Vilander moves into championship lead with sixth win Coloni Motorsport's Toni Vilander moved into the lead of the Italian Formula 3 Championship with his sixth victory of the season at Vallelunga near Rome today (Sunday). The promising Finnish...
Vilander moves into championship lead with sixth win
Coloni Motorsport's Toni Vilander moved into the lead of the Italian Formula 3 Championship with his sixth victory of the season at Vallelunga near Rome today (Sunday).
The promising Finnish driver is now eight points clear of Matteo Cressoni with two races remaining at Misano on October 24.
But because Vilander has only contested six events (he started the season in the Formula 3 Euroseries before focussing his attentions on the Italian Championship), series' regulations dictate he is not eligible for the title.
With 44 points available at the season finale, Alessandro Ciompi, in the second Coloni Opel-powered Lola-Dome, can still pip Cressoni to the crown but will face a tough task, as he is currently 33 points adrift.
Although Vilander can't win the title even though he may end the season with more points than favourite Cressoni, team principal Paolo Coloni was still delighted with this weekend's result, despite transmission failure in race preventing Vilander from claiming a double victory.
"Toni really dominated today and his performance was very impressive," said Coloni. "All the team did a solid job and I am hoping we end the season with a strong result at Misano."
The Misano event won't be the last action for the Coloni team this season though. The Italian squad is planning to contest the end of season international Formula Three races in Bahrain and Macau for which it has recruited the respected Peter Berry to engineer its two cars.
"We are working really hard for Macau and I cannot wait to see our team fighting with the biggest teams in Europe," said Coloni. "We hope to be able to confirm our plans soon but with Peter Berry in the team we have a strong package in place already."