While the Ginetta GT Supercup and Ginetta Junior Championships were battling it out at Donington Park, the opening rounds of the new Ginetta G50 Cup Italy were taking place over 1,000 miles away at the famous Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.
Fourteen G50's took to the grid for the inaugural weekend of the series, with the drivers having to contend with tricky wet conditions throughout the weekend. Luca Lorenzini secured pole, however his fellow front row starter Checco Malavasi stormed to the opening win. Malavasi looked set for the second win after a tyre gamble of staying on slicks in increasingly wet conditions, however a late spin dropped him to second behind Luigi Emiliani.
The series will consist of five more race weekends, visiting circuits including Vallelunga, Mugello and Monza.
General Manager of Ginetta Cars Simon Finnis said: “For Ginetta to be involved in the Italian racing scene is fantastic for us, and to see a grid of cars made in Garforth racing round a circuit such as Imola is fantastic. Elisa and her team have organised the championship superbly and we all hope this is the start of a most successful relationship.”