Sini Takes Maiden Superstars Win In Mugello Race 2

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Francesco Sini - Photo Credit: Superstars Media

Sini found a way past Mikola to give the Chevrolet its first win since the end of 2010 - Photo Credit: Superstars Media

Francesco Sini claimed his first win in the International Superstars Series in the second Mugello race, aboard the Solaris Motorsport Chevrolet Lumina.

Indonesian Ananda Mikola led away from pole position, with fellow front row starter Sini settling into second place initially. Sini eventually got by for the lead on lap six, and went on to win.

While Sini was looking for the lead, it all kicked off in the battle for third. Max Pigoli held the place to begin with in his Jaguar, but came under pressure from Race 1 winner Andrea Larini – who had already got by the similar Mercedes C63 AMG of Vitantonio Liuzzi on lap three.

Larini dived inside Pigoli at the start of the sixth lap, but drifted wide, allowing Pigoli to come back alongside exiting the first turn. The pair made contact as Pigoli pulled across, sending both sliding across the grass. They rejoined the track sideways at turn two, making further contact before Johnny Herbert slammed into Pigoli in his Maserati, with all three retiring from the race.

Liuzzi escaped the carnage to inherit third, but lost that to Stefano Gabellini on the following lap. On lap 10 Gabellini passed Mikola for second, while his BMW teammate Thomas Biagi took fourth from Liuzzi after starting at the rear of the field following the pileup at the start of the first race. Biagi took third from Mikola one lap later.

Mikola held on to fourth ahead of Liuzzi and Mauro Cesari in the second Maserati, with Johan Kristoffersson the best of the Audis in seventh. Paolo Meloni was eighth, with the Mercedes of Max Mugelli and Nico Caldarola completing the top ten.

Kristoffersson remains the points leader, 17 ahead of Biagi and 19 ahead of Liuzzi. The series visits the Hungaroring for the first time for round five on 19 June.

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