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Ciro And Barri Take GT Sprint Wins At Portimao

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The Ferrari 430 GTS2 won both International GT Sprint Series races at Portimao in Portugal in the hands of AF Corse's Giuseppe Ciro and Vittoria Competitzione's Giacomo Barri.

Ciro, a one-time World Touring Car driver, began Race 1 from pole position, though he initially lost the lead to Niki Cadei, behind the wheel of AF Corse's new Ferrari 458. Ciro soon regained the lead, with his job made easier when Cadei was handed a drive-through penalty after he returned to his grid spot despite being the last to get away for the parade lap.

Ciro took his maiden GT Sprint win with an advantage of 11 seconds over Barri with Edil Cris Ferrari driver Michael Dalle Stelle completing the podium.

Ciro handed his car over to teammate Gaetano Ardegna Perez for Race 2, and the Venezuelan driver kept the lead at the start. However, he would later be passed by Barri who went on to win, with Dalle Stelle second. Fabio Mancini finished third after taking over the AF Corse 458 from Cadei, as Ardagna Perez slipped to fifth.

The pairing of Andrea Palma and Max Mugelli finished fourth and sixth respectively in the two races to keep hold of their points lead, 16 points ahead of Vittoria teammate Barri.

The next round of the International GT Sprint Series takes place at Misano on the weekend of the 10th July.

Race 1 result: 1. Cirò (Ferrari 430) 14 laps in 25:03.222; 2. Barri (Ferrari 430) +11.389; 3. Dalle Stelle (Ferrari 430) +17.714; 4. Palma (Ferrari 430) +20.676; 5. Cadei (Ferrari 458 Italia) +27.164; 6. Del Castello (Corvette Z06 R) +31.506; 7. Solieri (Ferrari 430) +45.744; 8. De La Reina (Ferrari 430) +1:18.138; 9. Trentin (Ferrari 430) +1:35.542; 10. Galassi (Ferrari 430) +1:37.581.

Race 2 result: 1. Barri (Ferrari 430) 15 laps in 27:13.352; 2. Dalle Stelle (Ferrari 430) +3.627; 3. Mancini (Ferrari 458 Italia) +12.750; 4. Del Castello (Corvette Z06R) +14.350; 5. Ardagna Perez (Ferrari 430) +17.879; 6. Mugelli (Ferrari 430) +22.461; 7. Solieri (Ferrari 430) +32.223; 8. Amaduzzi (Ferrari 430) +1:34.463; 9. Goldstein (Ferrari 430) +1:39.969; 10. Galassi (Ferrari 430) +1:45.181.

Drivers’ Standings after six races: 1. Mugelli/Palma 88; 3. Barri 72; 4. Cadei/Mancini 69; 6. Cirò/Ardagna Perez 62; 8. Dalle Stelle 61; 9. Solieri 43; 10. Cressoni 35.

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