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Diego GuggiariScuderia Vittoria left a scorching Silverstone circuit in high spirits after a strong showing from the driver pairing of Ben Constanduros and Diego Guggiari in rounds 17 & 18 of the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge.

Race two saw the ever-enthusiastic Guggiari and Constanduros line up in 10th and 11th position respectively, and both drivers got off the line well as pack of Ginetta’s charged into Copse for the first time.

The opening exchanges of the seven lap race saw Guggiari and Constanduros run inside the top ten in eighth and tenth position respectively, before a charging Guggiari spun at Abbey as he pushed to attack the top six, dropping him down to 14th position in the process.

Running in ninth position, Constanduros set his sights on chasing down Johnson and O’Brien to establish himself further within the top ten as he looked to equal his best ever finish of seventh in the series.

Constanduros, son of legendary Formula One commentator, Bob, and also a World Touring Car Championship commentator himself, pushed Johnson hard, going through Copse nose-to-tail on the sixth lap before eventually overtaking his stubborn championship counterpart followed by O’Brien as the race concluded.

After recovering from his spin in 14th position, Gugguari impressed for the remainder of the race as he worked his way through to complete the race in 11th position.

The final race of the weekend in the Ginetta backed championship proved to be a thrilling encounter for all to view.

Starting from seventh position on the grid, Constanduros determined to end his season on a high, surged off the line well to complete the first lap of the race in third position, hot-on-the-heels of the leaders out front in the opening stages, while Guggiari established himself inside the top ten in ninth position from 11th.

Pushing hard in third, Constanduros remained determined to gain his first podium of the season until he was issued a five second penalty on the sixth lap of the race for exceeding the track limits whilst in contention with the front-runners.

A tireless effort from Guggiari, saw the Uruguayan run as high as eighth position in the proceedings during the eight lap race, but the Irwin Tools backed driver eventually crossed the line in ninth position to deliver his second top ten finish of the weekend.

Remaining at loggerheads with the front six, Contstanduros kept in contention to protect his top six finish from the remainder of his championship counterparts to take the chequered flag in sixth, he would later be promoted to fifth due to the exclusion of Gary Simms.

“For the first time this year I managed to get a relatively good start off the line,” said Constanduros. “Luckily there wasn’t any chaos at Copse and then I managed to take advantage of a four car battle at Stowe to put me into third by the end of the first lap.”

“It was great to get a chance to play with the front-runners, but unfortunately the cooler conditions meant that my tyres weren’t quite at optimum temperature, giving me oversteer issues and later leading to a five second penalty, but I have my best result so it’s a great way to end the season.”

“This year has been very tough, I’ve sat for eight years commentating and judging drivers either at a circuit or on TV, and when you get into the cockpit you realise that there is so much for going on for them. We’ll see what happens for next year now, but Scuderia Vittoria would be a great team to stay with.”

Guggiari added, “I managed to get a good start off the line which was very important for me starting back in 11th position.” Said Guggiari.

“We managed to put ourselves in a great position as I moved into the top ten during the opening stages of the race. Unfortunately towards the closing stages I started to lose power so I had to settle for ninth.”

“Overall, I’m happy with the way that we have progressed this weekend. I think that looking ahead to Donington, we are more than capable of running within the top six all weekend, maybe we can even push for our first podium of the season.”

Scuderia Vittoria will resume action in the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge in three weeks time as the championship moves to Donington Park in Leicestershire.

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Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Diego GuggiariDiego Guggiari and Ben Constanduros overcame an eventful curtain-raiser in the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge today (8th September), to seal seventh and eleventh position respectively, as round 16 of the championship got underway at the world-renowned Silverstone circuit.

Starting side-by-side on the fifth row of the grid, Constanduros, renowned for his commentary on the World Touring Car Championship, immediately surged to seventh position as the pack of ambitious racers entered Copse for the first time, leaving a hesitant Guggiari to settle for ninth position at the end of the first lap.

The Scuderia Vittoria pairing who are currently competing their first season in the Ginetta backed championship, continued to progress during the opening stages of the race after an incident involving Rick Parfitt and William Burns, saw Constanduros climb to sixth, with Guggiari close behind in eighth.

With the front five breaking away from the remainder of the pack, thrilling bumper-to-bumper racing soon changed the proceedings further back on lap four, due to Guggiari taking advantage of a tussle between Constanduros and Johnson in front to move up to sixth. Guggiari charged on but Constanduros found himself demoted to eighth position in the shuffle.

Continuing to impress on his first outing at Silverstone, Guggiari was soon caught by a recovering Rick Parfitt in the latter stages of the race. Parfitt took advantage of his experience at the Northamptonshire venue to snatch sixth position from the Uruguayan.

With three laps to go, Constanduros became involved in a tense battle with Gary Simms, Graham Johnson, and Ryan Ratcliffe, dropping to eleventh position in the process, but a red flag situation on lap five of the race involving William Burns at Becketts, ended the race prematurely.

“I didn’t make the best of starts off the line because my revs were too low and there was a lot of action at the first corner,” said Guggiari. “Once I got my head down, I managed to set some competitive lap times which put me back into contention. Overall I’m really pleased with the moves that I made on my championship counterparts.”

“We have set a very good foundation ahead of tomorrow, so I would like to think that we could challenge for a podium before the weekend is over.”

Constanduros said, “I made a very good start and exited copse for the first time in seventh position. Unfortunately I wasn’t quite close enough to the top six to benefit from slipstream on the first lap of the race, and gradually started to lose the tow and momentum.”

“In general I didn’t quite have the pace today and this saw me drop back to 11th which is slightly frustrating, but we start race two in a similar position tomorrow and I’m looking forward to getting back out on track.”

Round 17 of the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge will get underway tomorrow, Sunday, 9th September, at 09:20, followed by round 18 at 17:10.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Diego GuggiariScuderia Vittoria head to the world-renowned Silverstone circuit this weekend (8/9 September), for the penultimate round of the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge, holding high hopes of a strong showing at the Northamptonshire venue.

The leading team renowned for their success in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship and AirAsia Renault Clio Cup, have started life in the Ginetta championship on a positive note with drivers Ben Constanduros and Diego Guggiari both behind the wheel of Ginetta G40 machinery in their debut season.

Guggiari, a newcomer to the UK motorsport scene in 2012, approaches this weekend’s round at Silverstone having never previously raced on the circuit, but after sealing three top six finishes at Cadwell Park, and performing well at Snetterton 300, Guggiari will be confident of breaking into the top six this weekend.

“I’m very excited to be racing at Silverstone,” said Guggiari. “The weekend will present a new challenge as I have never previously raced there, but after our strong showing over the last two rounds, I’m confident that I can adapt well to earn some strong results.”

Constanduros arrives at Silverstone this weekend for what will be his final meeting in the championship due to commentary commitments in Bahrain for the World Endurance Championship. After establishing himself over the second half of the season, Constanduros will be aiming to complete his season on a positive note.

“Silverstone is a circuit that I have been looking forward to racing on all year,” explained Constanduros.

“Due to my commitments with the WEC in Bahrain this will be my last meeting for the year, so I’d like to continue to stabilise my run of good form and enjoy myself this weekend.”

For more updates throughout the race weekend, please like Scuderia Vittoria’s Facebook page or follow @ScudVittoria on Twitter.

Diego GuggiariScuderia Vittoria’s Ben Constanduros and Diego Guggiari took positive strides forward in their TOTAL Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge campaigns this weekend (4/5 August), at Norfolk’s renowned 2.969 mile Snetterton 300 circuit.

The pairing, both in their first season of racing in the series that supports the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, started the weekend well, immediately at home with the G40 machinery on their first attempt at the technical 300 layout.

Qualifying for the weekend’s two races saw WTCC commentator, Ben Constanduros, edge into the top ten on his return to action after missing the Cadwell Park meeting due to commentary commitments in Curitiba, whilst despite suffering a clutch issue for the majority of the session, Guggiari was able to bank one fast lap of 2 minutes 13.969 seconds to complete the session in 13th position. Second fastest times from the session would see Constanduros and Guggiari line up in 12th and 20th respectively.

With monsoon rain over the circuit, the TOTAL Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge got underway in wet conditions. Constanduros immediately placed himself on the attack as the lights went out, and having overtaken three cars into the first corner and a fourth at the hairpin, Constanduros would complete the first lap in sixth position with Guggiari in ninth after a good opening lap also.

As the race progressed, Constanduros soon came under increased pressure from Rick Parfitt Jnr, and despite showing real determination to defend the position to seal his best finish in the championship to date, Parfitt would edge his way past followed by the recovering G40′s of Lee Mowle and David Barker, leaving Constanduros to settle for ninth at the chequered flag.

Despite making a solid start to the 20 minute race, Uruguayan Guggiari was left unable to halt the charge of Brad Bailey, and would complete the first race of the weekend in 11th position as the track started to dry out, affecting the set -up of the car.

Race two would see the pack of Ginetta’s take to the track in dry conditions, and as the lights went out it was Guggiari who shone on the opening lap, working his way through the field from 20th position to complete the first lap in tenth, meanwhile Constanduros weary of the incoming cloud approaching the circuit, fought his way up to a creditable fifth.

The Scuderia Vittoria challengers remained on the move but as the race went on Constanduros soon found himself in a tussle with Rick Parfitt Jnr for sixth position, causing the renowned commentator to miss his braking point at Riches, leaving him wide on the grass and only able to recover to eighth position by the finish line.

After displaying the outright pace that he possessed at Snetterton over the course of the weekend, Guggiari brought home his Ginetta in tenth position to seal another top ten placing to add to his recent collection.

“This weekend has definitely been a very positive one, it’s been my strongest weekend to date in the series,” said Constanduros. “Scuderia Vittoria have had the car running very well and we have dealt with the tricky conditions out there very well together.”

“We share a very common goal of moving forward and I’m really looking forward to moving on to Silverstone now as it is a track that I know very well, I think that the results will be very strong.”

Guggiari remained pleased with the way that his weekend had gone despite being unable to show his pace in Free Practice during qualifying.

“Our pace was very strong in testing on Friday which was very encouraging,” explained Guggiari. “It was great to be back racing with Scuderia Vittoria this weekend but unfortunately the rest of the weekend didn’t go quite to plan. I am however looking forward to heading to Silverstone where I believe that I can really push for some top six finishes.”

The TOTAL Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge will now move to Silverstone for more bumper-to-bumper action in five weeks time on 8/9 September.

For more updates throughout the race weekend, please like Scuderia Vittoria’s Facebook page or follow @ScudVittoria on Twitter.