After a storm overnight it was sunny for most of the day apart from a shower between the B Final and Final 2.
George Russell was fastest in his session in the warm up as the track was drying. By the time they went out for the first heat the track was dry apart from a few patches off the line. The reigning champion went off at the first hairpin leaving Santino Ferrucci leading from Martin Kodric and Russell still running but a long way behind.
Ferrucci was later penalised for the incident with Russell and Russell finished 16th in that heat. Without the penalty Ferrucci would have been on pole but he dropped down to 8th. Russell started the Final 5th.
Callum Ilott was 3rd in the first heat on Sunday but had one more left to go and took 2nd from 5th on the first lap before going on to win. Alex Gill was 5th in his last heat giving him 11th on the grid.
Connor Jupp won the third heat of the day to secure pole and was to start the first Final next to Alessio Piccini. Simone Cunati and Alex Palou were on the second row then Russell and Aston on the next.
Jamie Caroline had a bad time on Saturday before taking a 3rd in the last heat, but this wasn’t enough to get him in the main Finals.
In the first 14-lap Final five drivers went off at the first hairpin as Jupp held the lead with Russell up to 2nd. Ilott, Gill, Aston and Monger were some of those of on the first corner. Next Russell took the lead and Boccolacci took Jupp for 2nd. Russell and Boccolacci pulled away from the rest and there was also about a second between them. It stayed like this for the rest of the race.
Jupp dropped back through the field, he was hit by Cunati at least once. Kodric closed up to Cunati and both he and Palou passed at the campsite hairpin. The fight for 3rd continued though and now also involved Ferrucci. After they settled down Kodric and Palou had a gap to Cunati who was also ahead of Piccini.
Ticktum started near the back but was the fastest driver on the track – he finished 9th but was promoted to 8th when Paolo Besancenez was disqualified for using the wrong airbox. Aston finished 13th but had a bent steering column. Ferrucci finished 10th after dropping back from the 3rd-placed battle, coming back to 5th, then he said he was taken out by Robert Shwartzman and finally ended up 9th. Gill was also driven over at the start and finished 19th.
There was also two “Consolation” finals where point are awarded, so most drivers took part in them. Will Stowell started on pole in the C Final but Valtteri Semi took the lead and Stowell dropped to 5th.
In the B Final Caroline took 8th early on while James Kellett, Charlie Barlow and Sammy Oram-Jones went backwards at the start. Soon Caroline also dropped to the back and towards the end of the race was when the brief rain shower started. Kosmic driver Luca Corberi won it.
Final 2 was the last race of the day and there were dramatic events soon after the start when Russell flew off into the tyres at the first hairpin, hit by Cunati who may have been hit by someone else and had nowhere else to go. Ferrucci led early on from Boccolacci who were fighting and Shwartzman had moved up to 3rd. Shwartzman then made a very optimistic lunge at one of the hairpins, aiming to take the lead, but he only succeeded in taking out himself and his team mate Boccolacci.
Palou took the lead but still with Ferrucci attacking. There were seven karts in the lead pack for a brief period with a lot of contact going on, and Aston and Gill were in the middle of it. Gill took 2nd and was challenging Palou for the lead.
The leading group spread out but Gill continued to pressure Palou with Aston not too far behind. Dionisios Marcu closed on Aston and Gill wasn’t quite as close to Palou, and then Marcu attacked them both with two laps to go. Marcu took Aston, then Aston followed Marcu past Gill. On the last lap Gill repassed Aston, with Palou winning from Marcu. Ferrucci finished 5th and Ticktum 6th, again with the fastest lap.
Against the 105 drivers entered, Gill had a brilliant weekend – he is run by his mother and father and is the only driver racing internationally on a Wright kart. Boccolacci said he was saving his tyres in the first race which is why he didn’t chase Russell down.
Palou leads the championship going into the last two races at PFi, after taking a win and 4th to Russell’s win and 26th. after 2nd and 11th Boccolacci is 3rd.