Autodromo dell’Umbria – higher often known as Magione Racetrack – is a small circuit positioned in Central Italy. Located within the quiet, inexperienced area of Umbria it’s distant from the enduring Italian tracks, however the format and size (2.50km/1.55mi) is similar to Tsukuba Circuit, making it excellent for time assault.
Central Italy isn’t actually well-known for time assault although, and right here, like virtually all of Southern Europe, it’s not straightforward to seek out massive numbers of hardcore fans. The preferred motorsports on this area are slaloms and uphills, historic racing and observe days.
Nevertheless, this didn’t cease me and my mates Riccardo (Mocini) and Stefano (Trapè) from placing on this time assault occasion in November final yr. We named it the Magione Superbattle.
It began a few years in the past throughout a visit to Japan – particularly, a day trip at Tsukuba Circuit for a Battle Evome time assault occasion. The ambiance on the occasion wasn’t like something I had ever skilled earlier than. The individuals, the standard of the automobiles and the enduring location itself – it was all superb and never one thing I’ll ever neglect it. Anybody who has attended a serious time assault occasion in Japan will certainly perceive what I’m speaking about.
We needed the Magione Superbattle to be distinctive and, most significantly, have some actual Japanese taste to it.
On that time, we have to give particular due to one of the vital necessary individuals in time assault – Daisuke Aoki, the CEO of Japan’s high time assault collection, Assault. Daisuke-san gave us an enormous hand with the lessons and guidelines usually, however, most significantly, he gave us the true Assault spirit and supported us by permitting use of the Assault brand. Grazie, Daisuke!
Attributable to numerous Italian rules, the occasion was restricted to highway authorized automobiles, however these have been cut up into numerous lessons dependant on chassis and engine configuration – FWD Naturally Aspirated, RWD Naturally Aspirated, FWD Turbo, RWD Turbo, AWD. We additionally added an Open class for supercars and something that didn’t fall into one of many primary classes.
Along with this, we allowed guests to park their automobiles contained in the paddock which created an actual group ambiance, one thing we’ve all missed over the previous few years.
There was quite a lot of selection within the competitors entries. Consistent with time assault custom, many automobiles have been of Japanese origin, however in fact, being in Italy there have been simply as many European fashions.
Tires have been capped at semi-slicks with no restrict on dimension, and the identical went for aero – something was eligible. We determined to maintain this side free to draw as many automobiles as doable.
The most effective time of the day was a 1.17.423 lap from a lightly-tuned Ferrari 488GTB, and this set the benchmark for future Magione Superbattle occasions. It goes to point out how good these automobiles are straight from Maranello.
Whereas there isn’t any official lap report for a highway automobile at Magione Circuit, these of us who’ve been residing at this racetrack for a few years know that it is a nice time. Hopefully we’ll get to see it challenged in years to return although.
Our dream is for the Magione Superbattle to develop into an annual occasion, attracting time assault fans from throughout Italy and past.
Pictures by Ivan Caravona
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