Russia wins inaugural FIA Motorsport Games at Vallelunga
• Six gold medals split between as many National Sporting Authorities
• Closing ceremony concludes three days of competition
Two more medals – one of them gold – helped Russia become inaugural FIA Motorsport Games champions on the third and final day of competition at Vallelunga.
Klim Gavrilov’s Touring Car Cup victory plus a Karting Slalom Cup bronze courtesy of Olesia Vashchuk and Vladislav Bushuev’s helped Russia climb the medal table following Ilia Fedorov’s third place in the Drifting Cup final last night.
Australia and hosts Italy finished joint second with a gold and bronze apiece, while third was shared between the Netherlands, Ukraine and Japan, who all won a solitary gold.
All medallists, including those from Saturday’s Digital Cup and Drifting Cup finals, were recognised during this evening’s closing ceremony at Vallelunga where the first-ever FIA Motorsport Games officially drew to a close.
Victor Kiryanov, President of the Russian Automobile Federation: “I am very proud of my drivers and those who have helped the team to win this weekend. I am also proud of the Russian Federation and their support, without which this victory would not have been possible. I would like to thank the FIA President, Jean Todt, for creating this kind of competition, which did not exist before. And I must also congratulate the Italian Federation for being the first to stage the FIA Motorsport Games. It has been a great event.”
TOURING CAR CUP – GOLD: RUSSIA | SILVER: BELGIUM | BRONZE: SLOVAKIA
Klim Gavrilov moved Russia to the top of the FIA Motorsport Games medal table before the final event after converting his overnight points advantage into Touring Car Cup gold. Race 2 victory for Gilles Magnus helped Belgium claim their second silver medal of this year’s competition while Mato Homola took bronze for Slovakia.
Two Safety Car periods and light drizzle played their part in an entertaining medal showdown at Vallelunga where Magnus’ straightforward lights-to-flag victory left Gavrilov with no choice but to finish second.
Tom Coronel’s late pressure ensured it was far from easy, but Gavrilov held on to win the gold medal that ultimately saw Russia crowned FIA Motorsport Games champions.
GT CUP – GOLD: JAPAN | SILVER: POLAND | BRONZE: AUSTRALIA
Hiroshi Hamaguchi and Ukyo Sasahara of Japan took GT Cup gold by triumphing in a rain-affected medal showdown. Hamaguchi started from third on the grid but had soon moved into the lead and handed over to Sasahara with a sizeable advantage.
Heavy rain led to much of the one-hour race’s second half being run behind the Safety Car, though Sasahara looked untroubled during the green flag periods.
Poland collected the silver medal after starting from the front of the grid, rewarding Andrzej Lewandowski and Artur Janosz for a consistent weekend, while Australia took bronze thanks to a measured drive from father-son duo Stephen and Brenton Grove.
FORMULA 4 CUP – GOLD: ITALY | SILVER: GERMANY | BRONZE: FINLAND
Andrea Rosso claimed victory in Formula 4 Cup’s Main Race to seal Italy’s first gold and second medal of this year’s FIA Motorsport Games.
Germany’s Niklas Kruetten and Finland’s William Alatalo completed the podium when a late-race Safety Car period dashed the hopes of long-time leader Ido Cohen.
The Israeli started from pole and controlled the first half of the 27-minute encounter, which began in damp but drying conditions, but lost the lead to Rosso with just five minutes remaining. He would lose further ground after the subsequent Safety Car period when Kruetten and Alatalo made decisive moves in quick succession.
KARTING SLALOM CUP – GOLD: NETHERLANDS | SILVER: BELGIUM | BRONZE: RUSSIA
Nina Pothof and Bastiaan van Loenen clinched Karting Slalom Cup gold at the FIA Motorsport Games by seeing off regional rivals Belgium in a closely fought final contest. The medal hopefuls were whittled down to eight nations on Saturday, with just three rounds remaining on Sunday to decide which young duo would leave Vallelunga with the gold.
And it was the Netherlands who prevailed during a close-run contest in which consistency trumped outright speed.
Antoine Morlet, who shared Belgium’s entry with Manon Degotte, was the star performer during the first runs thanks to a blistering best of 48.929s. The Dutch were close on both, however, and with Pothof and Van Loenen producing consistent efforts it was they who emerged victorious. The winning margin was a mere 3.925s, but it was enough to give the Dutch gold.
Olesia Vashchuk and Vladislav Bushuev added to Russia’s medal tally by beating Portugal in the bronze match-up.
Team UK tenth in Race-2 at Vallelunga
Adverse weather conditions put a damper on proceedings in the second GT Cup race, as part of the FIA Motorsports Games held at Vallelunga. For the Ferrari crews in action in the race, the final result did not live up to prior expectations, hampering any bid for the final medals which will be awarded at the end of this afternoon’s scheduled programme at the circuit near Rome.
After a start overseen by the Safety Car, the battle got underway three laps later, but the ever increasing downfall, in addition to causing several cars to go off-track – among them the 488 GT3 of Team Russia holding fifth place – forced race stewards to again call out the Safety Car, before subsequently halting the race. Some thirty minutes later, with the track once again race-worthy, operations resumed with a re-start to the race which would run for a further thirty minutes. In the interim period in the pits, the teams were given the authorization to carry out driver swaps, with the Bronze-level drivers set to be replaced in their respective vehicles by those of Silver. With the most competitive of the Ferrari crews – that of Team Russia – now out of the running, Maranello machinery occupied tenth position courtesy of the U.S. crew, eleventh place for Belarus, fourteenth for Great Britain, with the Italian race team in twentieth, after not having had a lap reinstated after ending up in the gravel moments before the Safety Car entrance. Mid-group, Haigh gained the tenth spot with Team Britain’s 488 GT3, while Ferriol, representing the USA, slipped down the order to thirteenth place. The battle for tenth place between Turkey, Great Britain and Denmark livened up the race although lap times nevertheless rose. With three minutes left to run, contact with the Mercedes of the Chinese team sent the American Ferrari into a spin, and a lap latter, Team Denmark’s Jens Reno Muller collided with the Ferrari of Gianluca Roda Sr. As the chequered flag unfurled, the fastest Prancing Horse car across the line was that of Team UK, posting tenth, followed by Belarus in fifteenth. It proved a tricky race for the other Ferrari outfits with Italy finishing nineteenth, the U.S. crew in twenty-first and the Russian squad twenty-second.