The Sicilian driver in Franciacorta Motori’s Fiat 508C excelled ahead of Loperfido-Moretti in Classic Team’s Lancia Aprilia and Gaggioli-Pierini in Promotor Classic’s Fiat 508C.

30.04.2023 – It was Mario Passanante and Alessandro Molgora who won the 2nd Mugello Road Circuit, a regularity race organized by the Automobile Club of Italy, ACI Storico, AC Firenze and Scuderia Automobilistica Clemente Biondetti valid as the third round of the Italian Epoca Championship 2023.

The Sicilian driver completed a level-headed race at the wheel of his Fiat 508C flying the Franciacorta Motori flag, repeating the success obtained last March at the Rievocazione Storica coppa Milano-Sanremo, the previous round of the series, which confirm him as an absolute protagonist of the championship.

Passanante led the race with extreme consistency, a fundamental aspect for this discipline, a pace that allowed him to hoist himself to the lead already at the end of the first leg thanks to the excellent results obtained in both time trials and media trials. In the end Passanante came out on top, also winning the RC2 Category. In second place overall and in Category Fabio Loperfido and Alessandro Moretti on the Classic Team’s Lancia Aprilia. Third place and in Category for Marco Gaggioli and Andrea Pierini in another Fiat 508C from Promotor Classic, who won the media trials.

The trio challenged for the lead throughout the race, held over two days, which differed in conformation and were judged to be very entertaining and complete by the competitors. On Saturday, the cars started from the enchanting setting of Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence to contest the longer fraction with passages from Chianti, Cavriglia, Arezzo, Casentino with Bibbiena and Poppi and arrival at the Consuma Pass.

Instead, the second day retraced the legendary roads of what was once the Mugello Road Circuit, one of Italy’s oldest road races. The cars thus reached Scarperia where the tricolor flag was raised from the Piazza dei Vicari for this evocative moment of the competition. Through the Giogo Pass, Fiorenzuola, the Futa Pass and the very famous cypress-lined avenue of Galliano, the cars then touched Barberino di Mugello and arrived at the Mugello Circuit where, after finishing the competitive part, they were able to put their wheels inside the International Circuit for an evocative closing parade.

Tante le sfide che hanno costellato la manifestazione, non soltanto per l’assoluto ma anche e soprattutto per le Categorie. La Categoria RC1 è andata a Gianmario Fontanella ed Annamaria Covelli che hanno portato in gara una Lancia Lambda Casaro del 1927 e sono partiti con il numero 1. La RC3 ha invece premiato Maurizio Magnoni e Marisa Vanoni su Porsche 356 del Registro Italiano Porsche 356, mentre in RC4 sono stati Dario Converso e Federica Ameglio a portare a casa la massima soddisfazione con la loro Innocenti Leyland Cooper battente bandiera A.C. Verona Historic. Successo straniero in RC5 con l’affermazione di Raf Rigore e Kurt Reekmans su una curiosa Ferrari 400l.

Many challenges dotted the event, not only for the absolute but also and especially for the Categories. Category RC1 went to Gianmario Fontanella and Annamaria Covelli, who brought a 1927 Lancia Lambda Casaro to the race and started with the number 1. RC3 instead rewarded Maurizio Magnoni and Marisa Vanoni on a Porsche 356 of the Italian Porsche 356 Registry, while in RC4 it was Dario Converso and Federica Ameglio who brought home top honors with their Innocenti Leyland Cooper flying the A.C. Verona Historic flag. Foreign success in RC5 was achieved by Raf Rigore and Kurt Reekmans in a curious Ferrari 400l.

Following the Circuito Stradale del Mugello, reserved for historic cars built up to 1990, the Tributo Circuito Stradale reserved for GT road cars built since 1991 was also held on the same track. The winner was Giordano Mozzi, former winner of the 1000 Miglia and for several seasons engaged with supercars. The driver from Mantua, navigated by Luca Taesi, drove his Ferrari 458 Spider to success, which defended the colors of Progetto MITE, the initiative that allows visually impaired people to race as navigators. Behind him came Fabio Vergamini and Anna Maria Fabrizi in a Ferrari 488 GTB. Third was Graziano Mancinelli and Silvia Claudia Barberi in Ferrari 458 Speciale of the Ferrari Club Italia.

Classification 2nd Mugello Stradale Circuit: 1. Passanante-Molgora (Fiat 508C/Franciacorta Motori); 3. Loperfido-Moretti (Lancia Aprilia/Classic Team); 3. Gaggioli-Pierini (Fiat 508C/Promotor Classic); 4. Fontanella-Covelli (Lancia Lambda/Promotor Classic); 5. Di Pietra-Di Pietra (Fiat 508C); 6. Sisti-Gualandi (Lancia Lambda Casaro/Classic Team); 7. Moceri-Dicembre (Lancia Ardea/Classic Team); 8. Zanasi-Corneliani (Fiat 508C/Classic Team); 9. Belotti-Plebani (Bugatti 37A/Brescia Corse), 10. Magnoni-Vanoni (Porsche 356/Registro Italiano Porsche 356)

The Italian Epoca Championship will continue July 19-23 with the fourth event, the Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti scheduled in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

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