At long last, Dywa GP is back and infinitely more cars finished at Enna than the last time. PRE-QUALIFYING REPORT
Pre-Qualifying was marred with controversy after it transpired that the wrong team was told they failed to qualify. A number of teams only had one car set a time, and these teams were placed behind all teams who had both cars set a single lap. Though LATE should have failed to pre-qualify, the officials told Automotive SuperSport that they DNPQ'ed, and this error wasn't realised until after the race. The mistake has been attributed to a clerical error. As a result, however, Automotive SuperSport will be exempt from pre-qualifying for the following round at Imola. In any case, the fasted team overall in pre-qualifying was the new Soviet effort Racing Team of Friendship Socialist Countries, spearheaded by Dywa GP winner Nikolai Zorbin. The fastest overall time was set by 1978 Dywa GP runner-up Mike Zhen Hong, though his teammate, Hoji Imin, did not set a time.
- Racing Team of Friendship Socialist Countries: 3:28.483
- Bambini di San Marino: 3:29.026
- DYWA-HARD: 3.29.928
- Vaillante Équipe Dywa: 3:30.670
- Reception Carrot Team: 3:31.706
- Scuderia Verona: 3:32.928
- Great Leap Backward: 1:43.392
- Blockton Impact: 1:44.582
- Dickenson-Lightley: 1:44.803
- Order of Racing: 1:45.365
- Motorsports de Boulangerie Cochon Rose: 1:45.664
- Macchina Automobili Giorgio Armani: 1:45.693
- Automotive SuperSport: 1:47.683 (DNPQ by mistake)
- LATE: 1:48.252
Qualifying was marred by accidents, in particular at the Pineta chicane. Many drivers were unable to navigate the corner without mistake, and this led to many drivers failing to set a time in at least one session, or badly compromising the laps that they did set. A combination of both of these woes befell Heywood Jablowme, whose sole representative lap was 25 seconds off the pace as a result; in many ways, the resultant DNQ vindicates Dickenson-Lightley's plans to replace him from Imola onwards with Uruguayan Javier Scarpetta. On pole was Italian Leopoldo Faraldo, but Soviet rookie Shota Kakhaberidze impressed on debut to put the nascent Blockton Impact on the front row.RACE REPORT
Faraldo was unable to do much with his pole position, and within just a few corners, rookie Jacques Clouseau had passed both him and Kakhaberidze to take a comfortable lead. Further down the field, Ouragan would be punted off violently by Amalure Arrigorriagakoa as she came to lap him very early on. Clouseau would maintain the lead until his pit-stop, whereupon Kakhaberidze took over. The Soviet driver certainly had the pace to win (in fact, he set the fastest lap of the race), but unfortunately, he suffered one of many suspension failures to occur over the duration of the race. His team boss, the American Marcus Blockton, seemed pleased that the TV cameras got a good view of the phone number advertised on the car's bulkhead. Attrition was to be the name of the game, and cars started dropping like flies as the race progressed."Good, good! Hell yeah! That's a perfect shot of the phone number!" — Marcus Blockton
The enigmatic Sentenza took the lead following Kakhaberidze's retirement, only for his engine to fail, handing the lead to Amalure Arrigorriagakoa. Clouseau was unable to threaten for the lead, for his gearbox packed up on him. Arrigorriagakoa was unable to convert this lead into a victory, as her engine also failed with just a few laps to go. Kakhaberidze's teammate, Max Speed, was now in prime position for a stunning debut win, with only three cars running as he came to start the final lap.
But there was one final twist to come, for his suspension would fail on this last lap, relegating him to a third place despite not finishing. Against all odds, Michel Vaillant would take the chequered flag in a story for the ages, and only last year's championship runner-up, Mike Zhen Hong, was also still on-track at the end of the race. Both drivers had driven rather unremarkable races, with multiple spins (including one each on the final lap), but somehow they were able to avoid inducing any mechanical failures on their Dywa-002s, and for this they were duly rewarded. Max Speed was classified third, despite failing to finish. Canadian rookie Pol Pott, Vaillant's teammate, was classified fourth, and the remaining two points positions were taken by Amalure Arrigorriagakoa and Giacomo Campatelli.Michel Vaillant takes his second career Dywa GP victoryFINAL CLASSIFICATIONFASTEST LAPSDrive of the Race
: Michel Vaillant/Mike Zhen Hong — the first drivers to complete a full race distance around Enna-Pergusa in Dywa GP history.Reject of the Race
: Heywood Jablowme — being as far off the pace as he was in qualifying was pretty inexcusable, and this total dearth of pace has made Dickenson-Lightley's decision before the weekend that he would be replaced after it look almost inspired.INJURY REPORT
Ouragan was vibe-checked by Amalure Arrigorriagakoa.
1-15: Suffers a concussion and becomes a better driver
16-35: Bruising — 'reduced' stats
36-55: Dislocated hip — misses one race
56-75: Broken collarbone — misses three races
76-89: Broken pelvis — misses rest of season
90-99: Blunt force trauma — Second RNG...
100: He suffers a concussion and he becomes the best driver of all time12!
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