Cecchellero’s escape to victoryAndrea Cecchellero’s majestic drive saw him seal Race 1 in the third round of the Maserati Trofeo. The race was exciting right up until the very end and saw the young Italian and Mauro Calamia both shine.
Andrea Cecchellero started on pole and maintained an early lead even with Renaud Kuppens breathing down his neck. Once into his rhythm, he drove consistently and steered his car to a comfortable win. His efforts were made easier with Kuppens not taking any risks, a strategy that failed to pay off when the Belgian, currently leading the standings, was forced out on the last lap after losing his left rear tyre.
Mikkel Mac could not make the most of his rival’s bad luck and he eventually came home fourth after a below-par performance. The Dane was unable to stick to the front runners but is now just 25 points off Kuppens in the overall classification.
For most onlookers, the star of the show was Mauro Calamia. The Swiss Team driver lined up in ninth spot but then mounted an amazing comeback packed with overtaking moves that saw him finish second after Kuppens dropped out. This was another convincing performance from Calamia and the way he swept past Ragazzi on the final lap typified his display. Ragazzi, who crossed the line third, also put on a decent show with a series of superb lap times. He outwitted Sbirrazzuoli in the opening stages to set up a podium finish.
Sbirrazzuoli ended the race in sixth, a result that disappointed the Monaco-based driver. He had high expectations for the race but could not live with the pace of the leading drivers. The 2011 Team champion will be trying to make up for things in the endurance race where he will share the drive with Pierre Marie De Leener and, in the meantime, can console himself with the knowledge that he beat Venier and Cesari (both from Swiss Team), Patrick Gobbo and Mathjis Bakker.
Ange Barde was another driver who deserves a mention. He was on the attack from start to finish, as Sbirrazzuoli found out, but was also able to defend his position from Calamia.
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