ONIDI WINS RACE TWO AND TAKES THE LEAD FOUR DRIVERS FOR TITLE IN MONZA His last win was in PortimÃ£o, but Fabio Onidi chose the best way to taste it again. In the second race of the Euroseries 3000 by PartyPoker Racing roman weekend, the ...
ONIDI WINS RACE TWO AND TAKES THE LEAD
FOUR DRIVERS FOR TITLE IN MONZA
His last win was in Portimão, but Fabio Onidi chose the best way to taste it again. In the second race of the Euroseries 3000 by PartyPoker Racing roman weekend, the italian driver took an amazing win running an aggressive but also very clever race, which allowed him to climb again at the top of the drivers standings, a position that he will try to defend in Monza on the 18th of October, in the final championship round.
The reversed grid meaned a 6th place start for Onidi, but when the red lights turned off Fabio had too much wheelspin and slipped in the last position, while in front Rodolfo Gonzalez had no problems in keeping Francesco Dracone and Juan Carlos Sistos behind.
Anyway, the reversed grid was the reason for an exciting first lap: Marco Bonanomi had a good start, but he was slowed down by a mistake by Sistos and was consequently passed by Ben Hanley and Onidi. This duo managed to overtake also Will Bratt, who had to lift his right foot from the gas to avoid a slowing Dracone. Hanley was also able to pass Fabrizio Crestani, while Onidi remained on the tail of the TP Formula driver.
Gonzalez took advantage from the fights behind him to build a considerable gap and the race ran steadily until lap 7, when rain appeared on the Vallelunga track. Dracone and Crestani decided to pit immediately to get rain tyres, and Bonanomi did the same on the following lap. The strategy proved to be wrong as the weather didn't get worse, making the performance of the wet and slick tyres nearly identical.
With two of the title contenders out of the fight for the win, Onidi and Bratt had another "gift" from Ben Hanley, ho had to retire on lap 11 due to a failure on the gearbox sensor. So Onidi took second place, and on the wet track he immediately started closing the gap to Gonzalez. On lap 12 the gap was 3"6, it was 2"5 the following lap, and eventually got down to less than half of a second with still 4 laps to go.
On lap 20 Gonzalez felt the pressure from Onidi and made a little mistake, going wide at the hairpin; Onidi took advantage from that diving on the inside, and completed the overtaking manoeuvre in the following fast chicane. Fabio immediately cruised away, with no obstacles between him and the win, ahead of Gonzalez and Bratt.
Sistos was fourth, the best season result for him, thanks to a consistent and mistake-less race, coming before Bonanomi and Dracone.
This means that in Monza four drivers will fight for the title, with 13 points between the leader Onidi and Crestani, who is fourth.
Fabio Onidi: "Usually i have great starts, but this wasn't the case. Anyway i climbed back to the lead positions quickly. I thought about the wet tyres but I decided to keep my strategy focused on Gonzalez and Bratt. I'm happy because when it's wet the driver's talent comes out, winning in this conditions means a lot to me".
Rodolfo Gonzalez: "I would have loved winning and I'm very sorry for that little mistake, but the truth is that I couldn't match Onidi's pace, so the result is fair".
Will Bratt: "It's ok for the championship but looking back it would have been even more important to get that Race 1 win. In the second race i was slowed by my car's setup. It was very stiff, something that isn't good for a wet race".