Andrea Cristiani reports – “One week and a half ago I received the 966 conversion kit. During the following evenings me and my father prepared the car. The assembly went very well with a perfect fitting of all parts. Great job Michael! Last week-end the world famous Fiorano track hosted the AS Hobby Racing trophy. My new 966 had been ready since a week but due to university exams I couldn’t put it on the track before… A lot of people took part to the race so it was a little risk to try the car for the first time in front of so many spectators…normally a new thing needs some adjustment to work perfectly and we know that the first impression is the most important! But we take this risk anyway… On saturday morning we arrived at the track; I was really anxious to test the new car! The weather was sunny but very cold with temperatures around 5°C. I immediatly started my Max XL9 to warm it up, then I put the car on the track and I felt good even if the track was still a bit dirt. In the morning I drove a 15.1 laptime that is very quick if the track is still not perfect.
So I felt very confident for the race. In the afternoon we had 2 rounds of qualifies that lasted 7 minutes instead of 5 due to new EFRA rules. I set the overnight pole ahead of another Serpent driver, Sandro Sammarini who took the second place. During qualify i set a 14.90 that is pretty close to the previous record of 14.87. On sunday mornig we had other two qualify rounds and before them I made some free practice. My car was simply perfect…In fact during the first round i set the new track record in 14.80 and in the second round I kept it down to 14.64!! The main final started at 16:30. Everithing was ok for me and I manteined the first place until the end winning with three laps advantage on Alberto Tedeschi (Serpent-Max) in 2nd and Sandro Sammarini in 3rd with Serpent-Max as well. At the end of the race everyone (me included) was really impressed by 966 performance! So congratulations to Serpent for the great job! Thanks to my dad Marcello and to my sponsors: Serpent, Max Power, Enneti, Zytec”
[Our thanks go to Serpent for this news]