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Crescentini Takes Class Pole and Win in Debut Audi R8 LMS Cup Race
by Frank A. Filipponio | Nov 14, 2012

Centric Parts CEO Dino Crescentini Takes Class Pole and Win in Debut Audi R8 LMS Cup Race in Shanghai  

In his debut race in the Audi R8 LMS Cup series, our own Centric Parts CEO Dino Crescentini posted the fastest class time in qualifying, then followed it up with a class win in the penultimate round of the Audi R8 LMS Amateur Cup at the Shanghai International Circuit last weekend.

Crescentini put on quite a display, taking the pole in the Amateur Cup class driving the No. 3 Spark Motorsport Audi R8 LMS. His fastest time of 2:01.167 was just 1.198 seconds behind overall pole sitter - and former Formula 1 pilot - Alex Yoong. The feat was all the more impressive for not only being Dino’s debut outing in the Audi R8 LMS Cup, but also his first race at the Shanghai Circuit - and his first time behind the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS race car. To make it even more challenging, the morning qualifying session was also run on a damp track.

“This is my first time racing in China and it is great to be here,” said Crescentini after qualifying fourth overall. “This is the first time I have driven the car and I loved it! There were some dramatic differences in the conditions but I have a crew that really understands what I need and makes my job much, much easier. It is a very forgiving car and at the same time it is also very sensitive to any changes you make to it. I'm lucky I have a great crew that can interpret my needs and make them work on the car.”

Race day presented the drivers with a new challenge – a dry track and changing conditions. That didn’t deter Dino though. Pushing hard from the rolling start, Crescentini lost a few places to the championship-contending professional drivers in the early stages of the race but finished a strong 7th overall and first in Amateur.

“What a nice day at the office! It was a lot of fun out on the track and I tried my best to just stay out of trouble. I had a lot of time and space to myself and I used that to learn more about the car and the track and prepare to do some battles tomorrow.”

Has this whet Crescentini's appetite for more Audi R8 racing? Definitely. Will he be competing in the Cup next season? Only time will tell.


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