On the 28th and 29th September at the “Riccardo Paletti” circuit of Varano Melegari, the fifth and penultimate race of the Alfa Revival Cup 2019 was held. At this prestigious event, the “2nd Alfa Romeo Festival” organized by the Registro Italiano Alfa Romeo in a paddock completely dedicated to the Alfa Romeo cars, our competition saw 34 cars that from the very beginning started to test the circuit’s peculiarities during the free practices sessions programmed on Saturday afternoon. Late Sunday morning on the other hand, the qualification sessions carried out, and the GTAM group 5
driven by car preparer Monguzzi gained the pole position. Second, by just three-tenths of a second, was the young pilot Bertinelli in a GTAM vehicle, and third the Savonese pilot Arnaldi on board of a GTAM Group 5. The Swiss driver Peter Bachofen, in a GTAM for the first time in the series, after the qualifications was constricted to withdraw due to
gearbox problems. Other debutantes in the series were Cavagna, Pascolini and Michelini respectively in a GTV 2000 Group 1, a Giulia GT Veloce and a Giulietta Ti. As expected, the race was predicted to be very close and at 14:10 on Sunday, our pilots lined up at the starting grid to tackle a 60-minute race. The unexpected absence of poleman Monguzzi gave the way of the first row to Bertinelli and Arnaldi followed by the young Marco Guerra and Mathias Korber both with a GTAM. After the usual formation lap, the green lights started the race that immediately became very exciting with the overtaking of Arnaldi over Bertinelli, followed by Marco Guerra. The first lap was not even concluded when the young Nicolas Ondrak was forced to withdraw with a gearbox failure as Francesco Liberatore who finished the race after just four laps. Some engine problems also affected the GTA 1600 of Albert Weinzierl that was forced to stop on the 7th lap. In the meantime, the race continued with Arnaldi on front followed by the two young drivers Bertinelli and Marco Guerra. After the first twenty minutes of the race, the pit window opened for the compulsory stop and/or driver change. All pilots performed the procedure correctly but shortly before returning to the pit-lane, Giovanni Serio's GTA Group 4 was forced to pull out due to an engine problem just like the GTV 2000 Group 1 of the debutant Gian Paolo Cavagna who stopped with differential problems. A few laps after the closing of the pit window, oil presence on the track was reported to the Race Director in the “Horseshoe” corner, and to avoid track exits the stripped flag was waved to allow pilots to drive safely. Once the track safety was restored, Bertinelli started his attack on Arnaldi overtaking him and performing the fastest lap of the race. The leadership of the young Milanese pilot did not last for long and Arnaldi overtook Bertinelli and put him once again in the lead. At that point, Mathias Korber managed to grab the third position overtaking Marco Guerra that passed into fourth position followed by a definitive stop for technical problems. The race positioning at the front was clear and at the immediate rear the performance from the Zamuner-Restelli crew on board of a Giulia Sprint GTA 1600 Group 4 were truly remarkable, as with that of Jurgen Ludwing in a GTA 1600. The fight for the first positions in the Index of Performance classification continued for
the whole race duration between the Morteo brothers and the Milla-Chersevani team with a glance at the Raimond pair who were also authors of a great race. The Guerra-Mischis pair were as fierceful as ever on the Varano track, strong with their temporary advantage in the overall Alfa Revival Cup 2019 classification. After 60 mins of the race, the chequered flag waved with Roberto Arnaldi in first position followed closely by his tenacious pursuer Bertinelli and Mathias Korber. The Morteo brothers followed by the Milla/Giovannini and Renzo/Raffaele Raimondi crews won the Index of Performance classification. Other important achievements were those of Luigi and Nicolò Mercatali first in the GTV 2000 Group 1 class, followed by Bensi and Gimignani. Amongst the cars in the F-TC1600 class, first was the German Jurgen Ludwig in his GTA 1600, second the team consisting of Massimo Guerra and Franco Mischis in another GTA 1600 and third the legend Arturo Merzario in the Giulia Ti. In the class for the GTAMs, first position for Bertinelli followed by Mathias Korber and third the German Michael Vos. A very good performance also for the young Fabian Korber in the splendid SZ2 1600 and that of Christian Ondrak in the GTA Junior 1300. After the fifth race of the series, the Alfa Revival Cup 2019 overall ranking has a new lead: the Morteo brothers with their 82 points are now leading by just one point over Massimo Guerra and Franco Mischis, and in third position, with 77 points, the German Jurgen Ludwing. However, with a double score to be assigned at the last race in Imola on October 13th, the classification is still widely open and to know who the winners of the Alfa Revival 2019 Cup will be we will have to wait until the very last minute of the race.