Round-up: Tough time for Ghiotto; podium for Brundle
PUBLISHED: 10:26 15 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:26 15 May 2019
Luca Ghiotto experienced the highs and lows of motorsport at the third round of the FIA Formula Two Championship held at Barcelona in Spain.
"From pole to seventh, from seventh to last, from last to fourth," summed up race one for the UNI-Virtuosi racer.
Ghiotto fought against some car issues to put in a stunning qualifying lap to grab top spot for the Attleborough team while team-mate Guanyu Zhou was placed third.
While Zhou made a brilliant start to grab the lead, Ghiotto was away slowly and then ended up at the rear of the field after a first-lap collision, requiring a pit stop.
As Zhou continued to lead Ghiotto was steaming his way up the race order to finally secure fourth place to follow his rookie team-mate home after Zhou lost two positions in the final laps.
In Sunday's shorter race Ghiotto raced to second place with his team-mate fourth having claimed his first podium in the series in Saturday's race.
King's Lynn's Alex Brundle claimed his first podium place of the season in round two of the ELMS at the super-fast Monza Circuit in Italy.
"P3 and a podium, I'm really happy with that," he said. "A tremendous job by my co-drivers Will Owen and Ryan Cullen and faultless by the team at one of the toughest tracks of the year for our chassis."
The Brundle-led #32 Ligier was started by Cullen from ninth place and a cracking stint saw him up to fourth before handing over to Owens, who moved up to second before Brundle climbed aboard.
However, Brundle was unable to hold the position and had to settle for third place.
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"I got unlucky in traffic but it was great to claim the team's first podium of the season," he said.
"Great start to the season," said Shipdham's James Hillery on his first race in the Mini Challenge Pro series at Snetterton with the local youngster claiming third place.
Sadly, race two yielded only ninth as the AReeve Motorsport car suffered rear suspension problems having started on the front row of the grid.
Brockdish GT Cup racer Bonamy Grimes swept to victory in the opening GT Cup race, helped by Richard Chamberlain suffering a puncture in his potent Porsche 935.
Chamberlain bounced back to win race two with the Lamborghini Huracan of John Seale and Jamie Stanley cleaning up in race three with Grimes, partnered in the longer race by Johnny Mowlem, claiming third place in his Ferrari 458.
The Attleborough duo of Jordan and Ray Honeybone had no answer to the flying Ben Davis in the Trackday Championship while Darren Goes suffered a post-race penalty for his last-lap pass on the Hugh Gurney/Colin Tester BMW M3 in the MSV SuperCup race.
The Aston Martin Vantage has recently been the dominant force at Snetterton in the British GT Championship but with Bentley, Mercedes and Lamborghini all proving quicker at the opening round the Aston teams will be keen to hit back this weekend.
The Lamborghini Huracans of Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker and Adam, Balon and Phil Keen head the series from the Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris Bentley with all three crews keen to maintain momentum at the Norfolk venue.
The consistent Clement Novalak leads the British Formula Three series, chased by Johnathan Hoggard and Ayrton Simmons, who registered a non-finish at the previous round and any repeat could prove costly to his title aspirations.
Dereham's Dan Zelos proved extremely quick during the opening Mini Challenge JCW round but fell foul of officialdom during the races which he will need to put behind him as he chases after the series-leading James Gornall while rookie racer Lewis Galer, from East Lexham, is aiming for the top 10 on home turf.
The Ginetta G40s open the racing at 12.55am on Saturday. It restarts on Sunday at 9.55am with the VW Cup and Ginetta GRDC series completing the programme.