Sunday, September 1, 2013

Superstars: Gianni Morbidelli Audi RS 5 quattro fourth in Donington Park race 1

By Tarek Ramchani

It was a very eventful Superstars Series race 1 at Donington Park today. Gianni Morbidelli finished fourth with his Audi RS 5 quattro, but it could have been a lot better.

The 25 minutes sprint race saw titanic battles on track between the three German brands, Audi, BMW and AMG Mercedes-Benz. Gianni Morbidelli started from fourth place with his RS 5 quattro. The three-time Superstars Series champion battled hard all race long and was even able to catch third place. In the closing stages of the race, whilst putting great pressure on Thomas Biagi for second place, bad luck hit the Audi. Oil on track from a retired Lexus and Gianni Morbidelli had a spin. Down to fifth place, but he was able to recover and catch the leading group again. With some minutes left he passed Liuzi for fourth place after a great move. In the last lap he gave everything to do the same with Thomas Biagi, but the AMG Mercedes driver closed the door.

Race victory went to Luigi Ferrara with his AMG Mercedes-Benz C63. Second was Giovanni Berton with his BMW M3 and third Thomas Biagi with the works AMG Mercedes-Benz C63.

A fine fourth in the end, given how strongly penalized the Audi Sport Italia run RS 5 quattro is at the moment. Race 2 will take place later today, with live TV coverage on Motors TV.

Photo credit: Superstars Series