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Bertolini Wins Again To Steal Superstars Title

Andrea Bertolini celebrates after the race - Photo Credit: Superstars Series

Andrea Bertolini celebrates after the race - Photo Credit: Superstars Series

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:

Pos Driver Team Car Time/Gap
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:

Pos Driver Points
1 Andrea Bertolini 178
2 Luigi Ferrara 165
3 Alberto Cerqui 163
4 Thomas Biagi 147
5 Max Pigoli 125
6 Johnny Herbert 96
7 Stefano Gabellini 91
8 Alessandro Pier Guidi 67
9 Michela Cerruti 59
10 Francesco Sini 40