Vilander makes history with fifth straight win Coloni Motorsport's Toni Vilander claimed his fifth consecutive victory in the Italian Formula 3 Championship at Varano today (Sunday) to move to within two points of series' leader Matteo Cressoni...
Vilander makes history with fifth straight win
Coloni Motorsport's Toni Vilander claimed his fifth consecutive victory in the Italian Formula 3 Championship at Varano today (Sunday) to move to within two points of series' leader Matteo Cressoni at the head of the title race.
It was the first time a non-Dallara chassis had won a race at the Italian manufacturer's home circuit for 20 years as Vilander drove his Opel-powered Lola Dome to a four-second victory from pole position.
The Finnish driver also claimed the fastest race lap in his Microsoft and X Box-backed car, which is the fifth time in a row he has captured the race win, pole position and the fastest lap. With three rounds remaining the title is firmly in sight despite the fact he missed the first three rounds while competing in the Formula 3 Euroseries.
"Toni was mega today and he dominated again," said team principal Paolo Coloni. "It was an historical victory and I am really proud of what he's done. Hopefully it will make people realise what he is capable of as a driver and it shows what a strong technical package we have developed."
Vilander's team-mate Alessandro Ciompi took fifth place in a second Lola Dome and retains third place in the championship standings. "I am pleased for Alessandro but it was all about Toni today," Coloni added. "He was never headed throughout the race."
The Italian F3 series resumes at Monza on September 26 where the Coloni team heads this weekend for the final round of the FIA Formula 3000 International Championship, in which it fields race winner Patrick Friesacher alongside Israeli driver Chanoch Nissany.
Coloni also manages the CMS Performance cars of Jose Maria Lopez, third in the last round at Spa-Francorchamps, and Mathias Lauda, which will also be in action at Monza.
<pre> Race results, Varano (Italy): 1 Toni Vilander Coloni Lola Dome-Opel 32 laps 34m24.317s 2 Matteo Cressoni Ombra Dallara-Mugen +4.116s 3 Michele Rugolo Lucidi Dallara-Opel +7.979s 4 Andrea Tiso Target Dallara-Opel +12.184s 5 Alessandro Ciompi Coloni Lola-Dome-Opel +23.618s 6 Davide di Benedetto Corbetta Dallara-Mugen +28.450s
Championship positions: 1 Cressoni 112 2 Vilander 110 3 Ciompi 78 4 Stefano Gattuso 68 5 Rugulo 65 6 Tiso 51