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Luca Ghiotto doubles up at Imola

by Luis Miguel Martinez


Prema Powerteam’s Luca Ghiotto recorded his fifth victory?Formula Renault 2.0 Alps in race two of the finale at Imola.

The race got underway in slightly humid conditions, which immediately resulted in incidents. As such, the running didn’t remain green for long and, on lap two, Partic Armand and Dzhon Simonyan exited the race, bringing out the safety car.

Series champion Antonio Fuoco got bogged down on the subsequent restart and was overtaken for second place by Matt Parry and Bruno Bonifacio, while Ghiotto remained comfortably in the lead. The leading group ran rather close for several laps and, on lap eight, the pack was broken up when Parry and Bonifacio collided, with the Brazilian going wide and into the barrier.

As Ghiotto cruised to the finish in first, it was Parry who crossed the line in second place. However, he was later penalized for the Bonifacio incident with 25 seconds added to his time. As such, Fuoco inherited second, while Egor Orudzhev completed the podium.

Jakub Dalewski took fourth, with Kevin Jorg in fifth and Parth Ghorpade in sixth. Denis Korneev recorded his best finish in the series with seventh, ahead of compatriot Konstantin Tereshchenko. Hans Villemi recovered to ninth after an early incident, with Gregor Ramsay rounding out the points.

?The only challenging moments were the start, because the track was still damp in some places, and the restart. Then there were no more problems”, Ghiotto confidently stated after the race.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Luca Ghiotto Prema Powerteam 11 laps in 22:01.130
2 Antonio Fuoco Prema Powerteam +3.162
3 Egor Orudzhev Tech 1 Racing +4.107
4 Kuba Dalewski JD Motorsport +9.520
5 Kevin Jorg Jenzer Motorsport +11.811
6 Parth Ghorpade BVM Racing +15.231
7 Denis Korneev Jenzer Motorsport +17.496
8 Konstantin Tereshchenko Interwetten.com Racing +18.498
9 Hans Villemi Prema Powerteam +18.861
10 Gregor Ramsay Euronova Racing +19.419
11 Tanart Sathienthirakul ARTA Engineering +19.508
12 Alex Bosak SMP Racing by Koiranen +21.889
13 Joffrey De Narda ARTA Engineering +25.697
14 Nikita Zlobin SMP Racing by Koiranen +27.228
15 Matt Parry Koiranen GP +27.922*
16 Daniele Cazzaniga Viola Formula Racing +29.595
17 Danyil Pronenko GSK Grand Prix +33.759
18 Francisco Mora Interwetten.com Racing +34.056
19 Pietro Peccenini TS Corse +1 lap
20 Semen Evstigneev SMP Racing by Koiranen +2 laps
21 Ukyo Sasahara Euronova Racing +3 laps
22 Dario Capitanio BVM Racing +3 laps
23 Bruno Bonifacio Prema Powerteam +4 laps
Not classified
Simon Gachet ARTA Engineering +6 laps
Luke Chudleigh Tech 1 Racing +7 laps
Dzhon Simonyan GSK Grand Prix +10 laps
Andrew Tang Jenzer Motorsport +10 laps
Patric Armand Tech 1 Racing +11 laps

* Matt Parry had 25 seconds added to his time following a collision with Bruno Bonifacio

Championship standings
Pos. Driver Team Pts.
1 Antonio Fuoco Prema Junior 245
2 Luca Ghiotto Prema Powerteam 210
3 Bruno Bonifacio Prema Powerteam 145
4 Kevin Jorg Jenzer Motorsport 90
5 Egor Orudzhev Tech 1 Racing 73
6 Pierre Gasly Tech 1 Racing 72
7 Nyck de Vries Koiranen Motorsport 68
8 Hans Villemi SMP Racing by Koiranen 66
9 William Vermont ARTA Engineering 61
10 Kuba Dalewski JD Motorsport 47
11 Guilherme Silva Koiranen Motorsport 43
12 Joffrey De Narda ARTA Engineering 36
13 Ukyo Sasahara Euronova Racing 32
14 Simon Gachet ARTA Engineering 26
15 Konstantin Tereschenko Interwetten.com Racing 26
16 Parth Ghorpade BVM Racing 24
17 Simon Tirman ARTA Engineering 20
18 Matthieu Vaxiviere Tech 1 Racing 20
19 Gregor Ramsay Euronova Racing 19
20 Andrew Tang Jenzer Motorsport 16
21 Kevin Gilardoni GSK Grand Prix 16
22 Matt Parry Koiranen Motorsport 15
23 Dario Capitanio BVM Racing 11
24 Marcos Siebert Jenzer Motorsport 10
25 Denis Korneev Jenzer Motorsport 10
26 Luke Chudleigh Tech 1 Racing 8
27 Francisco Mora Interwetten.com Racing 5