Imola was a challenge for sure, but the skill and talent on display at this final race was incredible. After the conflict of Silverstone, this round was a masterclass in motorsport. Howler took victory once more with the Scarab always on its tail, but never quite managing to close the gap. Eric Olsen came close quite a few times, but focused his attention on defending against the Smooth, which struggled to deal with the blocking moves from the Flare and overcooked it on the last lap at Variante Alta. Still, he pushed the Komodo out of the way multiple times, even when the KSR tuned car managed to over take him on 3 consecutive laps on the pit straight.
There was a big surprise though on lap 5, when the KHT Merna suddenly appeared behind Harry Vincent's ErinSport Merna. Miles Phillips's KHT was slower on the straights, but easily matched Vincent in the corners, and there was evident fear on the ErinSport team's faces for a good 4 laps that the German tuned version of their car could beat them. It wasn't too be though; a sneak overtake from the Zavir of Andre Vaillancourt broke up the fight and allowed the ErinSport car to get away - only for Valliancourt to come into contact with the KHT at Tosa and fell behind. The Infinity and JHW Juha Makinen and Blaithin Riordan quickly pounced and passed him on the climb up to Piratella. Both cars came within millimetres of one another, but never came into contact, and instead gave us some superb action for the last quarter of the race.
Behind them, Cornaldier, Baltazar and Sachiuri and Maesima battled for 10th, with each other three looking likely to take it at one point or another. The battle of the Anikatian marques resumed where it had left off, but ended in a convincing win for Sachiuri once more. The group were never out of each others sites, and were tailed by the back end of the mid-field, which this race were fighting fierecely for the bottom end of the points positions. Bamtech got sideways twice whilst fighting with the Maesima, while Loan Fierar's Bogliq danced with it for a whole lap on lap 3. He was soon fighting off jabs from the Yasmin Rodrigues-piloted Gamma and Riley Stephenson in his IDSport Carthage. Gamma, however, came off worse after some bodywork flew off while blasting through Tamburello, with the IDSport having to dodge the loose bumper and costing it the lap. The Nimessa got involved, matching the Carthage almost perfectly performance wise on this track.
It fell behind slightly, though not far, only to find itself up against the Verona of Andrew Robson. It made for a classic touring car scene; two of the worlds leading family cars, one slightly larger and one slightly smaller, fighting one another for position. The STF Andrea Colciago got bored of just watching and dived in on lap 7, scrapping with the French mid-size sedan through Rivazza and Variante Bassa. It was exactly what the crowd had come here for. Thomas Giordano's Kimura had been fighting with these two previously, but fell behind after a dodgy lap, allowing it to take it easy for the rest of the race.
The back 4 were fairly close for much of the race despite the clear differences in performance. Once again, Aaron "Viper" Montanya in his Solo Beaver got ahead early, but was soon reeled in by the lumbering Contendiente Gladiator, who was surprisingly competent on even the most technical parts of the track. The Ecamobile of Basim Nakeed and Rayyan Rawat in the Sabre both caught up to get inolved, with the four forming a train through Acque Minerali on lap 10, only for it all to go wrong after the Maus and the Ardent crashed into each other and went off the track, ultimately shoving the Sabre into last.
The final season standings are as follows:
At last, no one is drawing! It only took the whole season to break that midfield. The awards ceremony will follow in a few hours time!