Autodromo dell’Umbria – higher referred to as Magione Racetrack – is a small circuit situated in Central Italy. Positioned within the quiet, inexperienced area of Umbria it’s a ways clear of the enduring Italian tracks, however the format and duration (2.50km/1.55mi) is similar to Tsukuba Circuit, making it absolute best for time assault.
Central Italy isn’t in reality well-known for time assault despite the fact that, and right here, like nearly all of Southern Europe, it’s no longer simple to seek out massive numbers of hardcore fans. The preferred motorsports on this area are slaloms and uphills, historical racing and monitor days.
Then again, this didn’t forestall me and my buddies Riccardo (Mocini) and Stefano (Trapè) from striking on this time assault match in November closing 12 months. We named it the Magione Superbattle.
It began a few years in the past all the way through a commute to Japan – particularly, an afternoon out at Tsukuba Circuit for a Struggle Evome time assault match. The ambience on the match wasn’t like anything else I had ever skilled ahead of. The folks, the standard of the vehicles and the enduring location itself – it used to be all superb and no longer one thing I’ll ever put out of your mind it. Someone who has attended a significant time assault match in Japan will no doubt perceive what I’m speaking about.
We needed the Magione Superbattle to be distinctive and, most significantly, have some actual Jap taste to it.
On that time, we want to give particular due to one of the crucial necessary folks in time assault – Daisuke Aoki, the CEO of Japan’s most sensible time assault collection, Assault. Daisuke-san gave us a large hand with the categories and regulations normally, however, most significantly, he gave us the real Assault spirit and supported us by way of permitting use of the Assault emblem. Grazie, Daisuke!
Because of more than a few Italian laws, the development used to be restricted to highway criminal vehicles, however those have been cut up into a variety of categories dependant on chassis and engine configuration – FWD Naturally Aspirated, RWD Naturally Aspirated, FWD Turbo, RWD Turbo, AWD. We additionally added an Open magnificence for supercars and anything else that didn’t fall into one of the most primary classes.
Along with this, we allowed guests to park their vehicles throughout the paddock which created an actual neighborhood setting, one thing we’ve all ignored over the last few years.
There used to be numerous selection within the festival entries. In step with time assault custom, many vehicles have been of Jap starting place, however after all, being in Italy there have been simply as many Ecu fashions.
Tires have been capped at semi-slicks and not using a prohibit on measurement, and the similar went for aero – anything else used to be eligible. We determined to stay this facet unfastened to draw as many vehicles as conceivable.
The most efficient time of the day used to be a 1.17.423 lap from a lightly-tuned Ferrari 488GTB, and this set the benchmark for long run Magione Superbattle occasions. It is going to turn how just right those vehicles are instantly from Maranello.
Whilst there is not any legit lap report for a highway automobile at Magione Circuit, the ones folks who’ve been residing at this racetrack for a few years know that this can be a nice time. Optimistically we’ll get to peer it challenged in future years despite the fact that.
Our dream is for the Magione Superbattle to develop into an annual match, attracting time assault fans from far and wide Italy and past.
Images by way of Ivan Caravona
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