April 5, 2007

Alberto Picco wins Rd1 of Italian Nats

Alberto Picco wins Rd1 of Italian Nats

Last weekend saw the first round of the 1/8th scale Italian Nationals held at the Angri track, which stepped in to host the round after the Messina track pulled out a few weeks before the event was due to be run. As it is a World Championship year the Italian Nationals are being run in Worlds format, which means 10 minute qualifiers and 1 hour main finals and when the qualifying was over it was Alberto Picco, driving a Mugen, that took the TQ spot ahead of Serpent racer Massimo Fantini, Danielle Ielasi for Kyosho in 3rd and another Serpent of Andrea Cristiani in 4th.

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At the start of the race Alberto Picco moves into the lead followed by Collari, with Fantini in 3rd, which is the way it stays until Fantinis engine starts to run lean which drops him back. At the 30 minute mark Danielle Ielasi is in the 3rd position, but has to pull off after stripping the cars front belt, but not before setting the fastest lap of the race, all which allows Cristiani to move up into to the 3rd spot. Nearing the end of the race and its Collaris tun to run into some problems which slow him down and allow Cristiani to take the 2nd position while Collari drops back to third, which he holds onto to the end, despite having to nurse his car to the finish. At the end of the hour it was Alberto Picco, who was never touched throughout the race, that wins by less than a lap ahead of 2nd placed Andrea Cristiani with 7-time World Champion Lamberto Collari in 3rd.

Expert final results:
1. Picco Alberto – 272L 01:00:10.086
2. Cristiani Andrea – 271L 01:00:01.012
3. Collari Lamberto – 268L 01:00:12.314
4. Vanni Marco – 267L 01:00:04.743
5. Fantini Massimo – 265L 01:00:02.980
6. Calce Domenico – 253L 01:00:01.565
7. Puccinelli Stefano – 196L 01:00:05.258
8. Raiola Carmine – 187L 43:09.665
9. Romagnoli Michele – 179L 56:12.918
10. Ielasi Daniele – 121L 27:22.129

Source: Unoadieci [unoadieci.net]


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