Lotus Junior driver Dorian Boccolacci got the better of Luca Corberi at Corberi’s own track giving the Frenchman a narrow win after the gruelling 25 laps.
Martin Kodric (Alonso/Vortex) was fastest in Qualifying, showing his liking for the South Garda circuit by posting a pole lap of 43.533s. The Croatian would have to fight with Boccolacci (43.545s), Marco Moretti (43.605s), Michael Waldherr (43.633s), Ollie Norris (43.635s) and Davide De Marco (43.657s). This category promised to be extremely hard fought even in the heats.
After Friday’s incessant rain, the bad weather conditions eased on Saturday until late afternoon when only the last heat of each class was still to be raced. Light showers spiced up things a bit making the result slightly more uncertain, but not enough to stop the fastest drivers – though racing on slick tyres – from gaining the top position on starting grid. And so Boccolacci (Energy/TM) grabbed the KF front row start following two heat wins, ahead of Kodric and his team-mate Ollie Norris (Alonso/Vortex).
The Prefinal was tainted by an accident that involved a member of the medical personnel while crossing the track. It all happened before the end of the first lap when a medic crossed the circuit to attend to another driver who had been injured and was hit by Kodric of Ricky Flynn Motorsport, with Kodric having to retire with a bent axle. Thankfully, the member of the medical staff was unharmed and the field continued for several laps under the Slow sign, while an RFM manager (not sure if Ricky or Moose, I wasn’t there) went on the track the track to complain to the Clerk of the Course. If you have seen posts on Facebook referring to marshal’s training by RFM, this is what it’s about! Both Norris and Kodric ended up excluded from the Final over it.
After a heated argument and few too many laps with the Slow sign out, the race resumed and Luca Corberi (Kosmic/Vortex) managed to defend well from a very fast Boccolacci.
The Final was monopolized by the duel between Boccolacci and Corberi. After a difficult start to the weekend Boccolacci now had the ideal set-up to retain good performance in the closing stages of the very long 25-lap Final. Boccolacci had only one place where he could overtake the Italian Kosmic driver, at the timing tower corner where the Energy driver could make up ground. Corberi closed the door time and again, but on the last lap Boccolacci took the outside to get back at him in the following hairpin, the two had slight contact and the French driver gained few meters, enough to be 1st at the chequered flag. After an exciting battle with Pasi Pukema (Energy/TM), Egor Stupenkov (Energy/TM) completed the podium.