Autodromo dell’Umbria – higher referred to as Magione Racetrack – is a small circuit situated 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 good 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 search out massive numbers of hardcore fans. The preferred motorsports on this area are slaloms and uphills, historic racing and monitor days.
Nonetheless, this didn’t cease me and my buddies 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 time out 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 folks, the standard of the vehicles and the enduring location itself – it was all wonderful 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 wished the Magione Superbattle to be distinctive and, most significantly, have some actual Japanese taste to it.
On that time, we have to give particular because of probably the most necessary folks in time assault – Daisuke Aoki, the CEO of Japan’s prime time assault sequence, Assault. Daisuke-san gave us a giant hand with the courses and guidelines basically, however, most significantly, he gave us the true Assault spirit and supported us by permitting use of the Assault brand. Grazie, Daisuke!
Because of numerous Italian rules, the occasion was restricted to highway authorized vehicles, however these have been break up into numerous courses 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 vehicles contained in the paddock which created an actual group ambiance, one thing we’ve all missed over the previous few years.
There was lots of selection within the competitors entries. Consistent with time assault custom, many vehicles have been of Japanese origin, however after all, 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 facet free to draw as many vehicles as attainable.
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 indicate how good these vehicles are straight from Maranello.
Whereas there isn’t any official lap document 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 turn into an annual occasion, attracting time assault fans from throughout Italy and past.
Pictures by Ivan Caravona
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