In Monza, double win for Lorenzo Pegoraro, of Best Lap team.
The opening race of the Italian Sport Prototypes Championship at the Monza track was full of thrills. This was the first race reserved for the Aprilia RSV4 powered Wolf GB08 Thunder vehicles.
In a group of no less than 20 vehicles, all at loggerheads, the double win went to Lorenzo Pegoraro who did the best time in qualifying and then skilfully left the duelling in his wake during Race 1 on Saturday before dominating on Sunday ahead of youngster Simone Riccitelli (Kinetic Racing Team) and Matteo Pollini (Giacomo Race).
The participation by Aprilia in Italian Sport Prototypes Championship is further demonstration of the level of Aprilia Racing technology and the great versatility of an engine that is the only one of its kind in the world.
Aprilia Racing confirms its status as the technological platform par excellence within the Piaggio Group, transferring its know-how and providing performance in the car arena as well.
The 65° V4 engine that has contributed to making the Aprilia RSV4 one of the most victorious motorcycles in Superbike history, also writing an exceptional page in the history of the factory product, lends itself well to car applications thanks to its exclusive configuration, with the 65° angle between the banks, a solution that Aprilia Research & Development identified as ideal to enhance the dynamic features of the vehicle.
Extremely compact and lightweight, credited with maximum power of 201 HP, the Aprilia V4 contributes to making the Wolf GB08 Thunder an agile and high performance vehicle, with a very favourable cost/performance ratio.
The history of this powerplant, which has allowed the factory product to dominate in media comparative tests all over the world, is rich with sporting success: in fact, it has earned seven world champion titles in World Superbike (four Manufacturer World Championships and three Rider titles in five seasons), with the further double seal - in the 2015 season - of the Rider and Manufacturer titles in FIM CUP Superstock 1000. It is an engine which, in the version with pneumatic valves, has even competed in the MotoGP World Championship.
The Italian Sport Prototypes Championship is reserved for Wolf GB08 Thunder vehicles through 2022. The car, completely new, was created starting from the single-seater frame already used on the Wolf GB08SM, in carbon fibre and meeting the 2005 FIA Formula 1 safety standards. The motorcycle-derived Aprilia RSV4 1,000 cc, with 192 HP at 12,500 rpm, is sealed for the entire season and does not require a rebuild. The regulation weight is set at 475 kg with driver on board (vehicle 378 kg), whereas approval is E2SS (in accordance with Art. 277 Annex J FIA).
The Italian Sport Prototypes Championship - which became a single-brand series following the five-year agreement between Wolf Racing Cars and the ACI Sport promoters - is made up of six rounds this year, the first of which will be held on 1 June at the Monza circuit.