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Monza: Rodolfo Gonzalez race report

Gonzalez misses out Venezuelan Rodolfo Gonzalez was competing last weekend at the Monza race circuit (near Milan) in the latest British F3 races. The full grid of 33 cars were part of the FIA GT Championship on what was hot, steamy...

Gonzalez misses out

Venezuelan Rodolfo Gonzalez was competing last weekend at the Monza race circuit (near Milan) in the latest British F3 races. The full grid of 33 cars were part of the FIA GT Championship on what was hot, steamy and exciting weekend's action.

Again in the Saturday qualification sessions Gonzalez was battling for a top 10 grid slot but had to content with 2 lower grid slots. This was in part due to spinning off at the Parabolica corner in the morning Free practice, which meant missed setup time.

For the two races on the Sunday Gonzalez was determined to carry on with his great starts to make up grid slots, but in the first race a slipping clutch meant he had a slow getaway and therefore ended up battling with National class cars. One of the good points at Monza is the long main straight where you can draft up behind the car in front and overtake before the first corner. The two chicanes also offer the driver a different overtaking option.

In Race 2 there was chaos at the first chicane as one driver spun with the other drivers taking avoiding action. Gonzalez had made a better start and through this managed to move up to 6th place from 17th on the grid!

For the next 5 laps Gonzalez battled to keep his position, but then at the first chicane a car crashed in the back of him sending him off into barrel rolls into the gravel trap.

He managed to crawl out of the car, assisted by the marshals and was applauded by the fans who were pleased to see that he was not hurt.

After the weekend Gonzalez commented "I think overall this was a difficult weekend right from the start. We made a step forward with the car for the race and yet again I proved to have the pace to battle the guys at the front. Race one was difficult because my clutch failed at the start line so I had a poor get away but in race 2 I came from 17th to 6th place. Unfortunately on lap Five another driver put his front wheel between my two wheels and sent me into a barrel roll, was unfortunate because up to that point was a very good race."

Gonzalez is determined to move up the grid and is looking forward to the next British F3 races which will be held at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on July 15th

-credit: Chris Roberts

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