Belicchi king of England A completely new and surprising podium after a spectacular Super Sprint, and three very happy drivers. Andrea Belicchi took his second victory of the weekend, handing him the lead in the championship standings. Second...
Belicchi king of England
A completely new and surprising podium after a spectacular Super Sprint, and three very happy drivers. Andrea Belicchi took his second victory of the weekend, handing him the lead in the championship standings.
Second came the FR V6 rookie Montanari, with Memo Rojas taking his first points of the year in style, finishing third on the podium. Happy days!
In another turn of bad luck, the rain came down once again on Sunday to spoil the Eurocup drivers' day, this time just as they were lining up on the grid. But no matter, as after a quick tyre change the 19 contenders sped off from their rolling start to let battle commence.
Sharp was gunning for poleman Bell down the straight, both men running wide and ending up on the grass. Behind them, Belicchi didn't need to be asked twice and moved into the lead only to run wide himself. But Montanari was only given a few hundred metres to savour the lead for before Belicchi took control again.
A bad start for Sharp and Bell, but by lap 10 the Scotsman was back up to third, before letting the chasing pack slip past one after the other. At the front, Belicchi kept cool and took no risks, while Montanari, a newcomer to the series, wasted no time showing us the extent of his talent. With the two Italians pulling out a gap, the following group tried to pull together. But the extremely slippery track had some surprises in store for the drivers, as Barth, Sandström, Bell, Lorgere Roux and Shimoda all ran wide onto the grass or spun.
There was bad news too for Eurointernational, Proetto and Mondini coming together at the start of the home straight and losing much valuable time. And while Sharp was falling back down the order lap after lap, Jani and Pasini were climbing fast, the Frenchman even passing last year's vice-champion in the final yards of the race to finish once again in the points. Bravo Damien!
At the chequered flag it was Belicchi for the second time this weekend, his third win of the season, giving him the overall lead in the championship ahead of
Next stop Spa, where Belicchi won last year, and where the action is sure to continue.
<pre> Results: Super Sprint
1) Belicchi 30'20''228 2) Montanari à 13''658 3) Rojas à 19''459 4) Pasini à 23''232 5) Jani à 24''037 6) Campaniço à 24''139 7) Proetto à 25''406 8) Martinez Leon à 26''376 9) Mondini à 36''102 10) Van Lagen à 39''467