The third round of the TCR Italy Touring Car Championship took place last weekend in Misano World Circuit.
After a day of testing to better prepare for the race weekend, it was clear that the 40kg of Compensation Weight and the summer heat would greatly affect the performance of MM Motorsport's Honda. High temperatures have always made the Civic Type R's engine suffer, and the ballast significantly slows lap times in these conditions.
Despite this, Carlo was super ready from the first free practice session, finishing in seventh position. However, the 17-year-old driver and the team continued to work hard to try to improve the car's setup ahead of qualifying on Friday evening. Carlo, thanks to his speed, would have got a very good top 8, with a chance to start on pole position with the reversed grid, but traffic and overtakes in the best laps of the Hankook tires forced him to settle for 11th position out of 34 cars on the track.
Race 1 took place on Saturday afternoon. Carlo, after a spectacular overtake at the Carro corner on the first lap, managed to hold his position by managing the tires in the following laps. However, with only a few minutes to go, a sudden puncture forced him to retire.
Sunday morning came the turn for race 2. Carlo made a good start, managing to move up to ninth position. While he was fighting for important points, a driver two positions behind him misjudged the braking in the Quercia corner, creating a contact that forced the 17 years old driver to another no-fault, no-responsibility DNF.
A very unfortunate weekend, therefore, in which Carlo's talent and the excellent work done together with the team were not rewarded. It is important to recognize performance even when results are not there because of external factors. The knowledge that he is super competitive remains, looking forward with positivity to the next round in Mugello on July 15-17.