Alfa Revival Cup 2018 - Misano World Circuit - October 20-21
The Misano World Circuit has hosted the sixth and final round of the seventh Alfa Revival Cup season. On Friday three free practice sessions allowed the twenty-nine Alfa Romeo that have reached the circuit to test the track, not new to the series, and try the latest changes made to their cars. A third unlucky session for the Austrian duo father-son Winkler forced them to retire due to the breakdown of their GTAM engine. At 10.05 am on Saturday morning, the cars were ready to enjoy the track for the qualifying session. Thirty minutes so intense, that seemed to presage a heart-beating race. The pole position went to the Savonese Arnaldi, with only two tenths of gap on Guerra-Crescenti with the GTAM of the Scuderia AB Motorsport, managed by Team Carrera. Second row for Bertinelli who, after the Monza race, seemed to be back on track more competitive than ever and next to him the German Körber. Third row for the duo father-son Lelli and Zamuner-Restelli, able to impose themselves despite the break of the third gear, then replaced on time for the race. Fourth row for Luccioni, for the first time on track with his GTV 2000 Group 5 in a new conformation, next to him the German Ficht in a GTAM. Tenth place for the first "less competitive" car, the Giulia Sprint GTA 1600 of the Swiss Erlich, who started from the fifth row next to the other duo father-son De Beaumont, with their GTV 2000 Gr. 5. Just behind them the Giulia Sprint GTA Group 4 of Chiaramonte Bordonaro-Della Noce and the GTA 1300 Junior of Ondrak. Further down in the starting grid Salvatore Rizzo, who started the race next to the most feared opponents, and the Mercatali father-son, with the first qualified GT Veloce 2000. Just behind them all the other cars of the same class. Unlucky session for the GT Veloce 2000 of the Scotsman Bennett stopped at the first lap for the detachment of the accelerator linkage, and for the Giulia Sprint GTA of Serio-Pantaleo who suffered a gearbox break that forced them to take part in the race starting from last position on the grid. Few hours of break for the over forty passionate drivers on the track, to fix the cars and define the race strategies. In the late afternoon, it was the time to wear the overalls again and warm up the engines of these historical jewels of undoubted value and fun. The cars reached the pit lane entrance to line up on the starting grid. The Safety Car started the formation lap until the traffic lights turned green giving the start to the most awaited sixty minutes of the season. Arnaldi with his Group 5 took the lead. Bertinelli managed an excellent start and immediately took the second place in front of Guerra, who maintained the third place for the first part of the race until the engine of the car, in the hands Crescenti, broke down. At the foot of the podium, the German Körber fought with his classmates Zamuner and Bettati as well as Luccioni and Chiaramonte Bordonaro who followed with a small gap. Unlucky Lelli, forced to retire at the fifth lap due to an engine failure. The positions in the class classification for Rizzo and Mercatali waved for the whole race not to leave any guarantee of their placement in the 2018 final overall ranking until the last laps. The race ended with Arnaldi at the highest step of the podium. An excellent second place went to Bertinelli, as well as first in the GTAM class. Third overall and second in class Zamuner-Restelli. Fourth overall Körber, third in the class of GTAM. Among the most historic cars, Milla-Giovannini concluded the race with the Giulietta Ti. For the FIA Period F, the first place went to the Swiss Erlich who was able to maintain his superiority for the whole race. A second step of the podium more fought with several overtaking among the Sicilians, until Rizzo got the better of his teammates Pantaleo-Serio. A good fourth place for the young Fabian Körber who saw unfortunately the overall seasonal podium disappear, but nothing could had done against the other cars more competitive than his Giulia Ti Super. Fifth place for Matteo Panini, at the first participation in the series. Good performance for Chiaramonte Bordonaro-Della Noce, which were seventh overall till a few laps from the end when they suffered a problem to the carburetors of the Giulia Sprint GTA Gr. 4. Tenth place overall for Ondrak with his GTA 1300 Junior. A race in the race for the GT Veloce 2000 Turismo di Serie, which gave a great show until the checkered flag. It was Niccolò Mercatali to prevail on the opponents in the first part, just behind Silvestrini. Magonio followed, losing space due to a spin during the sixth lap. A problem with the car slowed down the Mercatali drivers’ change, which left the position to Silvestrini. Excellent come back of Oliva that reached the Silvestrini and, three laps from the end, overtook him. Oliva-Magonio, Silvestrini, Mercatali father-son was therefore the final podium of class H1-T2000. Fourth place for Bergamaschi-Caprotti, behind the Liberatore-Zadotti, Lonardi-Raimondi, Bennet. Gimignani retired his car at the ninth lap due to an electrical problem. Among the Group 5 Arnaldi got the first place, second a satisfied Luccioni, fifth overall, third place to De Beaumont father-son. Cassetti Burchi-Galli concluded the race seventeenth overall with the Alfetta GT America. Updating the basket with the scores gained at the Misano World Circuit, we can discover the overall winners of the Alfa Revival Cup 2018. At the first place Salvatore Rizzo, who also won the fully organic Parmesan cheese wheel offered by producer Bio Hombre, symbolically delivered to him directly by Matteo Panini. Second place to Mercatali with the same points of Serio that, considering the podiums got during the race season, is at the third place. The class winners are: Milla for the E-TC1300; Rizzo in F-TC1600; Chiaramonte Bordonaro in G2-GTS1600; Körber in G2/H1-TC2000; Mercatali in H1-T2000; De Beaumont in H2-Gr.5 2000; Cassetti Burchi in I-TC2000. As for the Team standings, the prize goes to OKP Alfa Delta Racing Team with 103.5 points. The Promoter of the series, already at work to define the 2019 race calendar, would like to thank all the passionate drivers who took part to the race with enthusiasm and fair play. A special thank goes to the companies that have supported the seventh season of the series: OKP Parts & Engineering for Italian Cars, a German company specialized in spare parts for Alfa Romeo and Italian cars, TR Borgo Pio Trianon Residence in Rome, Bio Hombre, and WD-40 that gave to all the drivers its useful car care products.