The Minicar Trophy was held yesterday at the beautiful Miniautodromo Jody Scheckter track in Fiorano, Italy. The race featured both national and international top driver entries, and is widely seen as the opening race of the outdoor season in mid-northern Italy. In the highly competitive 1/8th Nitro On-road class it was Massari to take the TQ honour, followed by Solaroli and Mazzeo. The final would see a completely different story though, with Mattia Collavo outclassing the whole field also thanks to his risky tyre strategy that paid dividends towards the end of the race. Changing tyres mid-race, this allowed him to have a much faster pace in the closing minutes, and to recover from a costly fuel strategy to edge Luca Conte and take a convincing victory on his debut with the new ARC R8.1. Luca Conte closed in second with his Shepherd while the podium was completed by the Xray of Alessio Mazzeo.
The 200mm class saw German front runner Thilo Tödtmann take the TQ ahead of Manuel Strano and Davide Gallesi. At the end of the exciting 30-minutes final it was the Capricorn of Italian youngster Strano to cross the line in first place with a comfortable 2-lap lead over Tödtmann, whose Shepherd experienced a coming together with a back marker, and four laps over the Serpent of Michele Scaglioni.