Camilo Zurcher claims maiden Superstars win in Hungary
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Sunday, July 1st 2012, 15:04 GMT|
Camilo Zurcher became the newest first-time winner in the International Superstars Series in the second race at the Hungaroring in Budapest.
With the top eight from race one reversed, the Colombian found himself starting on the front row in the Romeo Ferraris Mercedes. He wasted no time hitting the front, controversially nudging polesitter Dominico Ferlito's Ferlito Jaguar out of the way on the first lap.
While the incident was investigated, no action was taken, leaving Zurcher clear to take a measured win.
Behind him there was more controversy. Having run nose-to-tail throughout the race, a heated battle for second between Tonio Liuzzi (CAAL Racing Mercedes) and Thomas Biagi (Dinamic BMW) came to a head on the final lap, with Biagi getting into the back of Liuzzi's Mercedes and spinning it around.
That opened the door for Christian Klien to grab an unlikely second place in the Swiss Team Maserati, with Biagi and Liuzzi settling for third and fourth respectively across the line, before their positions were reversed by race control after the race.
That Liuzzi and Biagi both lost spots late in the race was good news for KMS Audi's Johan Kristoffersson. Having started the race as the championship leader, the Swede failed to finish the formation laps due to an alternator failure. While he did drop to second in the standings, he is just five points behind new leader Liuzzi.
Gianni Morbidelli was another Audi driver to have a horrid race two. Having switched to a spare engine between races after his electronics failure in race one, another podium went begging when the spare started to seize mid-race, leaving Morbidelli stranded on the sidelines.
Another driver to suffer from some bad luck was Norbert Michelisz. The Scuderia Guidici BMW driver was spun by the Dinamic BMW of Franco Fumi at the first corner, and ultimately retired from the race.
Fumi, however, went on to finish fifth, ahead of his team-mate Stefano Gabellini, Paolo Meloni (W&D Racing BMW), and Francesco Sini (Solaris Chevrolet).
Results - 14 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Camilo Zurcher Romeo Mercedes 27m16.068s 2. Christian Klien Swiss Maserati + 4.858s 3. Tonio Liuzzi CAAL Mercedes + 14.635s 4. Thomas Biagi Dinamic BMW + 16.956s 5. Franco Fumi Dinamic BMW + 19.405s 6. Stefano Gabellini Dinamic BMW + 21.432s 7. Paolo Meloni W&D BMW + 26.190s 8. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet + 28.331s 9. Andrea Larini Romeo Mercedes + 46.254s Retirements: Thomas Schoffler MTM Audi 10 laps Domenico Ferlito Ferlito Jaguar 8 laps Walter Meloni W&D BMW 6 laps Norbert Michelisz Giudici BMW 5 laps Gianni Giudici Giudici BMW 5 laps Gianni Morbidelli Audi Italia 4 laps Johan Kristoffersson KMS Audi 0 laps Max Pigoli Ferlito Jaguar DNS Mauro Cesari Swiss Maserati DNS Max Mugelli CAAL Mercedes DNS