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Lining up on row 4 on the reversed grid ahead of the afternoon race both Audi rookies were preparing to make their way up through the grid. However despite both Kristoffersson and Schoeffler getting a clean getaway from the rolling start, both drivers had rather to avoid being caught in opening lap melees than looking ahead.
None the less by the end of the first lap KMS Motorsport’s RS5 was all over the back of Max Mugelli’s M3, whilst the Tuscan’s team mate Giovanni Berton was leading ahead of then-Series leader Liuzzi. Another BMW, this one in the hands of Biagi, was Schoeffler’s target as well as the relevant P6. Morbidelli, who had had a remarkable start was already sneaking into the Top10 by Lap2.
At this stage the limelight belonged to Kristoffersson, who didn’t miss the chance to grab another fastest lap as he was zeroing on Liuzzi’s runner-up spot. Liuzzi was able to fend off the Swede charge for three more laps, until he made his successful move at Roma corner and set sights on the leading BMW. Outside the Top3 the plot was as entertaining: Schoeffler wasn’t fazed by either Biagi or Giancarlo Fisichella’s CV and moved past both to clinch P4. Morbidelli followed suit a few moments later in a quick but one-sided duel among F1 graduates. The leading spot was claimed for good by Kristoffersson’s RS5 on Lap8 with a clean overtaking at the Esses. New-comer Berton then drove home in P2. P3 was another story, as Mugelli fought tooth and nail to edge Liuzzi’s Mercedes: he kept under pressure the former Red Bull Junior until his tyres performance dropped, on Lap11. Liuzzi then slipped to a meager seventh place that meant an undisputed first place in the series for Kristoffersson. But his fellow Audi drivers hadn’t called it a day yet as Schoeffler wasn’t happy without his second consecutive podium finish. On the final lap he had a very last try to make an overtaking manoeuvre at the hairpin but possibly Mugelli wasn’t close enough and in doing so the Singen-based rookie left the door open to Morbidelli. The Italian rolled the dice even briefly going past the MTM Motorsport RS5. The Audis even swiped each other but without any serious damage, which urged the drivers to settle their race positions as held on the previous lap at 4th and 5th.
1. JOHAN KRISTOFFERSSON (AUDI RS5) 16 laps, average speed 142.149 kph
2. THOMAS SCHOEFFLER (AUDI RS5) + 2.281s
3. Thomas Biagi (BMW) + 10.266s
4. Tonio Liuzzi (AMG Mercedes) + 11.849s
5. Camilo Zurcher (AMG Mercedes) +15.599s
2. Giovanni Berton (BMW) +3.655s
3. Max Mugelli (BMW) + 7.034s
4. THOMAS SCHOEFFLER (AUDI RS5) +7.918s
5. GIANNI MORBIDELLI (AUDI RS5) +8.252s