Spa, Race 2: Filippi And Scuderia Coloni Clinch A Dominating Win
Scuderia Coloni and Luca Filippi took the second win of their season, clinching a dominating success in the Sprint Race in Spa-Francorchamps.
The all-italian pairing didn't leave their rivals any room for a reply, with Filippi charging to the win from P5 on the grid thanks to an amazing race pace that nobody could match.
At the start Luca was good off the line and kept his position, but the first laps where enough to let the others understand that today he was in a class of his own: he immediately started putting pressure on Clos, passing him easily on lap 2 while braking for Les Combes; then on the following lap he did the same with Fauzy, taking 3rd place, and started chasing Cecotto Jr. who was 2nd. Luca got on the Venezuelan's tail quickly, but Johnny closed all the gaps and managed to resist for a while. Anyway on lap 6 there was nothing he could do to keep an amazing Filippi at bay: Luca was much quicker than him exiting the Raidillon and passed him on the outside at the end of the Kemmel straight, taking P2.
So, between Filippi and the win there was just Kral, who thanks to the fight behind him was leading the pack with a 3” gap; Luca managed to cut that gap to half in just one lap posting a 2'00”566, but his charge was then stopped by the Safety-Car, deployed due to a big shunt (with no consequences) by Leimer.
Restart was given on lap 12 and in no time Filippi sticked himself to Kral's rear wing, taking his slipstream out of Raidillon and passing him before Les Combes. From then on the Italian just flew away, building a 1”8 gap in just one lap and than streching it up to 4”4 before taking a deserved win crossing the finish line lonely.
Michael Herck, in the meantime, closed the race in 15th position. The Romanian driver, who was starting from P16 after yesterday's result, had a brilliant start and then drove a good race: he was in the “hottest” part of the field but despite this he made no mistakes and was very consistent.
Paolo Coloni: “It was a really amazing race that confirmed what we already knew: this weekend our pace was better than anybody else's. Yesterday's without that long Safety-Car window we could have fought for the win, and that's why we wanted this success so strongly today, we wanted to show what our potential really was. Luca deserves to be praised because his race was a masterpiece, and the same goes for the team guys, who worked hard to give him the best car of the field. It's a well deserved success for them also”.
Luca Filippi: “I'm so happy, both for me and for the team. Today we were in a class on our own, the car was perfect especially in the Eau Rouge-Raidillon section: that has always been one of my favourite bits but today I was always flat out there, carrying a lot of speed on the exit and making passes on the straight very easily. Even the move on Kral, after the restart, was easy and from then on I had the page to cruise to the win with no worries. Now I'm P5 in the championship, and next race is Monza, one of my favourites. I hope for another great weekend...”.