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winning at our first year with Balzan, and got

into the World Touring Car Championship as

an Alfa Romeo manufacturer team in 2005‐06.

Last but not least we joined the Porsche Cup,

Formula 4 and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo».

What is your team's strongest point?

«We manage all our racing commitments

despite having many of them. I'm everywhere,

although that impacts my spare time. But if you

want to follow a customer in a proper way, it's

not just about the name. You have to be there.

When the key person is missing, the drivers feel

a little lost. You can delegate once or twice, but

not more than that. If you keep missing, you

become just another racing car rental».

What are the inherent difficulties of

running a team in Italy?

«There are mainly economic issues. In Italy

and Europe we faced a serious economic

downturn. Everybody paid the consequence

but the Italian government keep doing their

utmost to refrain people from spending.

Even the people who have the possibility

of doing so is kept in a limbo because there

aren't clear rules. I hope that Coni and Csai

will step in to ask for a solution».

As a driver, Marco Antonelli made his touring car debut in 1986 before moving to Super

Turismo competition. After capturing good results and being part of the Alfa Romeo

DTM Test team, he founded Antonelli MotorSport in 1993. With his team, he managed

to succeed at multiple levels like in the Porsche Carrera Cup Italia, Italian GT3 Cup

championship, Targa Tricolore Porsche, SuperSports Cup, Italian Supertouring

championship, FIA WTCC, Italian Super Production Championship, Italian Touring Car

Championship, Italian and European Alfa Challenge 147 Cup. In 2007, the team also on

the Italian Hillclimb Championship in the 1.6L class. The following season, they won the

Porsche Carrera Cup Italia My’07, Italian Hillclimb Championship (1.6L and 2.0L classes),

while in 2009 they prevailed in the Targa Tricolore Super Sport Cup (R2 class). More

wins came from the Trofeo Peugeot Speed and Bomboogie Eurotouring at the Motor

Show of Bologna. In 2011, Antonelli scored two wins as a driver in the International GT

Sprint Series (Spa‐Francorchamps and Mugello). In addition to the racing activity,

Antonelli MotorSport provides race car rental services for testing, motorsport and

corporate incentives program. Also, they assist and provide transit, management and

engine tuning services for race cars, joined by custom race ECU mapping and gearbox

rebuilding. Custom suspension set‐up systems are available for race and road cars.

Antonelli MotorSport,

a benchmark

in Italian auto racing