GT World Challenge Europe, in Imola victory for the WRT # 32 team. Rossi closes 17th

Valentino Rossi’s first race in the GT World Challenge Europe ends with a 17th place. Victory for the # 32 crew of the WRT team with Dries Vanthoor, Charles Weerts and Kelvin van der Linde. Next round at Brands Hatch in May (first round Sprint)


The first race of the GTWC EU 2022. A wonderful race that has seen flow 3 hours in the Imola circuit very quickly. Valentino Rossi made its debut in the central part of the race, in stint number 2, taking over from his teammate Nico Müller. A race pace not far from the best, the one imposed by the 9-time world champion of motorcycles, who managed to recover up to 13th position compared to the 15th starting point on 52 participants. One step and one that has even touched up the personal best of qualifying, making it clear how much there is still a need for kilometers in a category occupied by sacred monsters that make GT a very difficult championship and one of the most competitive in the world.

The only mistake in a pretty good debut

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The only drawback: the return to Pit-Stop during the safety car which saw Valentino miss the right lay-by, thus forcing Rossi to leave the pits before returning to the next lap. The situation was complicated by the numerous cars that chose the same strategy when returning during the safety car regime. An error that does not cancel a very positive performance at the beginning. Race that in the final part then experienced ups and downs with the alternation of some incidents which however gave a show in the duel on for the last step of the podium between theAudi R8 by Mattia Drudi del Tresor by Car Collection and the Mercedes AMG of Luca Stolz of Get Speed, which emerged from the German after a close fight and a few exciting doors. In front of all the WRT number 32, poleman and reigning champion of GTWC 2021, who opens the season with a clear and measured victory over Mercerdes with Team AKKODIS ASP. First round in Italian colors, with Raffaele Marciello conquering the first podium of the season in second position and launching the challenge to the reigning champions. Now we fly to England for Round 2 of the season and the first of the Sprint category in the circuit of Brands-Hatch. Appointment on May 1st!

That’s how qualifying went

As in the second tests (pre-qualifying) on ​​Saturday, two Audi and a Mercedes in front of everyone. Thus ended the qualification in Imola: Charles Weert’s crew # 32 is in command of a Team WRT R8. Audi also in second place on the grid, as mentioned, in third was the Mercedes # 88. Hereinafter i times.


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