Mattia Drudi, Riccardo Agostini and Lorenzo Ferrari hat trick yields Audi trio Italian GT3 Endurance title

Mattia Drudi, Riccardo Agostini and Lorenzo Ferrari hat trick yields Audi trio Italian GT3 Endurance title

01.11.2021: The Audi Sport Italia drivers won the race despite an hefty handicap-time, title is first for the Audi Sport customer racing driver and a repeat of the GT3 Sprint title for his team mates


• The Audi Sport Italia drivers won the race despite an hefty handicap-time, title is first for the Audi Sport customer racing driver and a repeat of the GT3 Sprint title for his team mates



• Vito Postiglione, Filip Salaquarda and Daniel Mancinelli complete the great day of the Audi Sport Italia squad as they finish just outside the podium



During the the Italian GT Endurance finale held today at Monza, the drivers' title seemed to escape Mattia Drudi, Riccardo Agostini and Lorenzo Ferrari for almost two and a half hours of racing (out of three planned). Leading was the Lamborghini that started on pole as Amici/Middleton/Di Folco were virtual champions keeping the top spot ahead of Ferrari's Zampieri / Gai.



It's not that the Audi drivers hadn't tried their best: during the first stint Agostini had often been a second or so away from the leading Huracan, glued to the bumper of the red 488. But the number 12 R8 LMS had a handicap of 30 seconds to be served at pit stop time due to thei Vallelunga victory, and after Padua born driver had given the wheel to Ferrari (the Audi driver that is) the gap from his rivals had ballooned.



However after the young gun, it was up to Drudi to take the wheel, and the Romagna-based driver suddenly had a deja vu as the situation unfolded as during his maiden GT3 victory: just like in 2018 the rain came and the team and the driver wanted take the risk of running on slick tires without stopping. As then, a very inspired Drudi put on an awesome show, while the rivals fighting for the title instead stopped to change tires and concluded behind the driver from Misano Adriatico, who took the lead on lap 86 to never leave it.


For him and his mates it was the third Endurance victory, while runnerup Amici / Middleton / Di Folco at Mugello took the only victory escaped from the Audi trio. The happiest at the end was probably Drudi who toasted the first title of his career, while Agostini and Ferrari instead succeed in a sensational double as the Endurance title is paired with the GT3 Sprint deservedly won at Mugello in the first week of October.



This time in Monza the podium was monopolized by the crews fighting for the drivers' title, and their fight has somewhat disrupted the plans of Daniel Mancinelli and Vito Postiglione, who hoped to replicate the first seasonal success in Monza at the beginning of October at Mugello but this time together with Filip Salaquarda.



The start of the Lucanian driver was brilliant and from the start in the third row he recovered two positions, finishing the fourth round and a short distance from the trio of contenders who were fighting for the title. But then the news from Monza, amidst the bizarre weather conditions and less than ideal grip, did not allow the three veterans to reach a podium that would have better gratified the commitment of the three drivers.




ITALIAN GT ENDURANCE | ROUND FOUR | MONZA (I)

 

1. AGOSTINI / DRUDI / FERRARI (AUDI) 94 laps 3: 01'48.342 avg.sp. 179,711 kph
2. Amici / Middleton / Di Folco (Lamborghini) 4.098s
3. Gai / Zampieri (Ferrari) 28.449s
4. MANCINELLI / POSTIGLIONE / SALAQUARDA (Audi) 29.213s
5. Zug / Comandini / Spengler (BMW) 1'35.535s
6. Rigon / Schreiner / Hudspeth (Ferrari) 1'48.463s
7. Mann / Vilander (Ferrari) at 2'05.249s
8 Perel / Schiro / Earle (Ferrari) 2'08.921s
9. Di Amato / Vezzoni (Ferrari) 1 lap
10. Greco / Hoffer (Ferrari) 1 lap




Carlo Marzetti - photos Audi Sport Italia

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