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Longo, Capra Pick Up smart e-cup Wins at Adria

Lorenzo Longo and Piergiorgio Capra each win in smart EQ fortwo e-cup’s visit to Adria…

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Lorenzo Longo and Piergiorgio Capra took a win each during the smart EQ fortwo e-cup’s visit to Adria International Raceway on Saturday and Sunday.

Longo secured his second consecutive win for Team Novelli 1934 in Saturday evening’s opening race, while Team Venus’ Capra stood on the top step of the podium for the first time.

Longo moved into the lead from third at the start of Race 1, running ahead of Capra, Vittorio Ghirelli and Nicola Baldan.

Capra initially finished second after eight laps at the north-east Italian track, although a five-second time penalty dropped him down to fourth in the final standings.

This allowed Baldan to be classified second after a drive through the field from sixth on the grid, with Ghirelli completing the podium.

Baldan crossed the line 6.191 seconds behind Longo, while Capra had finished just 3.047 seconds off the lead.

Capra had a much better run on Sunday morning in Race 2, starting from fifth and taking the victory ahead of Ghirelli.

A battle for the podium positions between Marco Panzavuota, Michele Spoldi and Alfonso Chiarini brought out the safety car on the second lap, however.

Chiarini took the lead on the restart but was later passed by Capra after a tense battle which saw the pair run almost side-by-side for half a lap.

Capra made the move stick on the sixth of seven laps, initially finishing 0.711 seconds clear of Chiarini.

Chiarini, however, was deemed responsible for the incident that brought out the safety car and was given a 25-second time penalty, demoting him to 16th.

Giuseppe Bodega placed third in the final standings, while Race 1 winner Longo came home sixth.

The 20-car field included series debutant Baldan, who finished second in Race 1.

Baldan was crowned 2017 TCR Italy champion and has since gone on to race in the Italian GT Championship in an Antonelli Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 this season.

Championship protagonists Fulvio Ferri, Giuseppe De Pasquale and Gianluca Carboni all had disappointing results at Adria, with Ghirelli benefitting to move into the championship lead.

On 103 points, Ghirelli now sits nine points ahead of De Pasquale, with Longo third.


Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is e-racing365's Managing Editor and also European Editor for Sportscar365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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