Today we’re here at the modern home of european motor racing! Monza is one of the most historic racing circuits on the planet and today we’re going to be sending these touring cars around it on the limit. Monza has always been an interesting circuit and will undoubtedly produce some interesting results leading up to the race.
Italy is a country with deep motorsport heritage, and Monza is at the peak of that heritage. Today we found out who could conquer this incredible circuit and lead the field off the line.
Top 10 Rundown
It was a FAAL top four once again as the french manufacturer continued to assert its’ dominance over the WST crown. Blue Bulls Josh Greenburg stole pole today, with Franck Keller and Jordan Weissmuller completing the top three positions. Bri Neuwvale lined up fourth, over a second slower than his team mate.
Jason Jackie of Keika lined up ahead of Michael Martins, nearly half a second quicker than his fellow brit and just under four tenths slower than current drivers championship leader. Andrew Kelly and Aato Laakkonen lined up seventh and eighth respectively, the Machinima Motorworks driver impressed as Haapala continued to put themselves into positions they’d thought impossible from Race 1.
Ninth went to the Bramhall of Karel De Lang who once again performed well in qualifying, with Bastien Lefèbvre completing the top ten for ART. Issak Seppa missed out on another Haapala double top ten by exactly three tenths, but the Finn wasn’t disappointed with his performance.
The usual suspects found themselves at the bottom of the grid once again. Despite having impressive speedtrap figures the Epoch just couldn’t run with the rest of the field through the corners. Yoshiki Sato fills out that bottom slot on the grid with Goldright P29.
React once again join the bottom five with Bruce and Sharon Kelly Twenty eighth and twenty seventh respectively. Natori’s Jamie Hunter ended up P26, rounding out the bottom five cars of the field.
It’s one of the longest runs into Turn 1 here and we should see some incredible action here today. The drivers are ready and we’re expecting a great battle across the field as we build up to this start of what is going to be an incredible race. The final cars are lining up on the grid, we’re just about ready to go!
Lights out and away we go here at Monza and Neuwvale again with a good start Jackie too he’s up into third! First time Keika have launched well but look at Benali! The Moroccan has come out of nowhere to jump ahead of Martins who’s just lost out! Ratikin has thrown himself up into the top 10 with another good launch as the Haapala’s and the Bramhalls have fallen back! Victor Takala has also made a good start and has got himself into the points positions off the line!
Only one lap gone and we already have a driver out with engine failure! This is going to hurt the frenchman like nothing else. It’s the most frustrating thing being left in the dark as to where you could’ve finished, especially when it’s completely out of his hands.
Robert Defoi has hit the kerbs and it’s completely destroyed the suspension on that Vulcan! One wheel pointing one way one wheel pointing the other, classic steering failure. He’ll be glad he got it parked out of the way cause moving that car is going to be hard work for the marshalls.
And Josh Greenburg Bins it on the exit of Parabolica! He’s thrown away a win over his teammate here today and that was a hard crash! He seems to be moving around in the cab but he will be distraught at having thrown away a real chance for him to win here today!
That is a Catastrophic crash! Yoshiki Sato has thrown that car hard into the wall, he’s moving around the cab but that is going to hurt in the morning! The Medical car will be there soon to take him for a checkup by the circuit doctor, but he’s walking around and that’s a good sign.
Bruce Kelly becomes another victim of Monza’s kerbs, he’s attacked the exit of Ascari way too hard and it has snapped that front left suspension completely. They weren’t in the running for the points but it will still be hard for bruce to accept such a poor showing here today. It is the heaviest car here but even so a failure like that is not what you want at all.
What a catastrophic failure for Michael Martins! The whole car jumped with that failure it’s a miracle he didn’t throw it in the wall! The Keika has rolled into the gravel but that V6 engine is absolutely destroyed. I’ve never seen a car hop from an engine blowout so that must’ve been hideous under that hood.
Oh my goodness me right on the final lap we have another engine failure and it’s Flores! Alejandro Flores Junior has lost his engine heading in towards Parabolica and he isn’t going to be able to coast it across the line, that’ll be a DNF in sight of the finish. That is the vengefulness of the racing gods in full force.
Some say this win was gifted to her but she didn’t set a foot wrong as others went off around her, It’s Bri Neuwvale to win here at Monza! Franck Keller and Jordan Weissmuller cross the line second a third to make it an all FAAL Podium. Jason Jackie just misses out in P4 and an incredible performance from James Ratikin puts him in fifth! Karima Benali sends the Contendiente into sixth whilst the two Haapalas finish with both cars in the top ten; taking seventh and eighth respectively. Tyler Freshner works his way into the points for Vulcan, ending ninths, and Karel De Lang finally puts himself on the board with a tenth place.
Kevin Parsons follows his teammate home in eleventh, followed by Porter, Takala, Andrew Kelly, and Frederick Ward rounding out the points paying positions for LHE. Enriqua Lara just misses out with Jamie Hunter chasing her down, in the end the Natori was only good enough for P17. The two Zavoevanies end up eighteenth and nineteenth, followed by Manchen, Adams, Sharon Kelly, and Lucas Goldright rounds out the finishers.
The longest run into turn one on the calendar and we’ve had an incredible race here today! It’s been something else with crashes, failures, joyous moments and crushing defeats. Now, we head to the pitlane with Steven Verhoeven for our race round up.
Post Race Round Up
SV: It’s the curse of Pole striking again as Greenburg crashes out of a comfortable lead, leaving the win for his teammate to take. It was an incredible race and the high engine loads proved too much for several drivers including fan favourite Michael Martins. He’s been a great character for the story of the season but this failure will hurt his chances at the drivers title, and hurt Keika’s attempts to overhaul The FAAL’s. One thing is for certain, that engine failure was spectacular.
AM: In all my years commentating I’ve never seen a car hop off the ground with a failure. That engine must’ve thrown something heavy because that was a vicious accident. Michael Martins proved his driving skill there in keeping it pointing straight after it blew.
SV: Alejandro Flores too, that engine just couldn’t take any more and it’s such a shame to see him get so close to the end and be unable to cross the line. I’m sure that will hurt his pride an awful lot, and give Contendiente something to think about considering where Benali was.
AM: It was a total heartbreak for Flores, but I’d like to turn my attention to Eddie. We saw a couple cars go out in crashes, and a couple cars go out with suspension failures. My question has to be about that ute because that wasn’t a normal failure there.
EA: Yeah it was certainly a different failure. Bruce builds these racing cars for a living and he’ll be less than pleased to see that his car has failed him after hitting the kerbs like that. The SUV is a md creation and to be frank I’m impressed how well it takes the bumps, for me it was just a matter of time until the suspension failed there.
AM: Alright, what about Yoshiki Sato? That was a hard impact, we’ve yet to hear from the medical officers but it’s not been long after the race, we’ll be hoping for something soon.
EA: It was a very hard impact, I’ve had my fair share of shunts from back in my Rally days but that was something else. Thankfully it looked spectacular, which usually means you don’t actually get that hard an impact. The ones you watch out for are the sudden stops, that’s the ones that do the damage.
SV: We can be glad that the one thing Epoch did right was the safety cell. That thing took that impact well and I guarantee Yoshiki will be perfectly fine, especially considering he got in the medical car himself. I’ve never gone in the air like that but I have had my fair share of big crashes so I can tell you walking away from something like that, it’s a good sign.
AM: And on that note we must end this here today, it has been an exciting race full of ups and downs, and we expect it to stay that way as we head to the redbull ring next time out. Its a fast circuit and not one to be taken lightly, so from me, Alex McKinwell, and my co-hosts Steven Verhoeven and Eddie Austin, thank you for watching and we hope you tune in next time in Austria.