Having set the best times in yesterday's free practice and in taking the pole position he claimed in the wet this morning, the sun came out for the Swiss driver's Race 1 win. Chasing him all the way was Riccardo Ragazzi, who started from second but grabbed an early lead thanks to a fine start. Calamia retook top spot on lap 3, profiting when the Italian's concentration slipped. Thanks to this win, Calamia has closed in even more on the season's first award, the Trofeo Europa. His closest challenger, Gabriele Gardel, also from Swiss Team, was forced to pull out three laps from the end with a damaged semi-axle when sitting in third. Filling the final podium spot was Andrea Cecchellero after climbing from an initial seventh. Fourth came Alberto Cola as he held offGiorgio Sernagiotto, making a return to a Maserati after competing in the 2012 season. Another driver in sparkling form was Alan Simoni: he started in twenty-third and, after a series of overtaking moves, closed out in seventh. The Italian was so far down the grid as a broken transmission ruled him out of the morning's qualifying session, forcing him to mount a comeback. Singer Max Gazzè, a newcomer to GranTurismo MC Trofeo racing, crossed the line in sixteenth.
Race 2 will be run tomorrow, Sunday 20 July, from 9.55 to 10.25, and Race 3 from 15.00 to 16.00 (local time). Events tomorrow will determine the destiny of the Trofeo Europa.
Mauro Calamia: I am pleased at the win, one that came at my favourite circuit. I steered clear of trouble at the start as my aim was to build up as many championship points as possible and Ragazzi did well to take first place. I realised after a few laps that the car was in excellent shape and that I was quicker than him so I edged past in a curve. I then focused on increasing my lead and closing out the race".
1 Mauro Calamia (Swiss Team) 3107.346
2 Riccardo Ragazzi 3115.652
3 Andrea Cecchellero/Mathijs Bakker 3119.126