BMW, or Being Matteo, Winner
“The next will be me.” – Matteo Venuti
Well, it took more than a year but finally he did: Matteo Venuti wins his first SRS championship on the BMW Z4 Drift weekly series (and also a special prize for being able to keep that soapy car on track) by getting two wins and five overall podiums out of his five races. Despite a 1 week ban for drinking a Coca-Cola only 50 meters far from a bar while in orange zone lockdown [which is forbidden in Italy; N.d.E.], Venuti was finally able to defeat bad luck and secure his first and long awaited championship win in a difficult series for skilled drivers and with, among others, strong, kind and sportmasnhip-full contenders like Michal Janak, Robert Duplantier and Jason Jones.
They say that in sports only wins determine the strength of a player: this false sentence if applied to Venuti becomes finally true, crediting one of the most skilled, versatile and adaptive racers on the wide SRS range. Tell a Panda in the Nordschleife, a F1 car in the Okayama Piper track, a GT3 on the Moon or a bathtub of death under the sea: Venuti can drive it, and drive it fast in a short time.
Asked from the reporters about his feelings on this hard-to-catch win, on his impressions on the series and his future plans, Venuti said: “Well, I won. Thanks.”, showing once again that he’s not racing in words but for real. Venuti was also immediately celebrated by his teammates: “Well, I tried to help with the setup, but that what that damn car is only able to do is slide”, said Omer Kinay by welcoming Venuti on the highest step of the podium less than 24 hours after his BTCC series win. “Since Matteo is such a strong driver I often ask him for racing tips”, declared Dario Bucalo “and now I’m getting real good in archery, being able to hit a wooden elephant from 5 meters without banging the bow in my face”. The reporters weren’t able to reach Gianluca Roncaglia for some words: he tried to drive the Z4 and is swirling on place since a couple of hours raising smoke clouds after smoke clouds and without being able to stop the car.
But now, off with words and go on with celebrating: Congratulations Matteo, and let’s get your first championship win party started!