The year 2012 began with a beautiful and very important race held in the United Arab Emirates in early January, on the famous Yas Marina Circuit for an Endurance Race, the 12 Hours of Abu Dhabi, a very long race with a prototype Wolf powered by Honda.
Racing in Abu Dhabi was an incredible experience, the circuit and everything was just a dream.
Everything was great, the buildings, the Circuit, the Hotel that crossed the track, the port with the moored yachts that were the background and that were surrounded by the track, in short, all wonderful.
The day of the rehearsals helped us a lot because the track was new for me and for my team, so we prepared our best to face an exhausting race.
Ours was a crew of 4 drivers, and despite the fatigue and some mechanical trouble we were also able to get on the podium with a sweaty 3rd place in the ranking dedicated to our category.
The victory of the Italian Title of 2011 with the Official Italian Seat Motorsport Team allowed me to remain in the Seat world orbit, and so for the 2012 season I only participated in some sporadic races with the official cars made available for the single event.
A race of the Endurance Touring Car Championship with a Seat Ibiza took place on the Imola Circuit and I had the pleasure of racing again with my friend Baroncini. We came home with only a 3rd place finish only because we had the race in hand. I had led all my initial participation of the race until the pit stop for the driver change while my team-mate during his stint lost positions due to debris that caused us mechanical damage to the front wheel.
In May I tested the Seat Leon Supercopa participating in a race on the Vallelunga Circuit together with another driver, Emanuele Smurra. In qualifying I managed to place the car in the front row and Smurra would have started the race until the mandatory pit stop for the driver change. Unfortunately, after few laps Smurra went off the track destroying the car, the race and the result.
We raced again with the same car in June on the Franciacorta (BS) Circuit where we finished in second place at the finish line.