Race one took place on Saturday event and saw Pellitteri take the lead from the start, leading a pack full of Ginetta G50’s around the still somewhat unfamiliar circuit. Behind the young Sicilian, Garbelli tried to push his Ginetta forwards, and was followed by Stefano Pozzi, Paolo Coppi and Checco Malavasi.
Over the next few laps, Garbelli was able to overtake Pellitteri whilst Malavasi did the same with Pozzi, but that was the only action we were treated to before the pit stop window opened up. After the half distance, Merendino lead from Cressoni, Frazza and Malavasi whilst Lorenzini spun in the first turn with a Mihc Sport’s Ginetta. One lap later, and the same problem arose for Malavasi who ended up in a spin Coppi overtook Merendino to claim the lead.
The chequered flag saw Coppi-Cressoni as winners just ahead of Merendino-Pellitteri and Frazza-Garbelli; whilst Malavasi, Argonauta-Speakerwas, Stefanelli-Lorenzini, Pozzi-Emiliani, Magnoni and Rayneri all finished off the podium.
After a thunderstorm throughout the night, the Ginetta G50 Cup Italia returned to the track on Sunday morning for the second race of the weekend. With the reverse grid based on the finishing positions of the top six from the previous day’s action, it was Lorenzini who was in pole position.
Behind him lined up Speakerwas, Malavasi, Frazza, Cressoni and Merendino, and an impressive start for Speakerwas saw him claim the lead ahead of Malavasi and Coppi, with all drivers - for the second time - forced to slow down for a huge crash in the first corner between Porsche and BMW GT3s.
After few kilometres, Speakerwas had contact with Monti’s Porsche and he lost the lead in favour of Coppi, there were a few changes before the pit-stop window opened, but nothing major until towards the end, when Coppi and Malavasi had a problem and they spun: the Nova Race driver lost the lead in favour of Pellitteri while Malavasi was forced to abandon the race.
The podium saw Merendino-Pellitteri as the race winner, ahead of Coppi-Cressoni and Garbelli Frazza; fourth was Stefanelli-Lorenzini followed by Magnoni and Rayneri.
Following the weekend, Matteo Cressoni leads the championship with 239 points; second is Stefano Stefanelli (191) ahead of Michele Merendino and Antonio Pellitteri (187), Emiliani (185) and Malavasi (176). The next outing of the Ginetta G50 Cup Italia, promoted by Nova Race is scheduled at Mugello for 21-23 September.