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Pigoli Wins Superstars Opener At Monza In Mercedes 1-2-3

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Max Pigoli converted his pole position into a race victory in the opening round of the International Superstars Series season at Monza. He led home a Mercedes C63 AMG 1-2-3, as Michela Cerruti finished second with Luigi Ferrara moving up through the grid to finish third.

Pigoli kept his lead from pole position, with Romeo Ferraris teammate Cerruti moving from third on the grid into second past the Swiss Team Maserati Quattroporte of Andrea Bertolini. Francesco Sini moved up into fourth in the Jaguar ahead of the BMW of Thomas Biagi.

Ferrara, who lined up 16th on the grid after suffering engine problems in qualifying, had moved up to sixth by the end of the first lap, ahead of the Mercedes of Johnny Herbert. Ferrara soon passed Biagi and Sini, who gradually dropped back in his Jaguar, before suffering electrical issues.

Bertolini was forced into the pits in the Maserati due to a loss of tyre pressure. This elevated Ferrara into third position, where he would finish behind Pigoli and Cerruti.

Biagi finished fourth, ahead of BMW Italia teammates Alberto Cerqui, finishing fifth on his series debut, and Stefano Gabellini. Fabrizio Armetta finished seventh in the Motorzone Chevrolet, ahead of Mercedes driver Riccardo Romagnoli. Roberto Benedetti took advantage of attrition to finish ninth, one place ahead of Herbert who dropped back with technical issues on the last lap.

Pos. Driver Team Car Time/Gap
1 Max Pigoli Romeo Ferraris Mercedes AMG C63 27:18.891
2 Michela Cerruti Romeo Ferraris Mercedes AMG C63 +0.064
3 Luigi Ferrara CAAL Racing Mercedes AMG C63 +1.096
4 Thomas Biagi Team BMW Italia BMW M3 E92 +18.611
5 Alberto Cerqui Team BMW Italia BMW M3 E92 +27.505
6 Stefano Gabellini Team BMW Italia BMW M3 E92 +31.021
7 Fabrizio Armetta Motorzone Race Car Chevrolet Lumina CR-8 +32.939
8 Riccardo Romagnoli CAAL Racing Mercedes AMG C63 +38.980
9 Roberto Benedetti RC Motorsport Cadillac CTS V +54.083
10 Johnny Herbert Romeo Ferraris Mercedes AMG C63 +1:11.649
11 Luigi Cecchi Ferlito Motors Jaguar XF +1:57.102
12 Roberto Papini Audi Sport Italia Audi RS4 +1 lap
13 Francesco Sini Ferlito Motors Jaguar XF +4 laps
14 Andrea Bertolini Swiss Team Maserati Quattroporte +5 laps
15 Alessandro Kouzkin Motorzone Race Car Chevrolet Lumina CR-8 +5 laps
16 Andrea Dromedari Romeo Ferraris Mercedes AMG C63 +7 laps
17 Alex De Giacomi Movisport BMW M3 E90 +7 laps
Ret Ermanno Dionisio Audi Sport Italia Audi RS4 6 laps
Ret Francesca Linossi Movisport BMW M3 E92 5 laps
Ret Isaac Tutumlu Campos Racing BMW M3 E92 1 lap
Ret Nico Caldarola Roma Racing Team Mercedes AMG C63 1 lap
Ret Sergio Hernandez Campos Racing BMW M3 E92 0 laps
Ret Sandro Bettini Movisport BMW M3 E90 0 laps
Ret Riccardo Bossi Audi Sport Italia Audi RS4 0 laps
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