October 19, 2023: A great event for an incredible season. There couldn’t have been a better final stage for the Alfa Revival Cup 2023 than the Italian Speed Festival, which takes place this weekend (October 21th and 22th) at the Misano World Circuit.
In the four races held so far, the Alfa Revival Cup has provided excitement and entertainment, featuring electrifying showdowns and minor sporting dramas. It arrives at the final event with an open leaderboard and the protagonists having ample reasons to conclude the season in grand style.
With this backdrop, the final race of the Alfa Revival Cup, the one that will determine the 2023 champions, appears uncertain and rich in content. Teams and drivers are ready to shine in the setting of the Italian Speed Festival.
In the overall standings, Michael Erlich (Giulia Sprint GTA – OKP Alfa Delta Racing Team) leads the pack. He competes in the FTC 1600 category and faces fierce competition from drivers in the G2 TC 2000 category. The leading challengers pursuing the top spot, driving the fast Alfa GTAm cars, are Edoardo Caponi and Fabrizio Sabatini(GTAm – Jolly Car Squadra Corse). They come from a successful championship where they consistently raced at the front and secured two podium finishes in the recent races at Monza and Vallelunga.
In third place, there’s another intriguing duo, composed of Roberto Restelli and Peter Bachofen (GTAm – OKP Alfa Delta Racing Team). They are also very fast and consistently on the podium. They have paid a high price for the forfeit they had to give in Monza; otherwise, Restelli-Bachofen would have an even higher point total.
Davide Bertinelli (GTAm – Scuderia AB Motorsport) is fourth overall and is in great form after achieving back-to-back victories in the scorching races at Monza and Vallelunga. Both of Bertinelli’s wins came after spectacular and closely contested battles, with Franco Monguzzi (GTAm – Scuderia Clemente Biondetti) at Monza and with Daniele Perfetti (GTAm – OKP Alfa Delta Racing Team) and Roberto Restelli at Vallelunga.
Don’t underestimate the flying German, Mathias Korber (GTAm – OKP Alfa Delta Racing Team), always at the forefront and an excellent second place at the Red Bull Ring. The experienced German driver is fifth overall, despite missing the Vallelungaevent, and arrives in Misano with a good chance of making a comeback.
Among the drivers who haven’t yet realized their full potential but have the qualities to aim for the podium are Matteo Kamata(GTAm – OKP Alfa Delta Racing Team) and the pairs composed of Emilio Petrone-Giacomo Barri (GTAm – OKP Alfa Delta Racing Team) and Francesco Liberatore-Francesco Zadotti (Scuderia del Grifone). The latter two are challenging the powerful GTAm cars in a sleek Alfetta GT6 2500, with good results, but they haven’t managed to step onto the podium yet. The Italian Speed Festival could be the right event for them to achieve a satisfying result.
So far, the only one to accomplish the feat of reaching the overall podium with a model other than a GTAm is Peter Praller(Formula GT), who finished second in Austria, driving his Giulia Sprint GTA.
Let’s prepare to enjoy these two days of show, talk, track, and Alfa Revival Cup within the grand event organized by Canossa, with the Italian Speed Festival delivering the 2023 champions.
1 Free Practice Session of 25’
1 Qualifying Session of 30’
1 Race of 60’
The Canossa Team