Brundle shines at Monza
The high speed nature of the historic Monza Circuit in Italy suited Alex Brundle who returned to form in the latest races in the FIA Formula Two Championship.
In the previous four meetings the King's Lynn racer has been unable, by a variety of niggling problems, to string a complete weekend together which he corrected with two impressive performances.
'Racing in Monza was always going to be special but two good finishes and one more trophy to add to my cabinet made it even better,' confirmed the young west Norfolk racer who hit speeds of 186mph on the long straights.
In the first qualifying session Brundle was at the top of the timesheets until the very end when Italian Mihai Marinescu knocked him off pole position.
'Every time I came round in the session I could see P1 on my pit board and that's all I have to go by,' said Brundle.
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'The car felt great and I thought I might have the P1 but obviously I was pipped but I am still happy with P2 and starting on the front row should keep me out of the carnage in turn one which is always helpful.'
A demon start to the race promoted the local racer into first place but Marinescu quickly boosted his way past, at the start of the second lap, leaving Brundle to charge after him.
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Having used most of his engine boost to try and stay with the leader Brundle was eventually caught and relegated to third place on the final lap.
'I held every position in the top three,' declared Brundle in the post race press conference.
'I hit the boost and managed to get up the inside of Mihai into the first corner. He boosted back past me and trying to stay with him left me a little bit vulnerable.
'When Mirko Bortolotti sauntered up to the back of me I had no boosts left so I thought just to be sensible, take the points and take a podium.'
In the second race Brundle had to fight even harder after only managing to secure seventh place on the grid after qualifying.
'I was shuffled back to ninth off the start but managed to fight my way back to sixth in the opening laps,' explained the GAC supported racer.
'The car was fantastic and I battled my way past both Jack Clarke and Luciano Batcheta to take fourth position.'
Thereafter Brundle cut the six second gap to the third placed driver but ran out of laps to just miss out on a second podium visit.
With just two races left in the series Brundle's goal will be to displace Clarke – who is currently just three points ahead of Brundle – as the leading British driver in the series.