Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EuroV8 Series: Audi Sport Italia head to Czech Republic with strengthened line-up

Audi Sport Italia Press Release

  • Tomas Kostka to aim for series lead in home race, Ermanno Dionisio for podium
  • Brno meeting to host much-anticipated Emanuele Zonzini's EuroV8 Series debut
Nibbiola, Italy – The second half of 2014 EuroV8 Series 2014 kicks off at scenic Brno circuit, and Audi Sport Italia is ready to make the headlines adding to strong line-up a youthful, but already familiar to Audi fans: Emanuele Zonzini. The San Marino-born driver has made a sensational debut with the Emilio Radaelli-led team when, paired with Audi legend Dindo Capello, won his first race sitting in a four ring race car in the Italian GT opener at Misano Adriatico. His GT3 appearences in a R8 apparently haven't satiated his appetite for racing and the GP3 graduate has set his sight on touring cars, as well. He's to take part to the remaining races staged by the maurizio Flammini-run series driving the V8 RS 5 No. 2 where so far Davide Stancheris was sitting. For Zonzini the overall title is obviously un unattainable goal. Race wins, as well as the rookie crown are, tho.

However, Brno first and foremost will be "the race" for Tomas Kostka, who'll strive to live the same feel that BMW's Niccolo Mercatali enjoyed in Mugello race two: celebrating in front of the home crowd. It should not be overlooked that in achieving this goal Kostka would also be well positioned in his quest to displace Mercedes' Nicola Baldan from the series' provisional lead. He can count on some reassuring news, as the Zlin-born driver will be driving an Audi fifty kilos lighter than during the ill-fated Mugello journey, while the Mercedes AMG coupe of his main rival will be beefed up as an outocome of utter success in Tuscany. In short: two races not to missed beckon, and Kostka has prepared them with a succesful shake-down on Tuesday at Tazio Nuvolari circuit, near Voghera, Italy. Zonzini also had there his first taste of what a 4WD race car is. Within Audi Sport Italia the man who less lacks mileage in the RS 5, to date, is instead Ermanno Dionisio. The former rally driver from Brixia, Italy is the Audi Sport driver who has put in more laps both in the V8 series and in the mighty RS 5. In Czech Republic he'll aim for a podium spot, something that he managed to achieve in Rome, but ultimately escaped him at Mugello, after a brilliant start of race two.

Photo credit: EuroV8 Series