The Rome-based racer provided a massive crowd with some true excitement at Vallelunga
Last weekend’s Superstars round at Vallelunga has been a spectacular one for the series and provided a record-high 33.000 fans with plenty of excitement. Cars from seven different manufacturers lined-up on-track and a new racing star, Giancarlo Fisichella, made his championship debut at the venue.
The Rome-based driver was able make his maiden SUPERSTARS run at his home circuit as he drove last year’s championship-winning Maserati Quattroporte, prepared by Swiss Team. Fisichella also had the chance to meet fellow former Formula 1 drivers like Vitantonio Liuzzi (Mercedes) and Gianni Morbidelli (Audi) and had challenged them since qualifying.
After having made his way into the top-10, Fisichella became the star of Race 1, ending up in 8th place with a great recovery drive . In Race 2, thanks to the reverse top-8 grid, the world-beater started from the pole and battled his way side-by-side with Colombian Camilo Zurcher and former Force India team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi, in an highly anticipated challenge for all the fans. Unfortunately, a 25″ penalty for a contact with Zurcher brought him down to 11th place, although he left an extremely strong impression on Race Day.
“It’s been great to see so much people at Vallelunga – told Fisichella – I was warmly welcomed by many fans that supported me over the weekend. The Maserati Quattroporte is quite competitive and with just a few more laps on my log I could have really merged with it. In the end I had fun though, especially when I fought with Liuzzi in Race 2. I’m sorry that my friend lost his championship lead but the Audis were incredibly fast this time. Vitantonio will face a tough job in order to go back on-top and I see an exciting finale coming for the series”.
Fisichella brought the total count of drivers coming from F.1 to seven, a further confirmation of the top quality level of SUPERSTARS, an unparalleled challenge featuring the best 500-hp production based racecars in business.