New stars battle with series veterans to enjoy exciting 2012 season
Johan Kristoffersson has been the class of the 2012 Superstars field by winning the Rookie of the Year contest (and an 100.000€ bonus for the next season), the International Series and the Italian Championship. On the other hand he has also been a great ambassador for the many young drivers of the championship: as happened in the last few years, the series kept highlighting some of the best prospects in racing.
While the 23-year-old Swede swept the three titles available at his first attempt, many young men were able to put their talent to fruition in an highly-international context featuring famous tracks and seven former F.1 drivers over the season. The youngest and the latest one was 16-year-old Marco Pollara, who moved-up from open-wheel racing in final race of the year at Pergusa to join Todi Corse on a BMW.
In addition to him, one of the most impressive new stars of 2012 was Andrea Boffo. Born in 1997, the Veneto-based man made his SUPERSTARS debut at Monza, driving a Mercedes C63 AMG for Roma Racing Team at the age of 17. After having qualified in 6th, two tenths of a second off the mark set by Formula 1 star Mika Salo, he ended up into the top-10 in Race 2. Not too much later, he scored his maiden podium finish at Imola behind race-winning Kristoffersson and 2010 Champ Thomas Biagi, before moving to the Jaguar camp with alternating fortunes.
German youngster Thomas Schöffler got behind the wheel of an Audi RS5 fielded by MTM Motorsport. The 19-year-old racer started off with a 5th place finish at Imola and scored a spectacular second place at Vallelunga in front of 33.000 fans. In qualifying, he had ended up right behind same-powered star Gianni Morbidelli.
Another major player in terms of bringing fresh talent to the series was 22-year-old Michele Faccin, who brought the Lexus brand back to SUPERSTARS at Vallelunga. He made some positive first steps in the high-quality, FG GROUP-promoted championship which once again delivered great car power and balance.
Someone like Raffaele Giammaria can clearly tell. The Rome-based racer made an incredible series debut with the Romeo Ferraris Mercedes at Pergusa, cruising to two wins, and also serves as an instructor for the Italian motorsports federation. «I just entered one championship round at Pergusa and it was clear that in SUPERSTARS the sports competition is at extremely high levels. Fighting with drivers like Morbidelli, Liuzzi and many new talents like Kristoffersson has been exciting. SUPERSTARS enables drivers to pull out their 100% potential and that was proved by Kristoffersson’s title. He showed that it takes not only experience to make it, but you also have to push hard all the time. Regarding the other new guys, it was a pity for Pollara. I followed him closely an I’m sure he will bounce back soon, while Ezio Muccio also impressed me. For them, SUPERSTARS will be a great stepping stone to a success ful auto racing career».