Team Russia collects most medals in the inaugural FIA Motorsport Games
The inaugural FIA Motorsport Games closes its doors on Sunday evening after three days of racing at Vallelunga Circuit in Italy. The Russians are the champions after they collected most medals in six different racing competitions: GT Cup, Touring Car Cup, Formula 4 Cup, Drifting Cup, Karting Slalom Cup and Digital Cup.
Six gold medals went to six different nations: Japan (GT), Russia (Touring Cars), Italy (F4), Ukraine (Drift), Netherlands (Karting) and Australia (Digital). The Russians added two more bronze medals to their tally, becoming the champions. Other nations with more than one medal are Italy (gold + bronze), Australia (gold + bronze), and Belgium (two silvers). In total, thirteen nations have medalists.
Among the juniors in Formula 4, the fastest was Italian Andrea Rosso. Germany’s Niklas Kruetten and Finland’s William Alatalo completed the podium. The long-time leader Ido Cohen (Israel) started from pole and controlled the first half of the race but lost the lead to Rosso with just five minutes remaining. He lost few more positions after the subsequent Safety Car period when Kruetten and Alatalo made decisive moves in quick succession.
The Dutch duo of Nina Pothof and Bastiaan van Loenen clinched Karting Slalom Cup gold by defeating regional rivals Belgians in a final contest. Antonine Morlet and Manon Degotte were driving for Belgium. Olesia Vashchuk and Vladislav Bushuev added bronze to Russia’s medal tally.
The best drifter at Vallelunga Circuit was Dmitry Illyuk from Ukraine in a Nissan 200SX. He defeated Czech driver Michael Reichert (BMW M3 E92) in the final battle. Russia left with the bronze medal thanks to Ilia Fedorov (Nissan Silvia S14), who beat Italian Federico Sceriffo (Toyota GT 86).
Cody Nikola Latkovski claimed a gold medal in the Digital Cup category for Australia. Fellow FIA-certified Gran Turismo World Championships regular Bernal Valverde claimed silver for Costa Rica, with local ace Stefano Conte taking bronze for the host nation Italy.
Photos: FIA Motorsport Games/Jules Benichou,