We made it! We left off final yr with hope that the Magione Superbattle would change into an annual occasion, attracting time assault fans from throughout Italy and Europe. Not solely did we succeed, this yr we made the occasion twice as huge. Two full days of observe motion with all the thrill that solely Japanese time assault occasions can present.
For individuals who missed final yr’s occasion recap on Speedhunters, allow us to provide you with a little bit of a backstory. The concept for this occasion began a few years in the past throughout a visit to Japan – particularly, a time out at Tsukuba Circuit for the now defunct Battle Evome.
The environment at Tsukuba was in contrast to something we had ever skilled earlier than. The individuals, the standard of the automobiles, and the enduring location itself was all superb and never one thing you possibly can ever neglect. Anybody who has attended a serious time assault occasion in Japan will certainly perceive what we’re speaking about.
Our thought was to deliver an identical occasion to Italy, and the selection of circuit fell on Autodromo dell’Umbria, Umberto Mario Borzacchini – higher often known as Magione Racetrack. Situated within the quiet, inexperienced area of Umbria, this circuit is much away from the enduring Italian tracks, however its structure and size (2.50km/1.55mi) is similar to Tsukuba TC2000, making it excellent for time assault.
The primary Magione Superbattle occasion final yr was contested over the course of a single day, however this yr we determined to step issues up. The 2023 occasion was run over two days, with free follow day on Saturday and the Superbattle on Sunday. The upside of this was extra observe time for individuals who travelled from afar (we had rivals from Portugal and Cyprus for example).
We doubled the attendance and introduced an excessive number of automobiles to the observe. Not solely that, we additionally launched a kei-model automotive class – inevitably Europeanized for minicars – to present extra individuals an alternative to compete within the Superbattle.
It didn’t take lengthy on Saturday for some respectable occasions lap occasions to be laid down, one thing helped by the low ambient temperature and drying asphalt. The lap occasions set on the follow day didn’t rely for Sunday’s Superbattle, however had been included within the circuit’s lap time rating checklist, which has been saved present since 2017 when the observe was resurfaced. The 50 quickest lap rating follows the one Choice journal retains for Tsukuba Circuit, and consists of class data.
Sadly, the climate wasn’t nice for Sunday. The drivers needed to struggle the rain and chilly, however that simply pushed them to set the perfect occasions they might within the moist. On common, lap occasions had been 5 seconds slower than within the dry, which I feel highlights the talent of the drivers, particularly these whose automobiles don’t have ABS or digital driving aids.
Within the coming years, we are going to do all the pieces doable to maintain this dream alive. That’s, returning yearly to the observe we prefer to name the ‘Italian Tsukuba’, the place an incredible number of automobiles, pushed by personal people, racing for pure enjoyable or to characterize a workshop, come collectively and revel in time assault racing in between a pasta dish and an arrosticino (skewered grilled meat) or two.
We’re devoted to creating the Magione Superbattle the reference time assault occasion in Italy. There are such a lot of individuals we’ve got to thank, each domestically and from abroad, who additionally wish to see the Superbattle succeed. Particular because of Raceproject, Superlap (Cyprus), 365 Shine, Mucho Carbon, Tsunamimotorengigneering, LAB, JP Storage, BARP, and AF Preparazioni.
Phrases by Alessio Cavaletti
& Alessio Papini
Pictures by Luigi Vetuschi
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