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Igor Fraga wins twice at Formula Regional European Championship finale at Monza

by Josh Suttill

DR Formula driver Igor Fraga dominated the final weekend of the inaugural Formula Regional European Championship season at a rain-hit Monza.

Fraga took a clean sweep of pole positions for all three races and dominated both of the first two races to jump into third in the drivers’ championship.

Brazilian Fraga beat newly-crowned champion Frederik Vesti and his DR Formula team-mate Raul Guzman, who took his maiden podium, in the first race.

In race two, Fraga led Guzman in a DR Formula one-two, with Vesti triumphing in a race-long tussle with his Prema team-mate Enzo Fittipaldi for third.

Fraga, who will head to Valencia to take part in the FIA Formula 3 test with Carlin, was finally beaten in the third and final race of the weekend when he got wheelspin off the line and dropped behind Vesti.

Seventeen-year-old Danish ace Vesti led every single lap on his way to his 13th race win of the season.

Ferrari junior Fittipaldi placed intense pressure on Fraga for second place. He got the position at the Parabolica with just over 10 minutes of the race remaining.

Fraga hit back at Turn 1, but the duo both missed their braking points and sailed off the circuit. They rejoined with Fittipaldi holding the position.

Fittipaldi had a miserable first race which he eventually ended up retiring from with a gearbox issue.

Ex-Formula 2 driver Niko Kari made a one-off appearance this weekend with KIC Motorsport, his fourth place in race three marked his best result, with an eighth and fifth place in the other two races.

Mexican Guzman took fifth place in the final race to round off his strongest weekend of the season. Sixth place went the way of David Schumacher.

Schumacher was unable to repeat the supreme form he showed at the previous two rounds, with a pair of seventh-place finishes in the first two races.

He drops to fourth in the standings but remains ahead of Prema’s Olli Caldwell, whose fifth place in race one was his best result of the weekend.

Andreas Estner was the other debutant this weekend with Van Amersfoort in place of Dan Ticktum. He took a fourth, a sixth and an eighth place, ahead of team-mates Sophia Floersch and Alexandre Bardinon in all three races.

Results round-up
Race 1
1 Igor Fraga DR Formula by RP Motorsport
2 Frederik Vesti Prema
3 Raul Guzman DR Formula by RP Motorsport
4 Andreas Estner Van Amersfoort Racing
5 Olli Caldwell Prema
6 Sophia Floersch Van Amersfoort Racing
7 David Schumacher US Racing
8 Niko Kari KIC Motorsport
9 Konsta Lappalainen KIC Motorsport
10 Alexander Bardinon Van Amsersfoort Racing
Pole: Fraga 1m46.929s
Fastest lap: Fraga

Race 2 (16 laps)
1 Fraga
2 Guzman +13.165s
3 Vesti +13.782s
4 Enzo Fittipaldi Prema +14.346s
5 Kari +16.911s
6 Estner +22.844s
7 Schumacher +27.620s
8 Caldwell +28.004
9 Lappalainen +28.186s
10 Floersch +31.892s
P: Fraga, 1m46.023s
FL: Fraga

Race 3
1 Vesti
2 Fittipaldi
3 Fraga
4 Kari
5 Guzman
6 Schumacher
7 Caldwell
8 Estner
9 Floersch
10 Lappalainen
P: Fraga
FL: Fittipaldi

Championship standings
1 Vesti 467? ?2 Fittipaldi 336? ?3 Fraga 300? ?4 Schumacher 285? ?5 Caldwell 213? 6 Guzman 180? 7 Floersch 149? 8?Marcos Siebert 70? ?9? Dan Ticktum 64? ?10?Isac Blomqvist 62