Category: Press KitTHE DOBERMANN IS BACK! Porsche Carrera Cup Italia ImolaVintage performance from the Dobermann, who shows his strength in an instant classic Imola weekend and comes back with a stunning podium.
The beginning of 2021 hasn’t been that satisfying result-wise, and it was crucial for Enrico Fulgenzi and his team Enrico Fulgenzi Racing to mark a turning point before diving into the summer break.
Already since Friday’s Free Practice it was loud and clear how fast the 99 GT3 Cup Gen II was strong and fast on race pace, despite some ABS system issues which raised the lap times by around 1,5 seconds bringing some bad balance under braking. Also Fulgenzi’s “love-story” with the Imola track showed up during the weekend, putting a lot of hype around the incoming qualifyinhg.
Qualifying has been held during an ultra-warm Saturday, which gave Enrico Fulgenzi’s 2018 Track Record a big test. Even though 32 competitors were striving to get that record it didn’t happen, and Enrico Fulgenzi will be the fastest man ever around the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari behind the wheel of the Porsche 991 GT3 Cup Gen II, due to the ride-switch to the 992 confirmed for 2022! Fulgenzi didn’t improve his record, but still managed to show some really strong pace during qualifying and got a P4 after the PQ2 shootout, which put him in second row for Race 1 start.
All the Motorsport and Porsche fans are going to remember Imola 2021’s Race 1 as a Carrera Cup Classic. It’s been one of the most spectacular and mind blowing Carrera Cup Races ever in which overtakes, contacts, crashes, bumps and safety cars went together to create some Pure one make series madness. The star of the race surely has been Jesi’s Dobermann, who turned the race on with a lot of unbelieavable battles and with an all-race long duel against Simone Iaquinta. Fulgenzi crossed the line 3rd, but classified 2nd due to a time-penality combined to Iaquinta for pushing Enrico out of the track at Acque Minerali’s corner. The overall standings from both races are still sub-judice due to some pending penalities.
Race 2 started with the top-6 grid switch from race one’s standings, which means a P5 starting position for Fulgenzi, who chose to play the Joker set of new tires to try climbing positions during lap 1. Sadly he didn’t manage to pass the group by in the first corners, being cleverly blocked by the guys in front, and then the race has been neutralized by two safety cars and a red flag which basically cut the running time by an half and didn’t give the drivers a lot of time to racce for their positions. Result being a 6th place, which isn’t that sweet considering that the #17 had the pace to score another podium easily with the chance to fight for it.
It’ still a nice weekend overall; the result is quite satisfying for Enrico Fulgenzi Racing: the team finally found and solved the technical issues which slowed them down in Mugello’s Round 2 and the performances bounced back. The team’s sporting schedule is now stopped until september, but there will be a lot of news coming out during the summer, including the team’s move to their new factory, some new driver’s announcement and a lot more. Make sure you follow both Enrico Fulgenzi and Enrico Fulgenzi Racing on social media channels and don’t lose the content brought to you by EFR!