Andrea Bertolini has won the International Superstars Series title after completing an emphatic double victory at Vallelunga. The result was more than enough to overhaul erstwhile points leader Luigi Ferrara and secure the crown.
Just like in the first race, Bertolini's Swiss Team Maserati Quattroporte teammate Alessandro Pier Guidi jumped Alberto Cerqui at the start, giving polesitter Bertolini the chance to build up a gap up front.
Cerqui lost a further place to Johnny Herbert at the start, and was passed by Herbert's fellow Romeo Ferraris driver Max Pigoli a lap later. Ferrara meanwhile had made his way up to sixth after starting from 12th on the grid.
He would soon be passed though by the charging Gianni Morbidelli, in his Audi RS4. The former champion took fifth from Cerqui on lap five, and passed Herbert a couple of laps later (the Briton having already been demoted from third by Pigoli).
On lap 10 Pier Guidi lost two places to Pigoli and Morbidelli, allowing the duo to chase after leader Bertolini. Morbidelli took second from Pigoli on the penultimate lap, but was unable to prevent Bertolini from winning the race, and with it the title.
Pigoli fell back to fourth on the final lap, handing Pier Guidi the final spot on the podium. Herbert was fifth ahead of Cerqui and his BMW teammate Stefano Gabellini. Ferrara ended up eighth, losing the championship lead that he had maintained since the races at Donington Park. Michela Cerruti and Thomas Biagi completed the top ten, the latter recovering from an off on the second lap that dropped him down as far as 19th place.
Bertolini's win meant that he turned a four point deficit to Ferrara into a final margin of 13 points, with Cerqui third in the final standings just two points behind Ferrara. There was some consolation for rookie Cerqui though, who wrapped up the Italian Championship classification.
Race results – 16 laps:
|1||Andrea Bertolini||Swiss Team||Maserati Quattroporte||27:14.970|
|2||Gianni Morbidelli||Audi Sport Italia||Audi RS4||0.538|
|3||Alessandro Pier Guidi||Swiss Team||Maserati Quattroporte||5.150|
|4||Max Pigoli||Romeo Ferraris||Mercedes C63 AMG||8.824|
|5||Johnny Herbert||Romeo Ferraris||Mercedes C63 AMG||8.989|
|6||Alberto Cerqui||Team BMW Italia||BMW M3 E92||13.422|
|7||Stefano Gabellini||Team BMW Italia||BMW M3 E92||16.905|
|8||Luigi Ferrara||CAAL Racing||Mercedes C63 AMG||22.250|
|9||Michela Cerruti||Romeo Ferraris||Mercedes C63 AMG||22.444|
|10||Thomas Biagi||Team BMW Italia||BMW M3 E92||23.930|
|11||Francesco Sini||Roma Racing Team||Mercedes C63 AMG||24.906|
|12||Fabrizio Armetta||Motorzone Race Car||Chevrolet Lumina CR-8||26.704|
|13||Roberto Papini||Movisport||BMW M3 E90||33.141|
|14||Mauro Cesari||Ferlito Motors||Jaguar XF/R5.0||36.964|
|15||Luigi Cecchi||Ferlito Motors||Jaguar XF/R5.0||1:01.195|
|16||Sandro Bettini||Movisport||BMW M3 E90||1:06.536|
|17||Leonardo Baccarelli||Todi Corse||BMW 550i E60||1:10.694|
|18||Francesco Ascani||Todi Corse||BMW M3 E90||1:10.835|
|19||Marco Cassara||Roma Racing Team||Mercedes C63 AMG||+3 Laps|
|20||Roberto Benedetti||RC Motorsport||Cadillac CTS V-8||+7 Laps|
|Ret||Riccardo Bossi||Audi Sport Italia||Audi RS4||5 laps|
|Ret||Andrea Dromedari||Romeo Ferraris||Mercedes C63 AMG||0 laps|
|Ret||Riccardo Romagnoli||CAAL Racing||Mercedes C63 AMG||0 laps|
Final drivers' standings after 8 rounds:
|8||Alessandro Pier Guidi||67|