Competitions: Valentino Rossi Audi R8 not completed / GT World Challenge

Competitions: Valentino Rossi Audi R8 not completed / GT World Challenge


A great start to Valentino Rossi’s home weekend. “Il Dottore” collided with a competitor as he entered the pits. As a result, his colleague Frédéric Vervisch was forced to park early.

The motorsport season on four wheels is still not going according to Valentino Rossi’s plan. In the last weekend of the race at Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands, the nine-time world champion only managed the midfield. In the current race weekend in the Misano circuit, the 43-year-old and his teammate Frédéric Vervisch were even forced to accept retirement. In preparation, Rossi was looking forward to appearing in Misano, because the race track is a few minutes from where Tavullia lives. Accordingly, he (literally) knows every stone there.

Rossi first completed the qualification. In 585 hp Audi R8 LMS GT3 evo II from the Belgian WRT team, he set a time of 1: 32.246 minutes. He was 0.978 seconds behind the man sitting on the pole, which meant 15th place on the grid.

The local hero also completed the first part of the race in about an hour. In the first turbulent round, Rossi climbed to 14th place. However, because of a race accident, the race director had to send a security vehicle on the road immediately. Thus, positions were previously created. Another competitor rushed into the pits during a careless run, which put Rossi in 13th place.

When the race was resumed, the Italian remained in 13th place. Therefore, WRT team managers decided to summon Rossi-Audi as soon as the pit window opened. At the door, however, Rossi contacted a competitor.

Fellow teammate Frédéric Vervisch joined Audi and wanted to create more spaces. But a few minutes later he headed for the holes again. That meant a loss for Rossi / Vervisch. “We still do not know what exactly happened,” said an official Audi Sport driver from Belgium. “It must have been something with Vale and a competitor getting into the ditch. But we’re still not 100 percent sure. But the damage was too great to continue. So we decided to stop to protect the car for tomorrow.”

Charles Weerts and Dries Vanthoor won in another WRT Audi. The second race starts around 2:45 pm on Sunday. So the action can be viewed on the stream.