Home win for Montanari at Imola After a tumultuous Super Sprint on Sunday, in the end it was local hero Christian Montanari who gave his countrymen from the Republic of San Marino plenty to cheer about. The young driver took the chequered flag...
Home win for Montanari at Imola
After a tumultuous Super Sprint on Sunday, in the end it was local hero Christian Montanari who gave his countrymen from the Republic of San Marino plenty to cheer about. The young driver took the chequered flag ahead of Campaniço and Sharp, with Neel Jani continuing his run of bad luck, going once more from victory contender - this time race leader - to retirement.
With no upsets at the traditional Indy-start, the race got underway with poleman Jani (Dams) maintaining his lead. But he quickly had Montanari (Victory Eng) in his mirrors, the local driver very much a force to contend with on home soil. Behind them came Mondini (EuroInternational), who in turn was coming under pressure from Campaniço (Cram Competition), whose expert knowledge of Imola would prove a decisive advantage later on.
Lap one set the stage for an incredible duel between Bellarosa (Avellon Formula) and Meneghello (AFC Motorsport), the latter ending up in a spectacular roll which thankfully saw him escape unhurt.
Meanwhile the battle was raging up front, the gaps very narrow between the leaders. Campaniço moved up into third past Mondini, with Jani still in the lead from Montanari. Fourth was Sharp, in front of Belicchi (AFC Motorsport). The action also came from Proetto (EuroInternational), who ran into the gravel on lap five, putting an end to his race.
There were few changes in the race order until lap nine, when disaster struck Jani again. Mechanical problems forced the Swiss title contender to leave his car on the grass, completing his run of bad luck this weekend at Imola.
This handed Montanari the lead, which he held onto until the finish line. Soon after, Sharp pulled off a marvellous overtaking manoeuvre, taking third from Mondini and sealing the final podium standings.
Montanari was given a tremendous cheer as he crossed the line, the overjoyed San Marino crowd clearly delighted to see their local hero take victory at Imola.
This weekend's action puts Mondini in the lead with 233 points, followed by Sharp and Belicchi. The championship is mathematically far from over, but Mondini and Sharp have each scored a big psychological victory in their quests for the title.
<pre> Super Sprint classification 1) Montanari Victory Eng 83,861 km 30'01''474 2) Campaniço Cram Competition 00''516 3) Sharp Janzer Motorsport 01''586 4) Mondini EuroInternational 02''086 5) Belicchi AFC Motorsport 02''404 6) Danielsson SRTS 05''769 7) Bell David Price Racing 15''886..
General Classification 1) Mondini 233 points 2) Sharp 215 pts 3) Belicchi 202 pts 4) Jani 177 pts 5) Bell 142 pts 6) Montanari* 122 pts 7) Campaniço 120 pts..