Monza, Glock-Klingmann (BMW M4 GT3) win race-1 of the 1st round of the Italian GT Sprint 2022 Championship

BMW Italia-Ceccato Racing Team's drivers kicked off the season on a high leading Moncini-Guidetti (Honda NSX GT3) and Gai-Panciatici (Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo). The victory in the other classes went to Scalvini-Barri (GT Cup) and Marchetti-Schjerpen (GT4)

Timo Glock and Jens Klingmann (BMW M4 GT3) clinch the victory of race-1 at the 1st round of the Italian GT Sprint Championship that has been run today in Monza. The pairing of BMW Italia-Ceccato Racing Team ended the race after 52’59.785s leading Moncini-Guidetti (Honda NSX GT3 Evo) by 13”177s and Gai-Panciatici (Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo) by 15”378s. The top step of the podium of GT Cup went to Barri-Scalvini (Lamborghini Huracan ST), that led Mazzola-Coluccio (Ferrari 488 Challenge) and Pera-Piccioli (Porsche 991 GT3 Cup), while the victory of GT4 went to Marchetti-Schjerpen (Mercedes AMG GT4) that proceeded teammates Ferri-Bencivenni and Cerati-Fondi (Porsche Cayman).

Race-2, also of 50 minutes + 1 lap, will take place tomorrow at 15.15 and will be broadcast live by Raisport (FreeView 58), ACISPORT TV (SKY 228) and in live streaming from, Facebook and YouTube


GT3: There could not be a better debut in the Italian GT Championship for the BMW M4 GT3 and BMW factory drivers, Timo Glock and Jens Klingmann. The victory in the opening race is a good result for BMW Italia-Ceccato Racing Team, even though the first win has been eased in by an incident at the pit stop when a flawless Klingmann hit the British driver Middleton (Lamborghini Huracan GT3), who was taking over from Di Folco, that was in the lead of the race.

The victory was nevertheless deserved by the German pairing that displayed all its potential despite the wet conditions that required the start behind the safety car. In the first stint, the poleman Di Folco kept the lead from Klingmann, Guidetti, who recovered a couple of places early on, Di Amato, Greco, Panciatici and Galbiati. At the pit stop, after the incident involving Middleton, Glock inherited the lead of the race, proceeding Di Folco who did not hand the car over but served the stop due to the obvious impossibility of his co-equiper to take part in the race.

As the track was gradually improving, Glock did not have problems keeping the lead from Di Folco and Moncini, who took over from Guidetti, and Gai, who replaced Panciatici. The closing laps did not see any position changes on top, but Imperiale Racing’s car was handed 1 minute of penalty for not changing the driver, despite this being for major forces.

Next to Glock-Klingmann Guidetti-Moncini (Honda NSX GT3-Nova Race) and Gai-Panciatici (Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo-Scuderia Baldini) rounded off the podium, while Galbiati-Cressoni (Mercedes AMG GT3-Antonelli Motorsport) were fourth and led Di Amato-Urcera (Ferrari488 GT3 Evo-Scuderia Baldini), Greco-Guerra, that were the first of PRO-AM in the Honda NSX GT3 run by Nova Race, Di Giusto-Cecotto (Lamborghini Huracan) and Di Folco-Middleton, that were relegated to P8 by the penalty.

The top ten was rounded off by the ninth place of Agostini-Vebster (Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo-Easy Race) and the tenth of Rappange-Pesce (Mercedes AMG GT3-Antonelli Motorsport). The victory of GT3 AM went to Alessandro Cozzi (Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo-AF Corse) and P2 to Butti-Patrinicola (Audi R8 LMS-Audi Sport Italia), that climbed all the way up from the last row of the grid after some clutch problems in qualifying.

GT CUP/GT4: The race of the single-make configured cars has been very exciting too. The victory went to the Lamborghini Huracan ST of Team Italy driven by Barri-Scalvini that recovered from the starting P5. Barri recovered a couple of places at the start before handing the car over to Scalvini, who ended the race leading Mazzola-Coluccio (Ferrari 488 Challenge-Easy Race), Pera-Piccioli (Porsche 991 GT3 Cup-Ebimotors), Andres Mendez (Lamborghini Huracan ST-Bonaldi Motorsport) and Berton-Buttarelli, that were the first of GT4 AM in the Ferrari 488 Challenge of SR&R.

The fifth place of Pro-Am went to Pegoraro-Carboni (Lamborghini Huracan ST-Antonelli Motorsport), P6 to Kodric-Vairani (Lamborghini Huracan ST-Bonaldi Motorsport); the Croatian driver has been a great protagonist of the first stint that he led. The seventh place went to Gattuso-Mainetti (Porsche 991 GT3 Cup-KMS), which proceeded Fishbaum-Pavlovic (Lamborghini Huracan ST-Bonaldi Motorsport), Linossi-Piria (Tsunami RT) and Amaduzzi-Nelson (Ebimotors) in the Porsche 991 GT3 Cup. In GT Cup AM, behind Berton-Buttarelli, Ghezzi-Pichler (Autorlando) were second and led Tazio Pieri (KMS) and Leo-Poppy (AB Motorsport), all in the Porsche 991 GT3 Cup.

The Mercedes AMG of Nova Race scored a great one-two in GT4 as Marchetti-Schjerpen took the victory leading Ferri-Bencivenni and the Porsche Cayman of Cerati-Fondi (Autorlando).

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