Filippo Maria Zanin and Paolo Maria Silvestrini are the winners of the fifth round of the MINI Challenge Italia at the Mugello circuit. Two exciting races marked the final round of the series that will decide its only winner on the banks of Santerno, at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola at the end of October. The fight will be between Filippo Maria Zanin and Gabriele Giorgi who also put on a show in Mugello, fighting in both races. Among the MINI Challenge Academy drivers, twice for the Finnish Sylvestersson.
In race 1, the first row of Filippo Fant and Filippo Maria Zanin, but Silvestrini immediately takes the lead ahead of the wild Zanin who tries to worry the reigning MINI Challenge champion. The battle heats up, but during the second lap contact between Contessi and Erika Lavazza puts the MINI Challenge Academy driver out of action, forcing the Safety Car onto the track. At the restart Silvestrini maintained the lead ahead of Zanin, Macari and Giorgi, but the lead lasted only one lap with Zanin who, at San Donato, took a textbook pass. Maccari loses space and ends up spinning after swinging by Gabriele Giorgi. There was also an open battle between the youngsters from the Academy as Desiderio and Sylvestersson fought for victory without being held back. Silvestrini also gives the place to Giorgi and starts to fight for the podium with Fant. Under the checkered flag, Filippo Maria Zanin (Middle and Della Pia Engineering) cheers ahead of Gabriele Giorgi (MINI Roma and Progetto E20 Motorsport) and Filippo Fant (Ceccato Motors and CZ Bassano RT) who arrive in the race, but Giorgi after race. he was penalized for contact with Maccari and Paolo Maria Silvestrini (BYmyCAR Milano and Progetto E20 Motorsport) took the third step of the podium. In the Academy, the Finn Sylvestersson wins, followed on the podium by Desiderio and Martinelli.
Silvestrini pulls away in the early stages of the second race with Giorgi and Zanin fighting for the podium and Maccari waiting for the moves of the two title contenders. Zanin exaggerates in his defense of Giorgi and is given a chance which causes him to slip to seventh place. Maccari overtakes Giorgi for second place with Palazzo and Gentili closing in and worrying the duo for the podium. First it is Gentili who tries Palazzo, without luck, then it is Palazzo who passes the home rider, Gabriele Giorgi. Silvestrini wins by a margin of ups and downs at Mugello ahead of Edoardo Maccari and Andrea Palazzo. Among the MINI Challenge Academy youngsters, Benjamin Silvestersson once again won ahead of Matteo Martinelli and Federico Desiderio who changed positions on the podium compared to race 1.
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