Daniel Ticktum won the Margutti Trophy after a shrewd move in the closing stages of the Final, fulfilling the potential he has shown so far this season.
Lando Norris (Alonso/Vortex) is in good form after his first successful meetings this season. The British driver set the fastest lap in Qualifying by an almost 0.2s margin from 2nd fastest Gabriel Aubry (Birel/TM) from France. The Russian driver Nikita Sitnikov (Tony/BMB) and Jehan Daruvala (Alonso/Vortex) from India also proved very fast, particularly in wet conditions.
In the heats Norris proved to be yet again the driver to beat. He would have to watch out for threats from his closest rivals, including the very fast Sitnikov. Italy’s Tommaso Mosca (Tony/BMB) performed well to keep within range from the top drivers, grabbing a second row start. Also, Aubry, with one heat win but a not so brilliant heat 2, would have the opportunity to make up for it in the Prefinal.
Aubry sneaked past Sitnikov before the end of the first lap to lead the group. The Russian shadowed him but had to fend off the attacks from Norris, who moved past him allowing Aubry to pull away in the meantime. The two would switch position several times, but Sitnikov grabbed the row 1 Final starting position ahead of Daruvala, Daniel Ticktum (Alonso/Vortex), Norris and Alessio Lorandi (Tony/Vortex).
The Final result seemed to be decided already after a very heated first lap. Aubry kept the lead at the start, building a big margin over Ticktum, Daruvala, Lorandi and Sitnikov. But the 20-lap race was still in it’s early stages when Ticktum started to make up ground on Aubry, managing to close up on him in the last few laps, followed by Sitnikov, the fastest driver on track. Just before the chequered the duo managed to move past Aubry, with Lorandi and Daruvala completing the top five.