FR V6 On The Rock!
Monaco: the word is synonymous with glamour, hotels, princesses and luxury cars. But it won't just be Bentleys, Rolls Royces and Ferraris on the streets of the Principality this weekend, as the Eurocup Formula V6 sets up home in the paddock until Sunday for round 4 of the championship. Ryan Sharp (Jenzer Motorsport) will take to the legendary Monte Carlo circuit on top of the leaderboard, with 127 points and a comfortable lead over his nearest challengers, Italy's Mondini (EuroInternational) and Belicchi (AFC Motorsport), on 89 and 78 points respectively.
Round three held two weeks ago at Magny-Cours confirmed the Scotsman's domination, but also gave us some vital information on the other contenders for the title. Giorgio Mondini was on top form in France, taking both pole positions and winning race one, his first victory in FR V6. Race two was stopped on lap four due to torrential rain from the start of the race, but Mondini was declared winner, making it a clean sweep for the Swiss Italian. Under these conditions, though, only half of the full race points were awarded, in line with regulations.
Round four in the Eurocup takes us south to Monaco for an exceptional round with just one race instead of two, and a format specially adapted to the legendary street circuit. As such the green light will be given on Sunday morning (10:45am) from a standing start, for a 25-lap race with no pit-stops. Third in the standings is Belicchi who, as well as Mondini the biggest points- winner at Magny-Cours and firm contender for the title will have a slight advantage over championship leader Ryan Sharp, as both men already raced here last year. So the Scotsman will have to look sharp! Especially as Pasini (Victory Eng.SpA), Jani (Dams) and Shimoda (DPR) are all also familiar with Monaco, with additional pressure coming from Kerr (Victory Eng.SpA) and Bell (DPR), two fierce adversaries.
All the right ingredients for a particularly open and exciting contest between the 22 drivers, all of whom will be hoping to excel on the most prestigious motor racing stage of them all.
The latest episode in the fight for the title gets underway with the qualifying session, Saturday at 3:30pm.
Thursday, May 20.4:30pm-5:10pm Free practise
Saturday, May 22.3:30pm-4:10pm Qualifying session
Sunday, May 23.10:45am Race, 25 laps