Spa: Marco Bonanomi weekend summary

Marco Bonanomi scores Super Pole, clinches podium at Spa-Francorchamps Marco Bonanomi had a good weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, where he entered the second round of the 2008 World Series Renault and scored a Super Pole, followed by a 2nd and a ...

Marco Bonanomi scores Super Pole, clinches podium at Spa-Francorchamps

Marco Bonanomi had a good weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, where he entered the second round of the 2008 World Series Renault and scored a Super Pole, followed by a 2nd and a 4th place finish. After the controversial Monza weekend, where he got hit from behind on Race 1 and questionably parked on Race 2, the driver from Lecco stayed constantly at the top of the charts since the collective tests and practice. Running for Comtec Racing, he took the best lap- time of the qualifying session, where the entered drivers were divided into two groups (A and B), and managed to enter the first Super Pole of the season.

In the decisive shootout a brillant duel with Giedo Van Der Garde propelled Marco to the top spot: the Italian clocked his best laptime in 2'02"478, while Van der Garde settled for 2'02"511, ending up just 0.033 adrift. On race 1, since the top-8 drivers have to line-up in reverse order, Marco took off from row 4, but recovered to the top-5 and moved past Mikhail Aleshin for fourth in the final stages.

Race two saw Marco have a great start, and build a small margin over Aleshin and Van der Garde. The Dutchman then managed to increase his pace, passing for the lead at lap 5. Bonanomi then controlled Aleshin to score a well-deserved podium finish. The weekend's results allowed him to take third place in standings, with 25 points, as the series is already looking towards the next round at Monte Carlo, on May 25.

"After the unlucky weekend at Monza, my goal was to score the highest possible amount of points. I'm glad to have been able to get back at the top, but I'm particularly happy to have taken the first Super Pole of the season. We're working hard to close the gap with P1 Motorsports, that is definitely the team to beat at the moment"

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Series Formula V8 3.5
Drivers Marco Bonanomi , Mikhail Aleshin