Victory on Saturday, P4 on Sunday, seal Riccardo Agostini, Daniel Mancinelli Misano Adriatico meeting boosting their title bid

Victory on Saturday, P4 on Sunday, seal Riccardo Agostini, Daniel Mancinelli Misano Adriatico meeting boosting their title bid

03.08.2020: After the win of the previous day, today Audi Sport Italia's R8 LMS continued to show a healthy pace at the Riviera track, posting the best available result in a round hindered by heavy success time handicap and keeping the GT Sprint Series' lead

After the win of the previous day, today Audi Sport Italia's R8 LMS continued to show a healthy pace at the Riviera track, posting the best available result in a round hindered by heavy success time handicap and keeping the GT Sprint Series' lead




A fortnight after their maiden Audi win in the Italian GT Endurance Championship alongside Mattia Drudi, Riccardo Agostini and Daniel Mancinelli kept their winning streak alive on Saturday in the Italian GT Sprint Championship opener. Homeboy Mancinelli started from the second row and over the first ten laps he kept pace with Loris Spinelli, Davide Roda's Mercedes AMG and Daniele Di Amato, Alessandro Vezzoni's Ferrari 488.



 For Mancinelli things got complicated when the backmarkers got in the way, with the gap from rivals suddenly rising around 4-second. When on lap 16 Mancinelli headed towards the pit lane to give up the wheel to the reigning champion Agostini, the gap from the leading car was 4.146s.



The moment for pitting was right, though, as the Padua, Italy-based driver on lap 20 was already runnerup behind the Ferrari of Vezzoni, while the Mercedes AMG which had led the race also posting the fastest lap eliminated itself after a spin by Roda that took the safety car on track for a lap.



Race control intervention probably made Agostini's dash for the lead easier, but Vezzoni did everything to keep the Audi behind him and gave up only on 26th lap when the reigning GT Sprint co-champ passed his rival at the Variante del Parco Agostini. As it happened in Tuscany Agostini and Mancinelli bested the fastest BMW M6 GT3 and the best Lamborghini Huracan.



On Sunday the Audi Sport Italia pair added a fourth place that translated in a grip on first position in the provisional standings, albeit only two points ahead of Sunday winners Giovanni Venturini, Kikko Galbiati and their Lamborghini Huracan.


Taking the start today was up to Agostini, who moved up one spot from his starting position at the traffic lights and followed the Ferrari 488 of former teammate Alessio Rovera and Matteo Cressoni, leading until the mandatory pit stop. As Agostini pitted he had a 2.339s gap from the best car of the Prancing Horse.



As Mancinelli took over, however, the Marche-based driver had to wait 15 additional seconds as a "prize" for the victory of the previous day and resumed the race in seventh position. However, a rival car ended up off the track in a run off area and the safety car had to intervene for about six minutes bunching up the field.


Lamborghinis then moved into the top, while Audi Sport Italia driver rolled the dice with Stefano Comandini and Marius Zug's BMW (as it had happened on Saturday). While the podium dogfight ended only under the checkered flag, Mancinelli showed an excellent pace, but as he approached Davide Roda's Ferrari he avoided attacking it, on the one hand in order not to risk contacts but mainly because with the points of the fourth place the championship leadership would still have been preserved and on top of that in the next round of the GT Sprint at Mugello the R8 LMS at the pit stop will avoid at least in the first of the two races to serve time handicaps.


      

 
 
RACE ONE



   
1. AGOSTINI/MANCINELLI (AUDI) 32 laps 52'32.439 avg. speed 154.431kph
2. Comandini/Zug (BMW) +2.188s
3. Nemoto/Tujula (Lamborg.) +3.361s
4. G. Roda/Rovera (Ferrari) +5.910s
5. Kroes/Pulcini (Lamborghini) +6.510s
6. Galbiati/Venturini (Lamborg.)+7.150s
7. Mann/Cressoni (Ferrari) +8.070s
8. Michelotto/Hudspeth (Ferrari) +8.821s
9. Cazzaniga/Marcucci(Lambor.)+12.547
10. Di Amato/Vezzoni (Ferrari) +15.431s


 
RACE TWO


1. Galbiati/Venturini (Lamborghini) 31 laps 52'31.303s avg.speed 149.659 kph
2. Zampieri/Ferrari (Lamborgh.) +0.498s
3. D. Roda/Rovera (Ferrari) +1.217s
4. AGOSTINI/MANCINELLI (AUDI) +2.339s
5. Comandini/Zug(BMW) +2.546s
6. Michelotto/Hudspeth (Ferrari)+3.958s
7. Di Amato/Vezzoni (Ferrari) +4"917s
8. Mann/Cressoni (Ferrari) +11.041s
9. Cassarà/De Giacomi (Porsche) +33.479s
10. Baccani/Venerosi P. (Porsche)+51.713s

   
 

     

 

Carlo Marzetti - photos Audi Sport Italia
 
 

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