A gripping weekend in China
So, the Maserati Trofeo leaves China behind and turns its gaze to Abu Dhabi and the final act of the season. On the eve of the Shanghai meet, Renaud Kuppens hoped to secure the points he needed to repeat last year's triumph celebrated in the city that symbolises China's economic growth. Instead, the reigning champion leaves with his overall advantage cut by 8 points but the 52 point lead he has over Mac should be enough, even with three races left to run.
This weekend Mac has shown that he is not about to give up. A little extra would have seen Mac top the podium but he is still satisfied with his weekend, one on which three different drivers came out on top. In Race 1, Cedric Sbirrazzuoli edged it in a tight affair with four drivers finishing within 1.5 seconds of each other. Race 2 saw Alan Simoni claim his first win while Ange Barde made it two endurance races out of two by repeating his win at Sonoma.
Pit & Paddock
Press Conference 3
Ange Barde: "I am pleased to have finished this race and I did it in the best possible way by making the top of the podium. On the other two occasions, be it down to bad luck or clashing with other drivers, I was forced to retire. The win is even more special and came in front of lots of friends who came here to support me".
Race 2 press conference
Alan Simoni (1° Overall): “The overall leaders were all packed together at the start. The only one missing was Barde and I don’t know what happened to him as I left him behind (he retired with a puncture, ed). It was an exceptional race; absolutely fantastic. I chased Mac and Kuppens early on and really felt it was going to be my day.
Race 1 press conference
Cedric Sbirrazzuoli (1° Overall): “I realized that I was gaining on Ragazzi over the closing laps. I was in his slipstream for a while and moved out towards the end of the race, hoping he would make a mistake as his tyres were really worn.
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