EU3000: Monza: Series race one report

BRATT WINS RACE 1 AND LEADS THE CHAMPIONSHIP, THREE DRIVERS CAN WIN A FULLY FUNDED GP2 ASIA SEASON With just one race to go, tomorrow three drivers will still be fighting for the championship title and for the prize, a fully funded GP2 Asia...

BRATT WINS RACE 1 AND LEADS THE CHAMPIONSHIP,

THREE DRIVERS CAN WIN A FULLY FUNDED GP2 ASIA SEASON

With just one race to go, tomorrow three drivers will still be fighting for the championship title and for the prize, a fully funded GP2 Asia Season with Scuderia Coloni.

In the first Monza race, indeed, the playing cards were mixed again thanks to Will Bratt. The brit, starting from the fourth place on the grid, managed a fantastic start, the best of his whole season, which immediately launched him in first place. Even with a mistake under braking that made him (followed by Rodolfo Gonzalez) miss the first chicane and drive on the grass, he was able to mantain the leadership and started to push very hard. Behind him, Marco Bonanomi and Fabio Onidi had a bad start, and they hindered each other in the first corner, letting Fabrizio Crestany pass by in 3rd position.

For Onidi, the bad news weren't over: still on the first lap, he had oversteer entering the Parabolica, went in the gravel and crashed in the tyre wall, luckily not too hardly. With one of the main contenders out of the game, the race went on with three amazing duels: one between Bratt and Gonzalez for the lead, a second between Crestani and Bonanomi for 3rd place, and the last between Dracone and Cozzari for fifth place, while Juan Carlos Sistos retired with a driveshaft problem.

Meanwhile, Bratt continued with his aggressive race strategy, pushing more and more in order to build a gap on Gonzalez. As a result, the two started lapping 1" faster than the rest of the pack, building a great advantage. The first rip between the two arrived on lap 6 when Bratt lapped in 1'37"746, increasing his advantage to 1"2. Gonzalez tried to keep the same pace but on lap 8 he made a mistake under braking in the first corner, losing another full second. From then on, for Bratt (who clinched also the fastest lap) the race was an easy run towards the win.

Behind this duo, Crestani and Bonanomi had a close fight, with the FMSI driver faster in the corners but a bit slower on the straights. The duel came to an end on the penultimate lap, when Bonanomi made his attack in the first chicane and, after crossing the lines, he passed on the corner exit; Crestani, with worn tyres, preferred backing off in order to avoid a crash that would have destroyed Bonanomi's hopes for the title. In the duel between Dracone and Cozzari, the first was the winner. Francesco managed to resist the huge pressure from Matteo, a really good newcomer in the championship.

Will Bratt: "After qualifying I didn't know what to expect, but this wasn't what I was thinking about! I did my best start of the season and I pushed as hard as I could, lapping on the 1'38" pace and even faster in some laps. We did some changes on the car setup after qualifying, and it worked well".

Rodolfo Gonzalez: "I'm not happy about the race, starting from pole I absloutely wanted the win".

Marco Bonanomi: "In the end it was a good outcome for a bad race. I had a bad start, and at the first corner i lost time with Onidi, so Crestani passed by. I was faster than him, but he was really good in the second part of the track, so i managed to pass only on the penultimate lap. Then I did a good laptime, but it was really too late".

-credit: eu3000

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Marco Bonanomi , Rodolfo Gonzalez , Fabio Onidi , Will Bratt