ETCC: Monza awards ceremony
The first-ever LG Super Racing Weekend prize-giving was held in the luxurious Principe di Savoia hotel, in the centre of Milan, on Sunday evening. Barely two hours after the action finished on the track, teams, drivers and members of the ...
The first-ever LG Super Racing Weekend prize-giving was held in the luxurious Principe di Savoia hotel, in the centre of Milan, on Sunday evening. Barely two hours after the action finished on the track, teams, drivers and members of the organisation of the FIA European Touring Car Championship, FIA GT Championship, Eurocup Formula Renault V6, Renault Sport Clio Trophy and Renault Sport Clio Elf International Cup all gathered for cocktails, dinner and the awards ceremony.
A simple yet effective awards ceremony, punctuated by video clips, saw this year's Champion drivers, teams and manufacturers accept their trophies. There were also a number of special awards. Roberto Conti, a photographer for Italian agency Photo 4, took the 'Photo of the Year', with an unusual picture of a plane taking off in front of FIA ETCC grid at Anderstorp. JMB Racing driver Andrea Bertolini received the award for the Drivers Performance of the Year, both for his impressive tally of wins and pole positions, and for his rapid improvement over a relatively short motorsports career.
The promoters of the Brno and Monza events shared the trophy for the Promoter of the Year, for their excellence in running their respective rounds of the LG Super Racing Weekend.
The newly-crowned Champions were all on hand to receive their awards; Gabriele Tarquini, for the FIA ETCC, with second-placed Jorg Muller and third-placed Andy Priaulx. BMW won the Manufacturers title, ahead of Alfa Romeo and SEAT. In the FIA GT, Matteo Bobbi and Thomas Biagi won in the GT category, with their team-mates Fabrizio Gollin and Luca Cappellari second, and Enzo Calderari and Lilian Bryner third. BMS Scuderia Italia won the Teams Championship, followed by Lister Racing and Care Racing. In the N-GT category, Stephane Ortelli and Marc Lieb were victorious, with JMB Racing team-mates Fabrizio De Simone and Andrea Bertolini second and third respectively. In the Teams Championship, Team Maranello Concessionaires N-GT were third, JMB Racing second and Freisinger Motorsport took the title. Jose Maria Lopez won the inaugural Eurocup Formula Renault V6 title, ahead of Neel Jani and Kosuke Matsuura. ARTA-Signature won the Teams title ahead of DAMS and Victory by Cram. The Rangoni brothers dominated the Clio series, with Luca taking his fourth successive Trophy title, while Michael won the Clio Cup.
After celebrating the 2003 season, the evening finished with a look forward to 2004, with an exciting calendar, which includes the possibility of heading to far-flung locations such as Dubai, while adding circuits like Imola and Valencia (yet to be confirmed). It should be another exciting season for the FIA GT Championship, the FIA European Touring Car Championship and two Renault single-seater series, the Eurocup Formula Renault V6, and the Formula Renault 2000 cars.
Special Awards :
Photo of the Year : Roberto Conti (Photo 4)
Drivers' Performance of the Year : Andrea Bertolini (JMB Racing)
Promoter of the Year : Brno and Monza (equal first)
FIA European Touring Car Championship
1. Gabriele Tarquini (ITA - Autodelta)
2. Jorg Muller (GER - BMW Team Deutschland)
3. Andy Priaulx (GBR - BMW Team Great Britain)
2. Alfa Romeo
Note : The final results are suspended, pending the results of fuel test and ECU examinations on Tarquini, Tom Coronel and Jorg Muller's cars; and also pending the national appeal lodged by Carly Motors against the Stewards' decision, which rejected their protest against Tarquini for the collision with Duncan Huisman at the start of the second race in Monza.
FIA GT Championship
GT Teams :
1. BMS Scuderia Italia (ITA)
2. Lister Racing (GBR)
3. Care Racing (GBR)
1. Matteo Bobbi and Thomas Biagi (ITA - BMS Scuderia Italia)
2. Luca Cappellari and Fabrizio Gollin (ITA - BMS Scuderia Italia)
3. Lilian Bryner and Enzo Calderari (SUI - Care Racing)
N-GT Teams :
1. Freisigner Motorsport (GER)
2. JMB Racing (FRA)
3. Team Maranello Concessionaires (GBR)
1. Stephane Ortelli and Marc Lieb (MON /GER - Freisinger Motorsport)
2. Fabrizio De Simone (ITA - JMB Racing)
3. Andrea Bertolini (ITA - JMB Racing)
Note : The International Court of Appeal, which met in Paris on Tuesday October 21st, concerning the exclusion of the nr 14 Lister Storm from the results of Oschersleben, upheld the decision of the Stewards and confirmed the exclusion. The results are therefore only provisional pending the results of the anti-doping tests carried out in Estoril.
Eurocup Formula Renault V6
1. Jose Maria Lopez (ARG - DAMS)
2. Neel Jani (SUI - Jenzer Motorsport)
3. Kosuke Matsuura (JPN - ARTA-Signature)
1. ARTA-Signature (FRA)
2. DAMS (FRA)
3. Jenzer Motorsport (SUI)
Renault Sport Clio Trophy
1. Luca Rangoni (ITA )
2. Stefano D'Aste (ITA)
3. Vito Postiglione (ITA)
Renault Sport Clio Elf International Cup
1. Michael Rangoni (ITA)
2. Stephane Lemeret (BEL)
3. Pierre-Yves Corthals (BEL)
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