Calamia takes a one-two-three at Budapest
Swiss Team’s Mauro Calamia scored an amazing one-two-three at the second round of the Maserati Trofeo World Series that was held at the Hungaroring track.
After having secured the win in the first 30′ sprint race, Swiss driver dominates Race 2 in front of Italians Alberto Cola and Riccardo Ragazzi. The result gave Calamia the top spot overall in the drivers’ standings to overtake team mate Gabriele Gardel.
Sunday 60′ event saw one of its main players retire almost immediately when reigning champion Renaud Kuppens pulled out on the warm up lap. It was a another disappointing weekend for the Belgian: a transmission problem meant that he finished just one of the three races in the programme (coming fourth in Race 2).
Without Kuppens to worry about, Calamia stepped on the accelerator as he continued the strategy that saw him through the entire weekend: build up a decent lead and then hold off the pack. Even the compulsory pit stop with extra time to work off (with times based on the sum of the first two races) did not change the top order. This was unchanged up to the finish, with the exception of Alan Simoni who ovetook Cola. Behind the uncatchable Calamia came Ragazzi, Gardel, Simoni, Cola and the Andrea Cecchellero-Mathijs Bakker duo. Also doing well were Adrien De Leener and Andreas Segler, who closed out in seventh and eighth, edging out the car driven by the two Hungarian drivers Edina Bus and Adrienn Dancso.
The morning race saw Cola and Ragazzi, both from Italy and fighting it out to the end, take the podium spot behind Calamia. Just off the podium came Kuppens, Gardel and Simone di Luca. Hungarian Adrienn Vogel made a superb comeback from 20th spot to 10th, She headed, also from Hungary, across the line; the fourth ‘Ladies Drivers’ competing here was Anita Toth with Vogel.
The next round in the Maserati Trofeo Wolrd Series will be held at Silverstone, England, on 20 July, a weekend that will also see the Trofeo Europa awarded. The English circuit will be the last European leg before the Trofeo series moves on to the United States, China and Abu Dhabi.