05.10.2020 – A good victory in GT4 has been claimed by BMW Team Italia at the International Circuit of Mugello during the second round of the Italian GT Sprint 2020 Championship.
The weekend has been characterized by the rain and tricky track conditions, but both lineups showed great motivation and have been among the protagonists. Stefano Comandini (ITA) and Marius Zug (GER) shared driving duties in the #7 BMW M6 GT3, while Francesco Guerra (ITA) and Simone Riccitelli (ITA) exchanged behind the wheel of the #215 BMW M4 GT4.
The double qualifying session on Saturday has been particularly challenging. Q1 was run on humid circuit but slick tyres and Comandini was fifth quickest 1’50.499s as he managed to wisely control the reactions of the car despite the low grip conditions. In GT4, Riccitelli posted a 2’00.462s, that was the second-fastest time of the category.
Q2 has been quite chaotic on the wet with rain tyres. The drivers that got on track early on when the rain slowed down made the right call. Zug qualified the #7 BMW M6 GT3 in P8 with a best lap of 2’21.870s, while Guerra was fourth in the #215 BMW M4 GT4 in 2’32.181s.
Race one has been quite challenging for BMW Team Italia’s drivers. Comandini started very well and installed himself in P3 at the San Donato. Shortly after though, a contact with Agostini (Audi) at the Luco-Poggio Secco forced him to go on the gravel. The driver from Rome rejoined from the back and tried to rebuild his race, but during one of the very many overtaking moves he spun. Zug continued the comeback but unfortunately ended far from the points.
The race has been quite complex also in GT4, where Riccitelli and Guerra ran a great race but the safety car with 20 minutes still to go did not play in favour of the BMW Team Italia drivers that ended third of GT4 Pro-Am.
Resolute to bounce back in race two, Zug and Comandini got on track in this order and managed to put in a great performance recovering up to P4.
Guerra and Riccitelli also completed a spectacular comeback race in the BMW M4 GT4. Started from the fourth position of GT4, the two drivers completed a good race and, thanks also to the great timing for the pit stop, they claimed the second win of the season in GT4 Pro-Am after that scored in the opener in Misano.
Roberto Ravaglia (BMW Team Italia, Team Manager):
“This round of Mugello has been quite exciting. Unfortunately, race one has been tough on both cars and this is a pity as we had the potential to be strong and could have scored important points. I have to admit that drivers and staff had a great reaction and this allowed us to run a very positive race two, especially in GT4 where we claimed a splendid win. The gaps are short in the overall and GT4 Pro-Am classifications and this makes us positive for the remainder of the season where we will try to be the protagonists again”.
Italian GT Sprint 2020 Championship| Drivers’ classification
1. Agostini (Audi) pt. 56; 2. Ferrari (Mercedes) pt. 47; 3. Mancinelli (Audi) pt. 32; 4. Nemoto-Tujula (Lamborghini) pt. 32; 5. Roda-Rovera (Ferrari) pt. 32; 6. Galbiati-Venturini (Lamborghini) pt. 30; 7. Kroes-Pulcini (Lamborghini) pt. 30; 8. Zug-Comandini (BMW) pt. 28; 9. Spinelli (Mercedes) pt. 27; 10. Drudi (Audi) e Zampieri (Mercedes) pt. 20
Italian GT Sprint 2020 Championship| Drivers’ classification GT4 Pro-Am
1. Segù-De Luca (Mercedes) pt. 53; 1. Belicchi-Vullo (Mercedes) pt. 53; 2. Guerra-Riccitelli (BMW) pt. 52; 3. Gnemmi-Pera (Porsche) pt. 49; 4. Piccioli-De Castro (Porsche) pt. 27