FIA: Russia wins inaugural FIA Motorsport Games at Vallelunga

FIA: Russia wins inaugural FIA Motorsport Games at Vallelunga

• Six gold medals split between as many National Sporting Authorities
• Closing ceremony concludes three days of competition

Two more medals – one of them gold – helped Russia become inaugural FIA Motorsport Games champions on the third and final day of competition at Vallelunga.

Klim Gavrilov’s Touring Car Cup victory plus a Karting Slalom Cup bronze courtesy of Olesia Vashchuk and Vladislav Bushuev’s helped Russia climb the medal table following Ilia Fedorov’s third place in the Drifting Cup final last night.

Australia and hosts Italy finished joint second with a gold and bronze apiece, while third was shared between the Netherlands, Ukraine and Japan, who all won a solitary gold.

All medallists, including those from Saturday’s Digital Cup and Drifting Cup finals, were recognised during this evening’s closing ceremony at Vallelunga where the first-ever FIA Motorsport Games officially drew to a close.

Victor Kiryanov, President of the Russian Automobile Federation: “I am very proud of my drivers and those who have helped the team to win this weekend. I am also proud of the Russian Federation and their support, without which this victory would not have been possible. I would like to thank the FIA President, Jean Todt, for creating this kind of competition, which did not exist before. And I must also congratulate the Italian Federation for being the first to stage the FIA Motorsport Games. It has been a great event.”

TOURING CAR CUP – GOLD: RUSSIA | SILVER: BELGIUM | BRONZE: SLOVAKIA

Klim Gavrilov moved Russia to the top of the FIA Motorsport Games medal table before the final event after converting his overnight points advantage into Touring Car Cup gold. Race 2 victory for Gilles Magnus helped Belgium claim their second silver medal of this year’s competition while Mato Homola took bronze for Slovakia.

Two Safety Car periods and light drizzle played their part in an entertaining medal showdown at Vallelunga where Magnus’ straightforward lights-to-flag victory left Gavrilov with no choice but to finish second.

Tom Coronel’s late pressure ensured it was far from easy, but Gavrilov held on to win the gold medal that ultimately saw Russia crowned FIA Motorsport Games champions.

GT CUP – GOLD: JAPAN | SILVER: POLAND | BRONZE: AUSTRALIA

Hiroshi Hamaguchi and Ukyo Sasahara of Japan took GT Cup gold by triumphing in a rain-affected medal showdown. Hamaguchi started from third on the grid but had soon moved into the lead and handed over to Sasahara with a sizeable advantage.

Heavy rain led to much of the one-hour race’s second half being run behind the Safety Car, though Sasahara looked untroubled during the green flag periods.

Poland collected the silver medal after starting from the front of the grid, rewarding Andrzej Lewandowski and Artur Janosz for a consistent weekend, while Australia took bronze thanks to a measured drive from father-son duo Stephen and Brenton Grove.

FORMULA 4 CUP – GOLD: ITALY | SILVER: GERMANY | BRONZE: FINLAND

Andrea Rosso claimed victory in Formula 4 Cup’s Main Race to seal Italy’s first gold and second medal of this year’s FIA Motorsport Games.

Germany’s Niklas Kruetten and Finland’s William Alatalo completed the podium when a late-race Safety Car period dashed the hopes of long-time leader Ido Cohen.

The Israeli started from pole and controlled the first half of the 27-minute encounter, which began in damp but drying conditions, but lost the lead to Rosso with just five minutes remaining. He would lose further ground after the subsequent Safety Car period when Kruetten and Alatalo made decisive moves in quick succession.

KARTING SLALOM CUP – GOLD: NETHERLANDS | SILVER: BELGIUM | BRONZE: RUSSIA

Nina Pothof and Bastiaan van Loenen clinched Karting Slalom Cup gold at the FIA Motorsport Games by seeing off regional rivals Belgium in a closely fought final contest. The medal hopefuls were whittled down to eight nations on Saturday, with just three rounds remaining on Sunday to decide which young duo would leave Vallelunga with the gold.

And it was the Netherlands who prevailed during a close-run contest in which consistency trumped outright speed.

Antoine Morlet, who shared Belgium’s entry with Manon Degotte, was the star performer during the first runs thanks to a blistering best of 48.929s. The Dutch were close on both, however, and with Pothof and Van Loenen producing consistent efforts it was they who emerged victorious. The winning margin was a mere 3.925s, but it was enough to give the Dutch gold.

Olesia Vashchuk and Vladislav Bushuev added to Russia’s medal tally by beating Portugal in the bronze match-up.

 

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I sincerely hope that they are holding something in the locker. Because if they don’t and this is all they have to show for. I predict a very very tough season ahead. Which would prompt me to say that Binotto’s position is unattainable. Time to find a clear leader. Maybe even a Flavio Briatore.. Who might be an idiot at times, but has enough to get Ferrari where they need to be.

Well i don't blame him, because i have spun out of this corner million times in f1 game, it is very tricky corner indeed. Besides he was probably testing where the limits are.

I've never driven one but they must be really easy to spin with the amount of power they put through there rear wheels. Give the guy a brake I know for a fact any of us wouldn't be able to get past turn one.

The car bottomed out on the gravel and he spun. What’s the big news? Stop depicting Vettel as bad driver people.

If you aren't testing the limits of the car during testing, you may as well pack up and go home. Unfortunately he gave himself a bad rep for a habit of spinning so people will bash him for it. I actually hope he gets some confidence back and makes the season entertaining for the right reasons. But I still also think Ferrari got rid of the wrong driver.

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Total HILARIOUS meme to be had here.. Until you realise he's about the 10th driver to spin out so far this year and all that joyous meme humour fades away

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Dunno if you can call this sandbagging anymore, prancing horses are looking worse and worse each year. Something needs to change for them and yesterday.

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Best spin vettel had on his career

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He’s not going to be using that “lack of rear grip” excuse again this season surely? Any other top driver would work around that to suit their driving style

Certainly one of the grid's most consistent drivers.

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Vettel taking the SF1000 for a spin. Literally.

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