Sini takes surprise Superstars victory in second race at Mugello

Francesco Sini took a surprise win in the second International Superstars Series race at Mugello

Sini takes surprise Superstars victory in second race at Mugello

The Solaris Chevrolet driver started on the front row thanks to the top eight finishers from race one being reversed, and after following early leader Ananda Mikola's Roma Mercedes around for the first 10 minutes he barged into what would become an unassailable lead.

Stefano Gabellini did his best to overhaul Sini in the Dinamic BMW, taking massive chunks of time out of the lead in the closing minutes of the race.

It was not enough though, Gabellini forced to settle for second ahead of his team-mate Thomas Biagi, while Mikola held on for a career-best fourth place.

Tonio Liuzzi (CAAL Mercedes) finished fifth after once again fading towards the end of the race. In the early stages, he was fighting for third position, but eventually found himself caught and passed by the two Dinamic BMWs. In the end, the former grand prix driver was lucky to hold off the Swiss Team Maserati of Mauro Cesari.

Championship leader Johan Kristoffersson (Audi Sport RS5) banked another good haul of points with seventh, while Paolo Meloni (W&D Racing BMW) capped off a very solid weekend with eighth, keeping his run of top 10 positions going right from the first practice session to the last race.

For race one pacesetters Andrea Larini and Johnny Herbert, it was a very different story.

Larini looked more than capable of repeating his race one success in the early laps of race two - his Romeo Ferrari Mercedes quickly making its way through the traffic - but it all went sour as he tried to pass Max Pigoli on the sixth lap.

Pigoli (Ferlito Motors Jaguar) gave Larini no room on the exit of first corner San Donato, resulting in the pair spinning off the track and then back into the path of traffic. Herbert was an innocent bystander, collecting the stranded cars and tearing a front wheel clean off his Swiss Team Maserati. All three were out on the spot.

Results - 14 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Francesco Sini Solaris Chevrolet 28m04.029s 2. Stefano Gabellini Dinamic BMW + 0.731s 3. Thomas Biagi Dinamic BMW + 4.753s 4. Ananda Mikola Roma Mercedes + 9.587s 5. Tonio Liuzzi CAAL Mercedes + 10.273s 6. Mauro Cesari Swiss Maserati + 10.717s 7. Johan Kristoffersson KMS Audi + 11.427s 8. Paolo Meloni W&D BMW + 11.599s 9. Max Mugelli CAAL Mercedes + 15.069s 10. Nico Caldarola Roma Mercedes + 35.040s 11. Francesco Ascani Todi BMW + 40.598s 12. Walter Meloni W&D BMW + 1m07.122s 13. Leonardo Baccarelli Giudici BMW + 1m49.194s 14. Camilo Zurcher Romeo Mercedes + 1 lap Retirements: Thomas Schoffler MTM Audi 11 laps Andrea Boffo Ferlito Jaguar 11 laps Max Pigoli Ferlito Jaguar 5 laps Andrea Larini Romeo Mercedes 5 laps Johnny Herbert Swiss Maserati 5 laps 
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