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3. Coppa Sport

Autodromo Di Casale, Casale Monferrato, Italy

Date: 17/3/1974
Track length: 2.460 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted:
Starters: 14 (A)
Finishers: 8 (A);

Pole position: Lavazza (A); Amighini (C);
Fastest lap: Lavazza in 1.30,3 (A); Bernero in 1.20,7 (B); Amighini in 1.17,9 (C); Litrico in 1.14,3 (D); Finotto in 1.12,2 (E)

Distance: 32 laps
Average speed: 96,093 kmh (A); 97,291 kmh (B); 108,877 kmh (C); 117,765 kmh (D); 114,649 kmh (E)
Weather: Warm and sunny
Ruleset: Group 2/70
Car info: 1974 Cars

 

Casale opened the season - but with old cars, understandably after the oil crisis hit the western world.

500 cc
14 cars at the start, with Lavazza taking the lead after the start, leading “Don Cono” and Aliboni with Squarise fourth after a slow start. Squarise pressures Lavazza, but the latter only reacted by going faster and faster, shattering the lap record. Moriconi battled with Pesetti for third, but Moricone retired so fourth went to Reale.

600-700-850 cc
Like the 500 cc race, this race too a lot of cars fell by the wayside with mechanical troubles. Initially, the lead was disputed by Savoia, Bernero and Campani, while Mazzeschi (Giannini 650) spun at the first corner. In the 600 class "Yankee" and "Gin Tonic" stormed away from "Tibeli". In lap 12 Savoia retired with a broken gearbox, while the recovered Mazzeschi tried to get by "Yankee". In lap 20, Mazzeschi broke his half shaft with Carena taking over despite a very short pit stop. To complete the endless list of retirements, Campani was out of the race too, leaving the class to Bernero, and finally both teammates "Yankee" and “Gin Tonic " which had clearly dominated the class retired in a could of smoke; instead of a double victory the win went to Ricci.

1000-1150 cc
The race was not even underway or the series of technical problems continued: the Abarth of Amighini lost water, he could start but the makeshift repairs promised little. Binati (Abarth) was ahead, followed by Gilena (Fiat 128 Imberti), but Amighini soon fought back to second then passed Binati for first. After Paperone, Frasson and Piacento retired, Amighini dropped back now, handing the lead back to Binati. Behind Pezella, “Pad” and Famoso battled for third overall and they finished in that order.

1300 cc
Unfortunately, Colzani (second in qualifying) could not start. Pozzo took the lead with Ghislotti, Litrico, Zampatti and Manini, first of the Fiats, following. In lap 2, Litrico took over and with a wheel in the air for most of the race he stormed to a convincing win.
The Fiats had a difficult time; “York” retired, Galimberti spun and damaged his car, “Camathias” retired in the pits while Galmozzi never recovered from a disrupted start. Behind Litrico, Pozzo and Ghislotti diced for second, finishing in that order while Benusiglio rolled his car in the sand of the Parabolica, taking Manini out with him.

1600-2000-3000 cc
What was supposed to be the highlight of the day was much more monotonous than expected. At the first corner, Finotto got into the sand and Ruoso spun, delaying Colzani (Opel Ascona Conrero) and even stopping "Tatog" (Ford Capri Fritzinger). Behind them Gilardini (Escort TC) and “Alval” (Escort Broadspeed), while Ciardi retired at the second hairpin.
Finotto disappeared into the distance, behind him came the two come-back kids Colzani and Ruoso: the Conrero driver is going 10/10ths until he breaks the gear lever. Ruoso attacked and outbraked Colzani, but during the last lap the two made contact, Colzani losing second but Ruoso coming off worse, finishing in the catch fencing.


A: Group 2 under 500 cc
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1    
Fiat Giannini 500 TV Montecarlo
Piero Lavazza, I
499 L2 Group 2 500 32 laps, 49.09,0 1   1.30,3  
2 2    
Fiat Giannini 500 TV Montecarlo
Franco Squarise, I
499 L2 Group 2 500 32 laps, 49.13,0 2      
3 3    
Fiat 500
Pesetti, I
499 L2 Group 2 500 32 laps, 50.02,8        
4 4    
Fiat Giannini 500 TV Montecarlo
Reale, I
499 L2 Group 2 500 31        
5 5    
Fiat Giannini 500 TV Montecarlo
Simonini, I
499 L2 Group 2 500 31        
6 6    
Fiat Giannini 500 TV Montecarlo
Bucci, I
499 L2 Group 2 500 29        
7 7    
Fiat Giannini 500 TV Montecarlo
Moricone, I
499 L2 Group 2 500 28        
8 8    
Fiat Giannini 500 TV Montecarlo
Potenza, I
499 L2 Group 2 500 16        
DNF      
Fiat Giannini 500 TV Montecarlo
"Don Cono", I
499 L2 Group 2 500          
DNF      
Unknown
Aliboni, I
    Group 2 500          

B: Group 2 500-850 cc
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1    
Fiat Abarth 850 TC
Vittorio Bernero, I
847 L4 Group 2 850 29 laps, 44.01,8     1.20,7  
2 1    
Fiat Giannini 590 GT Vallelunga
Giacomo Ricci, I
586 L2 Group 2 600 29 laps, 44.04,4        
3 2    
Fiat Abarth 850 TC
Giancarlo Viotto, I
847 L4 Group 2 850 29 laps, 44.58,8        
4 3    
Fiat Abarth 850 TC
Francesco Pera, I
847 L4 Group 2 850 29 laps, 45.03,0        
  4    
Fiat Abarth 850 TC
Sergio Scalabrini, I
847 L4 Group 2 850 28        
  5    
Fiat Abarth 850 TC
Folin, I
847 L4 Group 2 850 28        
  2    
Fiat Abarth 595 SS
Rafanelli, I
594 L2 Group 2 600 27        
  1    
Fiat Giannini 650 NP Modena
Giovanni Carena, I
652 L2 Group 2 700 27 laps, 44.07,7        
  3    
Fiat Giannini 590 GT Vallelunga
"Yankee", I
586 L2 Group 2 600 24     1.24,6  
  4    
Fiat Giannini 590 GT Vallelunga
"Gin Tonic", I
586 L2 Group 2 600 24        
  2    
Fiat Giannini 650 NP Modena
Pezzola, I
652 L2 Group 2 700 24        
12 6    
Fiat Abarth 850 TC
Nino Campani, I
847 L4 Group 2 850 23        
13 3    
Fiat Giannini 650 NP Modena
Renato Mazzeschi, I
652 L2 Group 2 700 19     1.23,5 Half shaft
14 7    
Fiat Abarth 850 TC
Pietro Biselli, I
847 L4 Group 2 850 17        
DNF      
Fiat Abarth 850 TC
Arnoldo Savoia, I
847 L4 Group 2 850 11       Gearbox
DNF      
Fiat Abarth 595 SS
"Tibeli", I
594 L2 Group 2 600         Puncture

C: Group 2 850-1150 cc
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1    
Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR
Alessandro Binati, I
982 L4 Group 2 1000 32 laps, 43.22,7        
2 1    
Fiat Giannini 128 NP
Rosario Pezzella, I
1148 L4 Group 2 1150 32 laps, 43.26,1     1.18,9  
3 2    
Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR
"Pad", I
982 L4 Group 2 1000 32 laps, 43.30,4        
DSQ      
Fiat 128 Berlina
Fabio Siliprandi, I
1148 L4 Group 2 1150 32?       Missed post race scrutineering
4 3    
Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR
Santo Famoso, I
982 L4 Group 2 1000 32 laps, 43.31,8        
5 2    
Fiat Giannini 128 NP
Pier Luigi Aquilini, I
1148 L4 Group 2 1150 32 laps, 44.55,5        
6 4 94  
Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR
Rino Amighini, I
982 L4 Group 2 1000 31     1.17,9  
7 3    
Fiat Giannini 128 NP
Giuliano Battistini, I
1148 L4 Group 2 1150 26        
  5    
BMC Mini Cooper
Giovanni Pasotti, I
998 L4 Group 2 1000 23        
  6    
Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR
Bogiatto, I
982 L4 Group 2 1000 23        
  4   Trivellato Racing
Fiat 128 coupé 1100
"Paperone", I
1148 L4 Group 2 1150 23       Steering
DNF      
Fiat Giannini 128 NP
Alfio Frasson, I
1148 L4 Group 2 1150 8       Accident
DNF      
Fiat Abarth 1000 TCR
Luigi Piacentini, I
982 L4 Group 2 1000 8        

D: Group 2 1150-1300 cc
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Mario Litrico, I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300 32 laps, 40.06,4 1   1.14,3  
2 2    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Luigi Pozzo, I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300 32 laps, 40.12,1        
3 3    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Duilio Ghislotti, I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300 32 laps, 40.12,6        
4 4    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Zampatti, I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300 32 laps, 40.47,5        
5 5    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Giordano Perego, I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300 31        
6 6    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Pietrino Tali, I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300 31        
7 7    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Carlo Franchi ("Gimax"), I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300 29        
8 8    
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
"Rod", I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300 29        
9 9    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Rossi, I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300 28        
10 10    
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Guglielmo Manini, I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300 22        
11 11    
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
"Machenna", I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300 20        
12 12    
Fiat 128
Romeo Galmozzi, I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300 16        
DNF     Trivellato Racing
Fiat 128
"York", I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300 1        
DNF     Valtellina Racing
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Giancarlo Galimberti, I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300         Accident damage
DNF     Valtellina Racing
Fiat 128 coupé 1300
Romeo Camathias, I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300          
DNF      
?Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Renato Benusiglio, I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300         Accident
DNS      
Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA Junior
Luigi Colzani, I
1290 L4 Group 2 1300   2     Holed piston

E: Group 2 over 1300 cc
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1    
Ford Escort RS 1600
Martino Finotto, I
1975 L4 Group 2 2000 32 laps, ?41.11,8     1.12,2  
2 2    
Ford Escort RS 1600
Aldo Valtellina ("Alval"), I
1975 L4 Group 2 2000 32 laps, ?42.09,6        
3 3   Conrero Squadra Corse
Opel Ascona 19 S
Luigi Colzani, I
1990 L4 Group 2 2000 32 laps, ?39.57,8        
  4    
Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm
Giuseppe Confortola, I
1999 L4 Group 2 2000 31        
  1    
Ford Escort TC
Franco Gilardini, I
1594 L4 Group 2 1600 31 laps, 41.06,7     1.17,0  
  5 167  
Ford Escort RS 1600
Mario Ruoso, I
1975 L4 Group 2 2000 30       Accident
  2    
BMW 1602
Luigi Pellanda, I
1573 L4 Group 2 1600 30        
  3    
Alfa Romeo 1600 GTV
Giulio Rossi, I
1570 L4 Group 2 1600 30        
  4    
Alfa Romeo 1600 GTV
Alfredo Santulli, I
1570 L4 Group 2 1600 30        
  5    
Alfa Romeo 1600 GTV
Zini, I
1570 L4 Group 2 1600 29        
  6    
BMW 1602
Silvano Campesan, I
1573 L4 Group 2 1600 29        
  1 173  
Opel Commodore GS 2800
Ricciardo Ricci, I
2998 L6 Group 2 3000 29 laps, ?41.13,8     1.19,5  
  2    
Ford Capri RS 2600
"Il Ragno", I
  V6 Group 2 3000 27        
  7    
BMW 1602
Ciro Nappi, I
1573 L4 Group 2 1600 25        
  8    
Alfa Romeo 1600 GTV
Gaudenzio Uboldi, I
1570 L4 Group 2 1600 22        
  9    
Alfa Romeo 1600 GTV
Stivala, I
1570 L4 Group 2 1600 18        
DNF      
Ford Capri RS 2600
Guido Gatto ("Tatog"), I
2935 V6 Group 2 3000          
DNF     Autosas
Ford Escort TC
Vittorio Ciardi, I
1594 L4 Group 2 1600