Grossmann does the double in the Trofeo Pirelli – Stratta and Basov win in the Coppa Shell
This was a big weekend for racing at the Monza circuit, with no less than 31,000 spectators in attendance to see an interesting package featuring the Ferrari Challenge, the Superstars Series and GT Sprint races. The crowd enjoyed the busy programme that featured plenty of spectacular overtaking and closely contested races that were seen on television in over 60 countries.Monza, 1 April –Both Trofeo Pirelli races were won by Bjiorn Grossmann (Ferrari Moscow.) The German started Race 1 from second on the grid after he duelled in spectacular fashion with pole man Niki Cadei and then with Andrea Belluzzi (Rossocorsa) who had adeptly broken away as the other two fought among themselves. By the end of the 17 laps, Grossmann had retaken the lead, crossing the line ahead of Belluzzi and the Ukrainian Andrii Kruglyk (Ferrari Ukraina,) while Cadei (Motor/Piacenza) had to settle for sixth after a spin on lap 13 that allowed the Russian Skryabin to get through and win the Coppa Giovani category for the under 25s. Grossman was the dominant driver, taking the win in Race 2, which he led from start to finish, from Cadei and Stefano Gai (Ferrari Moscow.) Of the youngsters, Skryabin won again thanks to a fifth place behind Dario Caso (CDP) who inherited a position when Andrea Belluzzi (Rossocorsa) went off track, without doing any damage, at the Parabolica with only 5 laps to go.
The Coppa Shell races were also very close from start to finish, with fights going all the way to the chequered flag, with the drivers delivering performances worthy of professionals. Race 1 saw victory go to the experienced Giacomo Stratta, reigning world champion with Team Forza, who took a really well deserved win as he fought off incessant attacks from Raffaele Giannoni (Motor/Piacenza) and Russia’s Alexey Basov (Ferrari Moscow.) In Race 2, Basov took the victory ahead of Giannoni and Portugal’s Franciso Guedes (AF Corse,) taking part in the championship for the very first time. Of the Coppa Shell runners, the Coppa Gentleman went to Fons Scheltema (Kessel Racing.) The next round of the European Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli takes place on 22 April at Imola’s Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit.