Rinaldi wins his first STK600 race after dominating in Jerez
With newly crowned Champion Toprak Razgalioglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) withdrawing from the penultimate race of the season after Free Practice yesterday at Jerez the way was clear for a new name to challenge for victory.
Starting from Pole Position Michael Ruben Rinaldi (San Carlo Team Italia) hit the front leading every lap, eventually converting his number one spot in qualifying to a maiden victory by 1.571s after 13 intense laps.
Second went to Augusto Fernandez (Pata Honda Junior Team) who notched up his first podium finish, the reigning EJC champion coming home a lonely second after a controlled and mature race from the Spanish teenager.
The main action on track was all about the final spot on the podium as a group of 5 fought from lights to flag with third eventually going to Davide Stirpe (Scuderia Maranga Racing) just ahead of Andrea Tucci (San Carlo Team Italia), Niki Tuuli (Kallio Racing) and the 16-year-old Axel Bassani (Berclaz Racing Team), who completed the top 6. For Stirpe the delight was evident, the Italian taking his second podium of the year after a last corner pass on his compatriot Tucci.
The final round of the championship takes place in France at Magny-Cours in a fortnight.
Superstock 600 – Race
1 – Michael Ruben Rinaldi San Carlo Team Italia
2 – Augusto Fernandez PATA Honda Junior Team +1.571
3 – Davide Stirpe Scuderia Maran ga. Racing Kawasaki +8.976
Standings (7 of 8 rounds completed)
1 – Toprak Razgatlioglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing 141*
2 – Michael Ruben Rinaldi San Carlo Team Italia 98 (-43)
3 – Federico Caricasulo PATA Honda Junior Team 86 (-55)
*Already crowned the 2015 Champion