26 OCT 2012
STEFANELLI-SIMPSON AND SPEAKERWAS-BONACINI ON TOP AT MONZA The final round of the Ginetta G50 Cup Italia was an emotional one as the 2012 season drew to a close in Monza last weekend; with Matteo Cressoni crowned the inaugural winner of the championship, organized by Nova Race.

Drawing to a close on the high-0speed track near Milan, the driver from Mantova put his Ginetta G50 streets ahead of the group in the first qualifying session with an astonishing 1'59''266 lap - half a second better than Manuel Lasagni (Nova Race) and Antonio Pellitteri (Rangoni Motorsport).

However, in Race one, the true dominator was the pairing of Stefano Stefanelli and Michael Simpson, racing for Mich Sport, who brought home the team’s first victory, in front of Michele Merendino and Antonio Pellitteri.

The third place was taken by Matteo Cressoni and his team-mate Tiziano Frazza, whilst very bad luck for other championship protagonists saw Checco Malavasi forced to withdraw after eight laps whilst Speakerwas-Bonacini and Foglio-Zanini were stopped by technical failures.

Alberto Viberti was excellent in his debut drive, sharing the seat with Giampiero Cristoni; they were able to finish fourth, and took fastest lap in the process, with a 2'00''569. Equally, Alan Simoni and Nicolò Mercatali had a brilliant performance, finishing in fifth position.

The second race was equally as exciting as the first thanks, in part, to the reverse grid: The start was characterized by the absence of Michele Merendino who stopped during the formation lap, and the retirement of Stefanelli.

In spite of this, things heated up in the fight between Bonacini, Viberti and Malavasi, while Gianni Giudici – who started from pole - had begun losing positions. Zanini spun before handing over driving duties to Foglio, who slammed the white G50 at the Roggia chicane.

Speakerwas, taking the lead, had been able to extract a considerable gap between him and his rivals, enough to avoid the recovery of Cressoni (second), who posted the fastest lap. An impressive third position for Cristoni-Viberti saw him finish before Malavasi and Mercatali-Simoni.

Elisa Maioli (Nova Race) said: "Here in Monza we concluded our first Ginetta G50 Cup season. We saw many strong drivers during the year and furthermore a rich grid which make us count on the future.

“Massive congratulations to Matteo Cressoni, Stefano Stefanelli, Michele Merendino and Antonio Pellitteri, but we would like to congratulate also with all the drivers, who fought sportingly. Thanks to them and to the teams who believed in this series and in Ginetta. Nova Race is already at work for the 2013 championship and we will unveil important news soon!" 

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