Petrov the winner. Cronje and Tuka climb an international podium An international ending, the one of today in Budapest: two former A1 drivers on the podium, and just one italian among the first six. Vitaly Petrov really deserved his first win...
Petrov the winner. Cronje and Tuka climb an international podium
An international ending, the one of today in Budapest: two former A1 drivers on the podium, and just one italian among the first six.
Vitaly Petrov really deserved his first win in the Euroseries 3000 championship on the demanding racetrack of the Hungaroring. After a good start the Russian gained a valuable advantage on Cronje who finished second under the chequered flag and kept the right pace till the very end of the race, winning by ten seconds on his closest rival.
The south-african from Euronova, the poleman of the race, in spite of the new tyres and a reliable car failed in tackling Petrov, but proved anyway his technical skills and put together his best performance of the season. Tuka Rocha gave all he had in order to climb the podium with his Lola Light, even if he was slower than the best times signed by Bonanomi. After a third row start, the brasilian of Vanni-Traini team sneaked right behind Cronje, vanishing during the last 18 laps the efforts of Ricci (FMS), raging in fourth position.
A good fifth place awarded Roldan Rodriguez's race, after an impressive remount up from the eleventh position. Oliver Martini, started from the bottom of the grid, reached the eighth place, followed by Nocera, annoyed by a spin after a good start.
The unlucky FMS's driver finished before Bellarosa and Cressoni. After the Hungarian event Ricci is still the leader of the championships rankings, just ahead of Bonanomi, penalized by a gear-box failure that forced him to stop in the pits, where he lost two laps.
<pre> RACE 2 ROUND 4 1. Vitaly Petrov Lola B02/50 Euronova 18 laps in 29'51"466 2. Gavin Cronje Lola B02/50 Autosport 10"240 3. Tuka Rocha Lola Light Vanni/Traini 11"139 4. Giacomo Ricci Lola B02/50 FMS 11"687 5. Roldan Rodriguez Lola B02-50 Minardi 12"225 6. Juan Caceres Lola B02/50 Minardi 12"617 7. Stefano Gattuso Lola B02/50 Autosport 23"394 8. Oliver Martini Lola B02/50 Avelon 23"517 9. Paolo Nocera Lola B02/50 FMS 29"686 10. Ivan Bellarosa Lola B02/50 Avelon 33"795 11. Matteo Cressoni Lola B02/50 Vanni/Traini 48"448 12. Marco Bonanomi Lola B02/50 FMS 2 laps 13. Marcello Puglisi Lola B02/50 Euronova 4 laps 14. Szàsz Làszle Lola Light Szàsz Motorsport 13 laps
CHAMPIONSHIP RANKINGS 1. Ricci 55 2. Bonanomi 52 3. Rocha 21 4. Caceres 20 5. Petrov 18 6. Gattuso 18 7. Rodriguez 17 8. Cronje 13 9. Nocera 12 10. Cressoni 10 11. Martini 8 12. Tahinci 4 13. Ippoliti 3 14. Solieri 1