02.12.2020 – BMW Team Italia will be back on track this coming weekend in Vallelunga for the grand finale of the Italian GT Sprint 2020 Championship.
The Italian team managed by Ceccato Motors Racing Team is in the fight for both championships. The situation is quite favourable to Francesco Guerra (ITA) and Simone Riccitelli (ITA) that will be sharing the BMW M4 GT4 with which they currently are third in the GT4 Pro-Am standings, thanks to the three wins scored in the previous rounds. The #7 BMW M6 GT3 of Stefano Comandini (ITA) and Marius Zug (GER) is sixth in the classification after the win of race one in Monza and is now called to a mission impossible to keep the title fight open until the end of this exciting weekend.
Both pairings proved their grit and speed over this peculiar season that started in July due to the limitations of the sanitary emergency and will play all their cards to end the championship with a good performance. The team has already raced in Vallelunga last September in the Endurance series and, despite the conditions will be very different this time around, the drivers will have some base-level data to start from.
The circuit named after Piero Taruffi is one of the most complete in the calendar. Its 4.085 meters start off very fast with the flat out Curva Grande and the braking of the Cimini corner, that will provide overtaking chances. After the Campagnano and Soratte, the circuit becomes more driven with the Semaforo, Tornantino and Esse leading into the wide Curva Roma that rejoins the start/finish straight.
The GT Sprint Championship drivers will get on track on Friday for two free practice sessions at local 11:15 and 14:35, while the two qualifying sessions will be on Saturday at 10:40 and 11:10 and will be followed by race one at 15:00. Race two will end the 2020 championship on Sunday at 11:00.
RAI Sport (CH 58 Freeview) and MS Motor TV (CH 228 SKY) will cover the event that will also be available through the live streaming from https://motorsport.bmw.it/
Roberto Ravaglia (BMW Team Italia, Team Manager):
“This is going to be a tough weekend and we will face it with the usual focus and grit because there are a lot of variables to take into account, regardless the situation in the standings of our BMW M6 GT3 and BMW M4 GT4. Just to name a few, we will have to serve a 5s time penalty with the GT4 in race one, then the discards could make the final result change until the end and we cannot rule out rain yet. The whole team will give its best as usual and this is our goal: ending the season with a good result”.
Italian Gran Turismo Sprint 2020 | Drivers’ classification
1. Agostini (Audi) pt. 83; 2. Roda-Rovera (Ferrari) pt .58; 3. Ferrari (Mercedes), Drudi (Audi), Nemoto-Tujula (Lamborghini) pt. 51; 4. Zug-Comandini (BMW) pt. 48; 5. Kroes-Pulcini (Lamborghini) pt. 42; 6. Galbiati-Venturini (Lamborghini) pt. 37
Italian Gran Turismo Sprint 2020 | GT4 PRO-Am Drivers’ classification
1. Segù-De Luca (Mercedes) pt. 85; 2. Belicchi-Vullo (Mercedes) pt. 83; 3. Guerra-Riccitelli (BMW) pt. 79