There were three different winners in three races as the Trofeo Abarth 2018 moved on to the Misano Adriatico circuit last weekend as Italian’s Cosimo Barberini and Andrea Mabellini claimed the first and second respectively with the final race going to Finnish driver Juuso Pajuranta.
The third race represented a change to the usual ‘double header’ programme for the Trofeo Abarth and was inserted into the schedule to make up for the race cancelled by organisers during the previous round of the series, held at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France mid last month, due to bad weather.
During the first race of the weekend at Misano, staged during the night last Saturday (16 Jun), Pajuranta and Barberini fought it out in a sequence of passes with the Italian prevailing only at the very end. Mabellini came third, just behind the first two.
Race 2 started last Sunday morning (17 June) with the top eight grid positions reversed (the winner of Race 1 started from the eighth position on the grid) forcing the defending champion and 2018 points leader to stage several overtakes and to very impressively gain the lead by the end of the first lap.
He held first position to the finishline while Mabellini made his way up through the pack and ended up in second place. At the conclusion of the race, the organisers’ slapped Barberini with a penalty that pushed him back to second place, allowing the young Mabellini to claim his first ever first place.
The final race, which had originally been scheduled to be held on the Paul Ricard Circuit, was squeezed into the programme at 1800 on Sunday.
Appelqvist, Pajuranta, Volpato and Barberini put up a fierce fight straight off the bat. However Barberini suffered a puncture and was forced to pull out allowing Pajuranta to win ahead of Appelqvist and Volpato.
Despite his disappointment in the third race, Barberini still comfortably leads the Trofeo Abarth Driver’s classification with 121 points, followed by Mabellini and Pajuranta, with 92 points each.
Promising young driver Filippo Lazzaroni was untouchable in the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse category in all three races and he finished each time ahead of Aurora Coria, who grabbed a clean sweep of the runners up spots and leads the lady drivers’ category scoreboard.
The weekend in Misano was attended by many of Abarth’s local clubs and “Scorpionship” members. Spectators were also able to take advantage of the opportunity to test drive the street-legal Abarth 695 Competizione and 124 Spider on the track named after Marco Simoncelli.
The next round of the Trofeo Abarth will be held at Mugello on 15 July.
Meanwhile, also at the Misano Adriatico circuit, Abarth in fact was in 'double' track action last weekend, this time thanks to the Italian F4 Championship, which sees its ‘one make’ single-seaters powered by identical Scorpion engines.
It was a red-letter day for young driver Enzo Fittipaldi, who scored three well-deserved wins. The grandson of former double F1 World Champion Emerson is now leading the championship classification with runner-up Lorenzo Lorandi lagging just one point behind after the latter grabbed a P2 and P4 from the weekend.
Fittipaldi set off from the pole position in Race 1 and held the lead to the finish with Petr Ptacek from the Czech Republic second and Ian Rodiguez from Guatemala third. The first three positions were the same in Race 2, while Lorandi was competitive again in the first round and finished second followed by Ptacek.
"After having been forced to pull out twice in Monza I just had to win here and I was particularly at ease on this track," Fittipaldi said at the end of the weekend. "I am now one of the front runners in the championship but Lorandi is very strong."
The next round of the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth will be held at Imola on July 29.
Trofeo Abarth 2018 – Rd 3, Misano Adriatico
Result Race 1: 1. Cosimo Barberini (ITA) 15 laps in 28'28"501; 2. Juuso Pajuranta (FIN) +0"389; 3. Andrea Mabellini (ITA) +1"457; 4. Gabriele Volpato (ITA) +14"692; 5. Robin Appelqvist (SWE) +26"515; 6. Biagio Caruso (ITA) +1 lap behind; 7. Stefano Fiamingo (ITA) +1 lap behind; 8. "Gioga" (ITA) + 1 lap behind; 9. Filippo Lazzaroni (ITA, Abarth 500 Assetto Corse) +1 lap behind; 10. "Boga" (ITA) +1 lap behind; 11. Aurora Coria (ITA, Abarth 500 Assetto Corse) +2 laps behind. All other drivers in Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione cars. Fastest lap: Juuso Pajuranta, in 1'52"075 Average speed: 135.745 km/h.
Result Race 2: 1. Andrea Mabellini (ITA) 15 laps in 28'43"031; 2. Cosimo Barberini (ITA) +3"205; 3. Gabriele Volpato (ITA) +10"476; 4. Robin Appelqvist (SWE) +11"222; 5. Biagio Caruso (ITA) +44"444; 6. "Gioga" (ITA) +46"284; 7. Filippo Lazzaroni (ITA, Abarth 500 Assetto Corse) +1'43"784; 8. Aurora Coria (ITA, Abarth 500 Assetto Corse) 1 lap behind. All other drivers in Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione cars. Fastest lap: Juuso Pajuranta (FIN) in 1'53"540, average speed 133.93 km/h.
Result Race 3 (race rescheduled from Paul Ricard): 1. Juuso Pajuranta (FIN) 14 laps in 28'29"001; 2. Robin Appelqvist (SWE) +3"914; 3. Gabriele Volpato (ITA) +23"957; 4. Stefano Fiamingo (ITA) +45"170; 5. Filippo Lazzaroni (ITA, Abarth 500 Assetto Corse) +1'17"648; 6. Aurora Coria (ITA, Abarth 500 Assetto Corse) 1 lap behind. All other drivers in Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione cars. Fastest lap: Juuso Pajuranta in 1'53"447, average speed 134.103 km/h.
Championship Standings, Trofeo Abarth (Overall): 1.Cosimo Barberini (ITA) 121 points; 2. Andrea Mabellini (ITA) 92; 3. Juuso Pajuranta (FIN) 92; 4. Robin Appelqvist (SWE) 75; 5. Gabriele Volpato (ITA) 57; 6. Stefano Fiamingo (ITA) 40; 7. "Gioga" (ITA) 28; 8. Stefano Lazzaroni (ITA) 23; 9. Aurora Coria (ITA) 16; 10. Franco Caruso (ITA) 10.
Championship Standings, Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth: 1. Enzo Fittipaldi (BRA) 178 points; 2. Lorenzo Lorandi (ITA) 1771; 3. Olli Caldwell (GBR) 137; 4. Petr Ptacek (CZR) 94; 5. Federico Malvestiti (ITA) 81.
Photos: Trofeo Abarth Selenia 2018 / Italian Formula 4 Powered by Abarth 2018