Saturday, July 20, 2013

Superstars: Front row for Gianni Morbidelli's Audi RS 5 quattro in Portimao qualifying

By Tarek Ramchani

Audi Sport Italia is very busy this weekend. In addition to the Italian GT Championship round at Imola where the team scored a fantastic pole position, the official Audi Italia dealer team is also racing in the Superstars Series at Portimao.

The team being split between two locations, with a single Audi RS 5 quattro having been entered for the Portuguese round. The #45 Audi of Gianni Morbidelli, who is currently second in the driver's standing after double victories at Zolder last time out. The three-time Superstars Series champion performed very well today in the qualifying session with a fine second on the grid. Not bad from the Italian touring car ace as the Audi RS 5 quattro is carrying an extra 60 kilograms and a smaller air restrictor.

Gianni Morbidelli will have to fight with three fast Mercedes-Benz cars in the two races tomorrow. Pole position went to Luigi Ferrari with a Mercedes-Benz AMG C63. In third and fourth were the factory supported Mercedes Romeo Ferraris cars of Vitantonio Liuzzi and Thomas Biagi. Both Liuzzi and Biagi are the direct rivals for Morbidelli in the hunt for the championship title.

In addition to the official Audi Sport Italia entry, two Audi RS 4 quattro (B7) cars are also entered for the Portimao round. The cars are from Adria Raceway with drivers Jonathan Giacon and Alessandro Battaglin. They qualified  in tenth and fourteenth respectively.

Photo credit: Superstars Series