Luca Ghiotto cruises to Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS Race 2 win at Misano

At the end of a very eventful Race 2, Veneto-based man Luca Ghiotto scored a commanding win at Misano to keep the Prema Power Team banner high in round 5 of the 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS. Ghiotto took full advantage of a contact that involving his team-mates Bruno Bonifacio, who had started on pole, and Antonio Fuoco. The two collided at the Carro corner, leaving the Vicenza-based driver with plenty of breathing room throughout the day.

After getting a good run at the re-start following the crash, he began pulling away and and crossed the line with a 6.5-second advantage over the rest of the pack. He also collected the fastest lap of the day in the process by lapping in 136.360.

Ghiotto topped Egor Orudzhev (Tech1 Racing) and Kevin Joerg (Jenzer Motorsport) as they were once again involved in a spectacular battle for the podium. The Russian finally went through with two laps to go to score a valuable second place. Estonian Hans Villemi (SMP Racing by Koiranen GP) also went for a late pass as he edged Arta Engineering's Simon Gachet for fourth.

The race was quite eventful due to several off-track exits including the ones by Andrea Baiguera (Brixia Horse Power) and Semen Evstigneev (SMP Racing by Koiranen GP) at the Misano Corner. Another incident involved Russian Kostantin Tereshchenko who was holding fourth place. The Interwetten.com Racing Team Russian was involved in a contact with another car and ended up in 20th.

After the race, the Stewards decided to asses Bonifacio a 5-spot grid penalty for the next race for not providing Fuoco with enough room. The next round for the 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS championship will be at the fascinating Mugello venue on the 7th and 8th of September.

It's been an hot race and not only due to the weather - said Luca Ghiotto - I had a very good start and I was almost able to move on Fuoco. Then, considered that him and Bonifacio were fighting, I decided to play the waiting game in order to profit from that one right moment. Then, after my team-mates collided, I profited from the situation and pushed as hard as possible to increase my margin all the way through the finish.

Race 2 (top-5): 1. Luca Ghiotto (Prema Power Team) ITA 16 giri; 2. Egor Orudzhev (SMP Racing by Koiranen GP) RUS 6"498; 3. Kevin Joerg (Jenzer Motorsport) SUI 8"336; 4. Hans Villemi (SMP Racing by Koiranen GP) EST 9"958; 5. Gachet (ARTA Engineering) FRA 10"649.

Drivers Standings (top-10): 1. Antonio Fuoco 159; 2. Bruno Bonifacio 138; 3. Luca Ghiotto 135; 4. Kevin Joerg 64; 5. Pierre Gasly 57; 6. Hans Villemi 52; 7. Egor Orudzhev 44; 8. William Vermont 41; 9. Jakub Dalewski 35; 10. Guilherme Silva 35.