DEC 1-3 SCANDIANO, ITALY
The ’Charity Race’ in Italy is much more than another international race that attracts some of touring car's biggest names. It is a special event where our sport comes together and does something for those less fortunate. As the title suggests, the race is run to help charity. Having been involved in the creation of this annual event, together with his brother Toni and the host club Team La Gang, Marc made his annual trip to the RC Landia track in Scandiano to be do his part knowing the biggest winner was going to be children in need. The final amount raised for the 2017 running of the event expected to be more than €6,000. Joining Marc on the trip would be Infinity pitman Armin Weihert who swapped his fuel gun for a radio and raced an IF14 ‘for fun’ in Pro Stock. Over the weekend Armin and Marc would make a donation of €300 to the charity fund on behalf of Infinity.
With high traction and a slightly bumpy track making for ‘pretty difficult conditions’, Marc used Friday’s free practice to perfect a set-up on his IF14. With Saturday kicking off with a round of seeding practice, he would line up 3rd for the opening qualifier. Despite a roll after contact with the curbing that cost him 1.7-seconds, Q1 would net a P2 behind Ronald Volker, the pair very evenly matched on pace. Q2 would prove to be a throw out as a big mistake early on followed by a second error left Marc to finish almost a lap down. Having to start the penultimate qualifier 8th as result of his errors in the previous run, traffic was an issue and a small crash with a back marker cost 1-second. Still Marc salvaged a P2. Again a back marker would hamper his final qualifying attempt when after a crash the back marker’s car flew across the track landing in Marc’s path which him unable to avoid contact. Another second for the round, but overall the results left him third on the grid.
Sunday’s schedule was made up of triple A-Mains and it was a positive first encounter for Marc. Starting behind Marco Kaufmann, by lap six he had found his way passed and then could set about closing in on Ronald. While he ran out of time to mount a challenge, setting the fastest lap time of A1 he was really confident for A2. Again with a great car, Marc just couldn’t find a way by Marco who put in a very strong race to defend his second place. So it was all down to A3 to decided the final order of the podium. With his car on point allowing him to execute a pass on Marco, unfortunately Marc undid his good work with an error a few laps later at the end of the straight that would break a front arm. While not the result he was after, Marc still came away with a podium happy that the real winner was the kids of the charity.