Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dindo Capello and Audi Sport Italia heading to Imola


By Tarek Ramchani

Imola will host the fifth round of the Italian GT Championship this weekend. Audi Sport Italia will be present at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit with their pair of Audi R8 LMS ultra cars.

Last time out in Austria, Audi Sport Italia had a great weekend at the Red Bull Ring. A fine second in Race 1 with Davide Di Benedetto and Alex Frassineti in the #32 Audi R8 LMS ultra. It was even better in Race 2 with a maiden last lap win for Dindo Capello and Andrea Sonvico who share the #31 car. This was enough to give Sonvico the championship point lead. Capello had already missed the two opening rounds as he was being busy with the official Audi team at Le Mans, thus he will only support his team mate in the chase for the title. In second overall is their team mates, Davide Di Benedetto and Alex Frassineti.

The Italian GT field is not very big, yet the races are very close with great quality competitors. The factory supported BMW Z4 GT3s from ROAL Motorsport have been the biggest threat since the start of the season. However, now both the Porsche and Ferrari teams are progressing and fighting for race wins. The Audi drivers will have to look at a new rival as well, a new McLaren MP4-12C is about to make its debut in the Italian series.

Both qualifying sessions and Race 1 are set for Saturday, with Race 2 on Sunday. Fingers crossed for the whole Audi Sport Italia team.

Photo credit: Italian GT Championship / ACI

More information:
Audi Sport Italia official Facebook
Italian GT Championship official website

Dindo Capello and Andrea Sonvico after the Red Bull Ring race 2 win