Victory for Malta Formula Racing’s Drudi at Imola

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 22:16

The second round of the FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship at Imola was an emotional rollercoaster for Malta Formula Racing and all 5 of its drivers, the highlight of which being Mattia Drudi’s commanding victory in Sunday morning’s race 2.

 

Drudi’s pace in qualifying immediately showed he had the pace to fight at the sharp end of the grid, with Keith and Zack both also showing improvement in pace from Adria. While the first race was disappointing for Drudi who was involved in a collision at the start, he more than made up for it in Sunday’s second race of Round 2 held in the morning which saw him move up to second place at the start and then overtake Russo for the lead on lap 5. This result brought great relief to Mattia Drudi and the team who always knew and believed that they had what it takes to fight competitively for wins. Sadly, Drudi’s misfortune struck again in race 3 after his car stalled on the grid, resulting in him having to start from the pits.

 

Camilleri and Dante had a better first race, in which both managed to jump up to 5th and 6th position respectively, with Keith holding on to this position to the end of the race and Zack only losing out on a battle with Alain Valente of Jenzer Motorsport team, in the final stages of the race. On the other hand, Sunday’s races were a complete write off for the pair, who were repeatedly involved in incidents most of which were brought over through no fault of their own.

 

Keith’s race 2 was compromised with a minor incident at the start, with Dante’s race coming to an end soon after following a collision at the Variante Alta. Race 3 was even more dramatic with Camilleri being stuck behind Andrea Russo of Diegi Motorsport team, who was driving with a detached front wing. As a result Keith ended up having to take evasive action and run across the gravel trap to avoid a collision.

 

Soon after, Jenzer’s Valente pulled over on Camilleri’s car on entry into the Tamburello, heavily damaging his front wing which detached soon after. This resulted in Camilleri’s race being hastily terminated with a black flag. Particularly disappointing was the Alain Valente’s attitude after the race, in which he made various threatening remarks towards Camilleri. In a statement the team condemned this attitude and stressed that such behaviour should not be tolerated.

 

Dante was equally unlucky, being involved in collisions which also resulted in heavy damage to his front wing and subsequently being rear ended by the Brazilian of Dav Racing, Gustavo Bandeira. A more dramatic end to the race was incurred by Malta Formula Racing’s Giovanni Altoe, who was involved in a dramatic collision with Jonathan Giudice of Antonelli Motorsport, which thankfully both drivers walked away unhurt from. Newcomer to Formula 4 and Malta Formula Racing, India’s Maheveer Raghunathan showed promising progress throughout the weekend finishing race 3 in a very respectable 8th position.

 

After the ups and downs of Imola, Malta Formula Racing and its drivers will now set their sights on tackling Mugello on the 11-13th July.





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