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Esports star Igor Fraga takes second Formula Regional European win in a row at Imola

by Bethonie Waring

Igor Fraga took a lights-to-flag victory in the opening Formula Regional European Championship race at Imola.

After a dominant performance throughout most of the race, including a strong safety car restart, Fraga found himself under pressure from the Prema Powerteam trio in the final laps.

Olli Caldwell led the attack but fell away from Fraga on the penultimate lap, backing up his team-mates and allowing Fraga to finish more than two seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Caldwell took second ahead of points leader Frederik Vesti, having taken the position at the start of the race. Vesti spent much of his time defending from Fraga’s DR Formula by RP Motorsport team-mate Raul Guzman.

After the safety car was brought out to clear the car of US Racing’s Marcos Siebert, who had fallen into the gravel, Guzman fell back and Enzo Fittipaldi joined his Prema team-mates in the battle for the lower podium positions.

He pulled alongside Vesti on the restart, snatching third and bringing the fight to Caldwell.

The trio ran nose to tail in the closing laps, briefly challenging Fraga but falling away as Caldwell seemed to slow. Vesti was able to find a way past Fittipaldi on the penultimate lap and, though his team-mate tried to reclaim the position, held on to take his eighth consecutive podium finish.

Matteo Nannini spent the second half of the race locked in a battle with Guzman, with Sophia Floersch later joining to make it a three-way fight for fifth. Guzman finished 0.7s ahead of Nannini to take fifth, with Floersch a further 0.7s back.

David Schumacher, who had been fighting in the midst of the top 10 early in the race, fell backwards after dropping a wheel into the gravel. He returned to the track in 10th, but managed to climb up to eighth before the chequered flag.

 

Race results (18 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Igor Fraga DR Formula by RP Motorsport 32m47.977s
2 Olli Caldwell Prema +2.115s
3 Frederik Vesti Prema +2.999s
4 Enzo Fittipaldi Prema +3.491s
5 Raul Guzman DR Formula by RP Motorsport +5.925s
6 Matteo Nannini Scuderia DF Corse by Corbetta +6.681s
7 Sophia Floersch Van Amersfoort Racing +7.446s
8 David Schumacher US Racing +9.068s
9 Isac Blomqvist KIC Motorsport +12.044s
10 Tom Beckhauser Technorace +15.586s
11 Konsta Lappalainen KIC Motorsport +17.435s
12 Alexandre Bardinon Van Amersfoort Racing +23.588s
Ret Sharon Scolari ScoRace Team
Ret Marcos Siebert US Racing
Pole: Fraga, 1m40.285s? ? ? Fastest lap: Vesti, 1m40.555s

Championship standings
1?Vesti 258? ?2 Fittipaldi 200? ?3?Fraga 138? ?4?Schumacher 127? ?5 Caldwell 121? ?6?Guzman 88? ?7?Floersch 86? ?8 Siebert 49? ?9 Blomqvist 44? ?10 Lappalainen 33