After Luca Ghiotto suffered the disappointment of losing his Saturday Feature race win to a midnight stewards’ decision adding five seconds to his race time, relegating him to fourth, he hit back in great style to win the Monza Sprint race from fifth on the grid. Team mate Artem Markelov also got himself up with the top six, before falling back down to 15th with a damaged front wing.
Luca again showed his fine racing ability, passing Malja on the inside at Parabolica and then Gelael, Sette Camara and Deletraz at Monza’s Lesmos. His second on-track win in two days keeps him firmly in the battle for second place in the Drivers’ championship, two points behind Artem and nine behind Oliver Rowland. It also kept Russian Time at the head of the Teams’ championship.
Luca Ghiotto: «It was tough to lose the win in my home Feature race at almost midnight last night. The emotion meant that I didn’t sleep too much either, so I didn’t feel at my best this morning. That all goes when you put the visor down and I’m really satisfied with another win today, which proves that yesterday was no fluke and that we’ve got great pace in both wet and dry conditions and have made a step. Thanks to everyone – the car was great this weekend!»
Artem Markelov: «We had opportunities this weekend and to come away with just two points feels deeply frustrating. I was feeling strong today and making good progress but damaged my front wing going inside Latifi at the second Lesmo. After that I had big understeer there and at Parabolica and that made me a sitting duck on the straights. I’ll put this behind me and fight back in the final two rounds of the championship in Jerez and Abu Dhabi.»
Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «Luca showed great mental fortitude after his disappointment of yesterday and hit back in the best possible way with another great win. Artem was unfortunate to have another contact that compromised his straightline speed, but will put this weekend behind him, I’m sure. The consolation is that he still closed the gap to Rowland in the Drivers’ championship and Russian Time still leads an exciting Teams’ battle.”