Monza scores confirm Magnoni as leading driver in the Italian GT class standings with 2 rounds to go
Of late, Nova Race had swapped the domestic sprints staged by the Italian GT series for international endurance meetings. However, as the Monza event beckoned, the Correggio, Italy-based team decided to enter its Ultra-specs GT3 Audi for homeboys Luca Magnoni and Alessandro Marchetti, who both hail from Varese - less than an hour drive away. It proved a successful move, as at their home track the newly-formed pair stepped onto the GT3 Light class podium twice, claiming a surprise win on Saturday and a 3rd place on Sunday.
During race one the drivers were very good at making the most of their Audi R8 LMS Ultra: on wet the good balance of the German sportscar helped Magnoni to make up ground on the class leading Ferrari, snatching the GT3 Light top spot from Matteo Davenia -who had set the class fastest lap on the grid- on lap 9 before handing the wheel to Marchetti. The latter, in spite of a couple of near misses, was brilliant in his first race at the wheel of the Audi claiming besides the class win a surprising 7th place overall, not far from late-specs GT3 cars.
Yesterday Magnoni and Marchetti drove an unflappable race posting a third place behind the two 458 Italia Ferraris. Under a bright autumn sun, the "temple of speed" returned to smile to the horsepower of the Prancing Horse cars, according to the forecasts. Marchetti, moving from the seventh row with the third time in the GT3 Light category, didn't put a wheel wrong giving the steering wheel to Magnoni at the fifteenth lap. Magnoni ended his turn without any surprises whatsoever. The podium finish on Sunday, the sixth of the domestic season for Magnoni,propels him to 107 points in the GT3 Light standings, followed by an old Nova Race acquaintance: Matteo Cressoni, who has collected 62 points so far.