Three for the title: the 2017 Lotus Cup Italia final will be in Imola
As usual, Imola will be the theater of the final battle of Lotus Cup Italia, a 2017 edition that has reserved so far great emotions and surprises. They will be in three to play the title on the 4,909 meters of the circuit dedicated to Enzo & Dino Ferrari, with so many outsiders ready to shuffle cards on a weekend that is predicting cardiopalm.
From the top of the standings, Swiss Franco Nespoli arrives in Emilia with a remarkable advantage in terms of points in the overall standings compared to his direct opponents: however, the head of Cipriani Motorsport comes from a Race 2 in Vallelunga is not perfect, which did not allow him to close the games at anytime. To take advantage of it are the two youngsters of the Lotus Cup Italia, Giacomo Giubergia and Stefano Pasotti rosters: if the Torino home of Pellin Racing has spent a weekend with a few skyscrapers for over fifteen days or I'm still on the go important points (thanks to a sixth and a fourth place), the Bresciano champion in charge could count only on Race 2 in order to keep the hopes for the final laurel alive, as the decibel of one pneumatic has deprived him of a possible higher step of the podium in the first run; the detachment for them from the peak is 31 and 35 points respectively, a wide but not unbreakable gap.
Those who may be the needle of the fundamental balance for the championship will surely be Vincenzo Sauto: the LG Motorsport Sicilian has been the author of a capital performance in the second race in Vallelunga, claiming all his experience at the height of a positive weekend who has seen him constantly occupy the top positions. Imola will return to the wheel for another two riders not to be underestimated, Filippo Manassero and Mario Minella: both of whom are important performers this year, the two Turin have decided to run "alone", bringing the team led by Stefano Pellin to deploy a third Lotus Elise Cup PB-R. Absent Marco Fumagalli for work commitments, to keep the flag with colors Johnny Rapina high will have three names, starting with Stefano Zerbi, who will have to redeem the black weekend from which he comes, where the breakage of the engine has persecuted him for all the time, event, depriving him of important points in the Pirelli Cup standings; next to the Black & Gold car, Jurgen Heidenhofer and Giovanni Ciraso will be there, with the Austrian returning to the Lotus Cup after Monza's debut, while the second will make Santerno his debut in the tricolor series dedicated to the sport of Hethel.
At Imola there will also be an Elise Cup PB-R officially deployed by PB Racing, that is what one will see at the wheel of the two winners of the Lotus Cup Speed Championship, Marco Pozzi and Swiss Manuel Fretti, who have distinguished themselves in the championship reserved for road vehicles winning the prize awarded by the Bergamasco organizer. At home Cipriani Motorsport, besides Nespoli, confirmed the other three Elise Cup PB-Rs deployed by the Tuscan team, with Paolo Ferraresi coming to the side of Fabio Rezzonico while on the red # 43 there will be Francesco Liberatore, with the monegasco Andrea Giuliani to complete the row on the white-yellow-blue British car; to close the listed list the other pilot coming from the Principality, Vito Utzieri, who is definitely comfortable on the wet in Vallelunga and always among the over 50 stars.
The weekend of Lotus Cup Italia in Imola will open on Friday, September 29, with the two free practice rounds, scheduled at 13:45 and 17:20 respectively, while Saturday will be the qualifying round valid for the two starting grids (14 o'clock); Sunday the two races on the way at 09:05 and 13:45 on the distance of 25 minutes. Both, as well as the qualification, will be live streaming on www.lotuscup.it while HEY DJ Radio will broadcast backgrounds, interviews and curiosities from the Lotus Village; For those who would like to see the emotions of the weekend directly at Imola (with 15 scheduled races), the entrance to the car will be free of charge.