With the presentation of the 25th edition of the Bandini Trophy, which from this year will be part of the rich programme of the Historic Minardi Day, the countdown has begun for the third edition of the event to be held on May 4th – 6th at Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari International Circuit which since 2016 has given passion back to thousands of fans of Formula 1 and motorsport.
There are many new developments that mark the whole international motoring weekend, but the DNA that for the last two years rewarded the event dreamed up by Gian Carlo Minardi and which won the 2017 Autosprint Magazine’s Golden Helmet award for the Best Motorsport event of the year, remains unchanged. Cars that wrote the most important and exciting pages of motorsport for a span of more than forty years, together with their leading players, are still the focal point for enthusiasts who will have the chance once more to have access to the paddock and the pits of the Imola Circuit to admire them up close and to meet the drivers and technicians.
CARS FROM FORMULA 1, F2, GP2, F300, F3 and GT on the track
The cars created by Gian Carlo Minardi and brought onto the track in the F1 world championship from 1985 to 2005 will “challenge each other” on the track with other racing cars that created the legend of the Circus, and which shaped champions, such as Mercedes, Ferrari, Benetton-Alfa Romeo, Arrows, Tecno, Dallara, Fondmetal, Surtees, Tyrrel P34, Theodore and Fittipaldi Automotive, as well as cars from F2, GP2, F3000 e F3, Formula Italia and Abarth. The intense weekend of activities will take to the track beginning at 9.00am on Saturday May 5th and the engines will run until Sunday May 6th with a parade of the vintage cars which will include those that take part in the Savio Circuit Trophy and the Wheels of History events, as well as the programme of appointments, get-togethers and encounters for enthusiasts of vintage cars, together with the Association “I Borghi più Belli d’Italia” (Italy’s most beautiful towns).
The 2013 WO4 designed by Aldo Costa will take to the track from the Mercedes – AMG Petronas Motorsport pit. This was the car that began the team’s extraordinary winning streak of four Constructors’ titles and just as many Drivers’ titles, three of which were won by Lewis Hamilton (2014-2015-2017) and Nico Rosberg in 2016. At the wheel will be Aldo Costa himself, the engineer from Parma on his debut at the wheel of an F1 car who grew up in the ranks of the Minardi Team together with another engineer, Gabriele Tredozi, who will drive the Minardi PS04B which he designed. Completing the presence of Mercedes–AMG Petronas Motorsport on the Saturday will also be driver Valtteri Bottas for a session signing autographs before going to Faenza’s Piazza del Popolo (at 4.15pm) before driving the W07 to Brisighella (at 5.15pm) to be awarded Lorenzo Bandini Trophy in a ceremony which will begin at 6.00pm at the Spada Amphitheatre.
The Gran Turismo cars and Prototypes with the Alfa Romeo, Lotus, Ferrari, Maserati, Lavaggi and Lucchini badges are not to be missed and they too will put on a show for the whole weekend in a number of sessions. The Scuderia Tazio Nuvolari will honour the talent of Giorgio Lucchini by bringing to the Circuit and onto the track many of the 150 sporting cars created by the constructor from Mantua that won 750 races, 2 world titles, as well as 34 track and 4 uphill titles and there will also be a display. At noon on Saturday Gianni Tomazzoni’s book “Giorgio Lucchini, una vita per le corse” (Giorgio Lucchini, a life for racing) will be launched at the “Ayrton Senna Conference Room” and will be the subject of many workshops during the entire weekend.
Since it is the Historic Minardi Day, an event for seekers of fun and after last year’s success, the “Come onto the track” formula will make its return. Participants will have the chance to take some laps of the circuit aboard a Supercar driven by professional drivers, as well as testing themselves in a virtual challenge on the driving simulators.
In addition, inside the pits there will be a display with a trip around the world of Formula 1 and technology “Past – Present – Future” with displays of racing cars labelled Minardi and Toro Rosso and Simulators which in recent years has changed how the cars are designed and developed following the abolition of track tests.
Golf tournament (Faenza – Friday May 4th)
VIPS and drivers will begin the motoring weekend when they fight out a Louisiana Golf challenge which is open to all participants in the Historic Minardi Day and within a frame of the public (entry is free) beginning at 2.30pm on Friday May 4th at Faenza’s Le Cicogne Golf Club.
LORENZO BANDINI TROPHY (Saturday May 5th – Brisighella)
Finn driver Valtteri Bottas of reigning world champion team “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport” will be the driver awarded at Brisighella on the afternoon of Saturday May 5th in the 2018 edition of the trophy dedicated to the Ferrari driver who passed away in 1967 which this year reaches its 25th edition and whose ceremony will begin at 6.00pm. A special and exclusive trophy will be awarded to ACI President and FIA Vice President Angelo Sticchi Damiani whose prestigious presence combines perfectly Italian Motorsport with the international image of the weekend’s events which highlight Motor Valley.
Among the winners are Aldo Costa the engineer who designed the F1 World Champion car and Riccardo Mosconi, track engineer for champion driver Lewis Hamilton’s who complete Mercedes–AMG Petronas Motorsport’s formidable presence which, for the joy of the many enthusiasts, will make available two F1 racing cars, the 2013 W04 and the 2016 W07.
It is possible to purchase tickets for single days or for the whole weekend through TicketOne, or directly at the Circuit. The tickets give access to the paddock and the pits of the Enzo and Dino Ferrari International Circuit and all the events in the programme, as well as to be able to take laps of the track aboard a Supercar driven by professional drivers.
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