Monza Superstars: Liuzzi takes dominant victory in opener

Tonio Liuzzi took a dominant win as the 2013 Superstars International Series kicked off at Monza

Monza Superstars: Liuzzi takes dominant victory in opener

In his first race for the Romeo Ferraris Mercedes squad, the former Formula 1 driver made light work of the field to lead every lap of the race.

He set up the win with a solid start, and had more than two seconds up his sleeve by the end of the fourth lap.

Liuzzi's only challenge came from his team-mate Thomas Biagi, who managed to keep in touch with the leader throughout the race.

There was even a period during the middle of the race where Biagi was quicker, narrowing the gap to a second. However the former series champion never got close enough to mount a proper challenge for the lead.

Luigi Ferrara was a lonely third for Roma Racing, although the Mercedes Coupe only just made the finish, with Ferrara shutting the car down as soon as he crossed the line.

Gianni Morbidelli (Audi Sport Italia RS5) finished fourth after an early scrap with the more powerful Ferlito Jaguar of Andrea Larini, while Francesco Sini gave the brand new Slaris Chevrolet a fifth place on debut after coming winning a race-long battle with Giovanni Berton (Dinamic BMW).

Berton wound up sixth, ahead of CAAL Racing Mercedes driver Andrea Bacci, and Larini, who dropped off towards the end of the race.

Reigning champion Johan Kristoffersson was a shock withdrawal from the race, his Petri Corse Porsche's engine problems leaving him on the sidelines.

Results - 14 laps:

Pos  Driver                Team/Car                    Time/Gap
 1.  Tonio Liuzzi          Romeo Ferraris Mercedes   27m05.042s
 2.  Thomas Biagi          Romeo Ferraris Mercedes     + 0.589s
 3.  Luigi Ferrara         Roma Mercedes              + 13.639s
 4.  Gianni Morbidelli     Audi Italia                + 23.200s
 5.  Francesco Sini        Solaris Chevrolet          + 34.423s
 6.  Giovanni Berton       Dinamic BMW                + 34.935s
 7.  Andrea Bacci          CAAL Mercedes              + 42.343s
 8.  Andrea Larini         Ferlito Jaguar             + 50.088s
 9.  Mauro Trentin         Dinamic BMW                + 50.703s
10.  Leonardo Baccarelli   CAAL Mercedes            + 1m05.089s
11.  Roberto Benedetti     RC Cadillac              + 1m07.697s
12.  Francesco Ascani      Todi BMW                 + 1m23.251s
13.  Gianni Giudici        Giudici BMW              + 1m35.526s
14.  Max Mugelli           Dinamic BMW                 + 2 laps

Retirements:
     Ferdinando Geri       Audi Italia                   7 laps
     'Diabolik'            Ferlito Jaguar                7 laps
     Johan Kristoffersson  Petri Porsche                    DNS
     Alessandro Battaglin  MRT Lexus                        DNS
     Max Fantini           Petri Porsche                    DNS

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