The Romagna sunshine welcomed the Alfa Revival Cup caravan last weekend for the second round of the 2022 calendar. The Misano World Circuit, with its 4060 meters of hot asphalt and its braking on the limit, was the ideal setting for the Biscione Brand’s cars registered to the racing series acquired and organized this year by Canossa Racing.
Friday, June 17, was dedicated to registration and scrutineering, followed by free practice sessions. The crews, both veterans and newcomers, such as Leonardo Polegato Moretti with his GT Veloce and Nives Arvetti, for the first time a female driver on board of her GT Veloce number 69 paired with Giovanni Verga, not new to the racing world and back after a two-year hiatus, were thus able to sample the characteristics of the “Marco Simoncelli” and test the different adjustments of their cars, filling the air with the unmistakable roar of the Alfa engines.
The next day, as the temperature rose, tension and excitement became more palpable. During qualifying, the stopwatch immediately highlighted some regular names, such as Luigi and Niccolò Mercatali on their GTAm, followed by the crew composed by Ferraro and Crescenti, and young Davide Bertinelli. The return of Carlo Fabbrini, with his GT Veloce, did not go unnoticed as well as the crackling Alfetta GTV of the Mazzuoli – Bigliazzi duo.
The much-awaited race provided surprises and excitement to no end. The flying start immediately saw the Mercatali duo in the lead, tailed and soon overtaken by Ferraro and the iconic red-green GTAm of Bertinelli. The latter, from the second lap gained the first place, fending off numerous overtaking attempts. With lap 11 and the driver change, the race entered its final phase providing an exceptional spectacle thanks to a rocambolic series of chases and comebacks that made the situation uncertain until the very last.
In the final rush, with only a few minutes to go, Bertinelli retook the lead of the race and kept it until the checkered flag was waved, followed by the two GTAm, Crescenti – Ferraro, distanced by only one second, and by the two Mercatalis.
The racing battle was very open. Riccardo and Renzo Raimondi currently excel in the rankings, followed, with only one point, by Giovanni Verga. But nothing is decided yet. On the contrary, it is enough to scroll through the standings to understand how open the game still is, considering that in just over fifteen points there are as many as eleven competitors.
The second weekend, marked by adrenaline very high level of competitiveness, just came to a close but attention already goes to the next round of the Alfa Revival Cup, scheduled on September 9-10 at the Circuit of Vallelunga in the Lazio region.