Sunday, April 7, 2013

Superstars: Good points scored for Audi Sport Italia at Monza

By Johan Laubscher

The second Superstars race at Monza had a similar result as the first. The Mercedes-Benz teams continued to dominate at the front, with the rest of the field following in their wake.

Monza has always been a track which favoured very powerful and high speed cars. For the Audi Sport Italia RS 5 cars Monza is a track which provides a challenge. The RS 5 cars with quattro are very fast through the corners and under braking, however they are at a disadvantage when it comes to outright top speed, in comparison to the opposition.

The Mercedes-Benz cars were expected to run away at the front, however Audi Sport Italia performed well this weekend. The team’s number one driver, Gianni Morbidelli, was able to finish fourth in race one. Starting from fifth on the reverse grid, Morbidelli was again able to perform well and achieved another fourth place finish. A good consolidating points score at a track like Monza. His teammate, Ferdinando Geri, unfortunately retired from race two.

The Audi RS 5 cars are expected to be back in their element at the next round of the championship, held at Brno in mid May. As Gianni Morbidelli (@MorbidelliG) said on twitter: “Mercedes' drivers sweeped podium places at Monza but I can't wait to fire up my engine at Brno nxt mth. You'll listen a different tune there”. 

Photo credit: Audi Sport Italia