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Italian GT Championship
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:03:22 PM »
Giancarlo Fisichella will be competing in the Italian GT Championship (link in Italian), including at least one round in April 29! This is quite a surprise, as Giancarlo usually only manages to do the 6 Ore di Vallelunga, when he does national-level races at all. He will race for the Baldini 27 team. The team-mate is currently unknown.

We can be sure that Giancarlo won't do the whole Italian GT Championship. This is because he has something slightly bigger to race at during the Misano weekend... ...the 24 Heures du Le Mans!

Giancarlo says that he's known the team boss, Fabio Baldini, for many years and he was eager to accept a place in such a professional team. The races, being so short, emphasise qualifying and the quality of the pit stop, and Giancarlo also says that (despite his vast experience) he will have to adapt a little because so many fast drivers are in Italian GT.

For his part, Fabio considers himself honoured that Giancarlo, "one of the best Italian drivers of all time" is joining his team. It is unusual a team would be willing to lose a driver like Eddie Cheever III, who has apparently given impeccable service. That Baldini is OK with this says a lot about how he sees Giancarlo.

In bocca al lupo a tutti in Baldini 27!

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Re: Italian GT Championship
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2018, 09:54:43 AM »
Stefano Gai will be Fisico's team-mate in the Baldini 27. I'm glad a decision has been made on this, given that their debut race together is only a week away...

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Re: Italian GT Championship
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2018, 10:52:11 AM »
Aaaaaaaand he's on pole!

Giancarlo Fisichella took his first pole for longer than I dare to remember (he usually lets his team-mates do qualifying, though I think he's been on pole once before in sportscars). This is something that I hope will happen more often, now that he is the indisputable lead driver in a GTE-Am car. Way to go, Fisico, and best wishes for the race!

(He's in Imola and I have no idea when the race is, but I believe it is later today).

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Re: Italian GT Championship
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2018, 11:27:00 PM »
Giancarlo and Stefano finished their first race together with victory and their second race in 2nd position! Not bad at all :D From the photo Fisico included, he had fun putting his Ferrari onto two wheels...
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Re: Italian GT Championship
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2018, 07:39:10 PM »
Because we all like happy Fisico podium photos...

Giancarlo and Stefano Gai won the Italian GT race at Mugello. The car ahead, the Easy Race Ferrari, had to serve a penalty because their line-up was too high-achieving (I believe it is Gold-Gold, whereas Fisico's car is Platinum-Bronze) and had to serve a penalty, and our dynamic duo kept everything tidy to allow themselves to pass when the penalty happened. Stefano is now leading the championship (Fisico is only not leading because he missed last round; he was kind of busy getting a podium at Le Mans...)

The next race is in Vallelunga on September 8th-9th.
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Re: Italian GT Championship
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2018, 07:43:52 PM »

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Re: Italian GT Championship
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2018, 09:00:53 PM »
Haven't been able to find a Race 1 result yet, but Race 2 went superlatively. Fisico and Stefano Gai won it Fisico looks delighted and quite right too :D Stefano is very much leading the championship (so would Fisico be if he hadn't interrupted his championship to take the fight to Porsche at Le Mans).

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Re: Italian GT Championship
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2018, 09:10:15 PM »
Fisico has posted a photo of Scuderia Baldini celebrating, with the simple caption "#teamspirit".

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Re: Italian GT Championship
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2018, 07:58:42 PM »
La Repubblica has an article on Fisico's victory :) The part about Fisico and Gai is translated below:

Italian GT Champion, Fisichella dominates Vallelunga

The Scueria Baldini Ferrari on top of the podium for Race 2 of the 5th round of the Italian GT Championship

It could not have been a better weekend for the Scuderia Baldini #27, competing on the Vallelunga track, with so much to celebrate openly. Giancarlo Fisichella and Stefano Gai on the top step of the podium of race 2, in the 5th round of the Italian GT championship.
 
A well-deserved victory for the two drivers, built by Fisichella in the first stint, when he followed the Ppleman Daniel Zampieri like a shadow, and defined by Gai with a shrewd and consistent second part of the race. His direct opponent, the 17-year-old Giacomo Altoč, after taking the car from Zampieri, had to discount the time handicap for the Race 1 win and nothing could trouble the leader of the championship.
 
For the colours of the Antonelli Motorsport, however, the Roman transferee has given a first and a second place, excellent to remain glued to Gai and remain in the race for the 2018 title.


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Re: Italian GT Championship
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2018, 09:03:31 PM »
He's done it again  ;D

Fisico and Stefano won the first of two races at Mugello. Here is a happy Fisico on top of the podium. The final race of the Italian GT season is tomorrow.