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Marini: "I gave everything to get onto the podium of the Gulf 12 Hours"

"Thanks to Fumanelli, he taught me so much". Uccio Salucci: "It's a pity Valentino wasn't there, but we kept VR46 honour high"

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The VR46 team’s adventure at the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi did not get off to the best start, after the news that Valentino Rossi had to abandon because he was forced into preventive quarantine for having come into contact with a Covid-positive person. Luca Marini and Alessio 'Uccio' Salucci had left for Yas Marina anyway, eager to keep the team's honour high. David Fumanelli stepped in for Valentino in the Ferrari 488 GT3 of the Kessel team, and the crew was able to eventually make a mark.

After a difficult first part of the race, in the second part everything went in the right direction and the trio reached the podium: 3rd place overall and 2nd in the Pro-Am category.

The first to be satisfied was Luca Marini, in his second experience in endurance. The Italian, as he waits to get back on the Ducati in less than a month at Sepang, was able to scratch his itch for speed in car racing.

“It was a super positive race, the first thing is that I enjoyed it very much, especially in the second six hours when I really gave everything to get on the podium in the overall classification - he said - It was a goal that could be achieved and we succeeded. I'm also happy because I didn't make any mistakes and I was always very precise. The whole crew was competitive and solid, I’d like to congratulate Fumanelli who was truly fantastic, he did very well, he taught me a lot these days. It was a wonderful experience, I can't wait to repeat it ".

Uccio couldn't be happier too.

"It was really a  tough, masculine race, even physically - he described it with a smile - We managed to finish third overall, which is the most important thing, and second in class. It was a pity that Vale wasn’t here, I want to thank Fumanelli, a really fast driver, and the Kessel team who gave us this opportunity. We go home really happy, we kept the VR46 team’s honour high! ".


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