Stage 3 - 2200cc-3299cc Class - Report
Close start from the Caliban and the Hanson Halberd, who shoot off as leaders very early on. The racing a bit further is very close as well, with in particular the Bramble and the JHW passing the first checkpoint simultaneously (and dangerously two-wide on these narrow streets).
The Scagliati goes for an unfortunate spin just outside the industrial district; possible due to some oil on the road, and is the first to have to let go off the main lead pack. Those folliwng either are suffering, like the Barricada, which does not look to be very stable in the corners, or the Wisconsin Motors baja car, which appears to be a bit too powerful for a dash through narrow streets. The rear is all over the place.
The worst start is for the Boccaccino and the Puttzalong Inglese.
Very unfortunate sector for the Caliban, which falls back immensely here, being passed by the Bramble, JHW, Pfeil-Vogtland, Giusseppe, Luxor, Falcon, and the Ardent.
The Civetta does not like the Squarelli slums, and not only because the car is too stately for the area. It simply cannot find grip on the horrible road surfaces there, and the car drops to a disappointing last place.
The Juggernaut Kulkuri is proving to be the king of the one tire fire out here and the Birmingham looks truly a handful to control as well. They are way back from where the action is by now.
The Puttzalong Inglese meanwhile has overtaken the Puttzalong Leeroy on the climb towards Squarelli.
The Bricksley Chieftain is showing visible discomfort at being pushed hard in the high-speed corners. The Ardent as well looks decidedly unhappy about this non-going-in-a-straight-line shenanigans at speed, but at least it’s going fast.
A the front, still the Hanson, now joined by the Falcon. The Caliban is moving back up as well and is challenging the stately Luxor for third. The JHW meanwhile is falling back, and the Bramble had issues necessitating a small stop, dropping it back into the mid of the field.
The Boccaccino has had a few moments already, but its down towards San Giulia than things properly go wrong; first tagging a guard rails and damaging the front left, the Fruinian sports car drags to the left, right into a pillar of an overpass. The crash is tremendous, and the drivers are pulled out and sent to hospital.
Another loss of control for the Scagliati, the driver Mazzanti having serious issues this stage keeping the large tourer in check. The guardrail of a bridge is hit this time, so additional time is lost checking up for damage.
Not the best sector for the Luxor, which needs to give up in the podium place battle, and settle for a top 10 place. The Ardent meanwhile makes a last mad dash towards the front.
This is one unlucky Corso for the Pfeil-Vogtland. The Graf and his driver are completing a good stage, when suddenly the rear snaps round, flinging the car into a low wall, heavily damaging the wheels on the right side.