Luca Ghiotto won both races in the seventh and last Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS season double venue at Imola.
The Italian Prema driver scored pole and two wins (Prema had already won the Team title). After having ruled in the Saturday’s race, he doubled in Sunday’s one achieving his fifth win so foar. Just one less than those scored by his team mate Antonio Fuoco, who was second overall and new Champion.
ntonio Fuoco the 17 y/o youngster from Cariati (Italy), who is part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, had a fabulous first season in single seaters, enriched by six wins, three second places and one third place. He was second overall on this occasion due a 25sec penalty.
THE REPORT. At the start Fuoco makes his move but Ghiotto leaves no room and keeps the lead. Briliant start for Simon Gachet, who slips by Hans Villemi. In the meantime Ghiotto starts pushing.
Bonifacio is particularly at ease on the track and passes by both Villemi and Gachet. On lap 2 the Safety Car joined the track for the Philo Paz Patric Armand car stuck in Tosa, while few seconds before Dzhon Simonyan ended in the gravel in Tamburello. At the restart Parry passes Fuoco and tries his move on Ghiotto. Fuoco is also passed by Bonifacio. On lap eight Parry and Bonifacio make contact at Acque Minerali with the Brazilian ending against the barriers. The fight for podium is between Parry, Fuoco and Egor Orudzhev. The Brit takes the flag first but he is then penalized and the podium is completed by Fuoco and Orudzhev (Tech1 Racing).
"The only challenging moment was the start, cause the track was still damp in some places. Same for the restart after the Safety Car. Then there were no more problems." - commented Luca Ghiotto.
"I thought I could end the season winning, but I’m still happy about podium." said new Champion Antonio Fuoco. "Before the race I chose a set up that did not work as expected. At the restart after the Safety Car Parry proved to be faster. There was too much downforce on my car and I was considerably slower in top speed than him."
Race 2 (top-5): 1. Luca Ghiotto ITA (Prema Powerteam) 11 giri, 22’01”130; 2. Antonio Fuoco ITA (Prema Junior) 3”162; 3. Egor Orudzhev RUS (Tech1 Racing) 4”107; 4. Jakub Dalewsky POL (JD Motorsport) a 9”520; 5. Kevin Joerg SUI (Jenzer Motorsport) 11”811.
Championship (top-10): 1. Fuoco 245; 2. Ghiotto 210; 3. Bonifacio 145; 4. Joerg 90; 5. Orudzhev 75; 6. Gasly 72; 7. Villemi 69; 8. De Vries 68; 9. Vermont 61; 10. Dalewski 47.
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