Rodriguez rules, but the winner is Bonanomi Marco Bonanomi has won unexpectedly race 1 in F.3000 Italian Championship and Euroseries 3000 on Vallelunga track. The Fisichella Motorsport driver had not mounted on the highest step of the podium...
Rodriguez rules, but the winner is Bonanomi
Marco Bonanomi has won unexpectedly race 1 in F.3000 Italian Championship and Euroseries 3000 on Vallelunga track. The Fisichella Motorsport driver had not mounted on the highest step of the podium since Mugello event, and has conquered the head of the group only during the last lap, when the unlucky Rodriguez suddenly went out of the scene. The spanish driver, started in pole position, has run without any doubt, increasing more and more his advantage up to 2"5 untill the stop of his car at the final turns because of problems on the axle shaft.
Bonanomi's win opens up again the Championship, having his direct opponent and team-mate, Giacomo Ricci, who started on the third row of the grid, obtained the fifth position. The driver from Milan, seventh during the first lap, has soon overtaken Ippoliti, without however recovering more positions. The two Fisichella Motorsport driver are now very close, with Ricci leading on Bonanomi by 3 poits in Euroseries and 2 in Italian Championship.
The race hasn't twisted particularily the starting grid, if not during the final phase, with leading drivers keeping basically their placements.
Excellent start for Bonanomi who has managed to rise above D'Ambrosio and Tuka Rocha. The Belgian from Euronova team has run after the leading pair, loosing slowly ground. Rodriguez final forfait has raised him to the second step on the podium, at 8"9 from Bonanomi. Minardi team has had at least some satisfaction with Tuka Rocha's third place, 9"6 behind the winner. Euronova has placed Petrov just nearby the podium, while Fausto Ippoliti, debuting with Minardi team, has obtained the sixth placement. Frankie Provenzano, on F.3000 Rookies' Team car, has proved to be the best rookie with his tenth placement. The one Lola Light from Facondini team, driven by Gian Maria Gabbiani, hasn't started the race because of technical problems. The race of the debuting Stefano Attianese (Avelon) has last only 4 laps, because of his going out at Trincea turn.
<pre> RACE 1 Vallelunga
1. Marco Bonanomi Lola B02/50 FMS 22'57"253 2. Jerome D'Ambrosio Lola B02/50 Euronova at 8"981 3. Tuka Rocha Lola B02/50 Minardi at 9"612 4. Vitaly Petrov Lola B02/50 Euronova at 12"720 5. Giacomo Ricci Lola B02/50 FMS at 14"294 6. Fausto Ippoliti Lola B02/50 Minardi at 22"569 7. Matteo Cressoni Lola B02/50 Vanni/Traini at 25"259 8. Gavin Cronje Lola B02/50 Autosport at 34"540 9. Ivan Bellarosa Lola B02/50 Avelon at 35"130 10. Frankie Provenzano Lola B02/50 F.3000 Rookies' Team at 43"601 11. Marco Mocci Lola B02/50 FMS at 53"218 12. Francesco Dracone Lola B02/50 Euronova at 1'09"560 13. Roldan Rodriguez Lola B02/50 Minardi at 1 lap 14. Stefano Attianese Lola B02/50 Avelon at 13 laps DNS Gian Maria Gabbiani Lola B99/50 Facondini Racing