The 18-year old Bonaldi Motorsport driver, racing in GP3 in 2014, defended his leadership right from the beginning, taking the checkered flag ahead of the Team Lazarus pair of Sergio Campana and Fabrizio Crestani. Grabbing third spot on the podium was German Florian Spengler (Bonaldi Motorsport). Monza Race One also marked a special occasion: the first appearance of the Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo.
The new pairing of Matteo Bobbi and Jay Palmer (Bonaldi Motorsport) also got off to a spectacular start as they cruised to a debut victory in the PRO AM class. Standing with them on the podium were Swiss racer Adrian Amstutz (Konrad Motorsport) and the Leipert Motorsport duo featuring Finn Mikko Eskelinen and Dutchman Kelvin Snoeks. Except for Eskelinen, this was also an all-rookie podium. In Monza, more than half the drivers were making their debut in the championship.
In the AM Class the victory went to Swiss Mark Ineichen from Konrad Motorsport. Second place in the AM Class went to Shota Abkhazava (Artline Team Georgia), who led his class for more than half race. Third place was for Siegfried Vanema and Michael Schaal, supported by Sportec Motorsport.
Carina Lima, the only female driver in the series, along with Andrea Palma won the category reserved for the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo car, with the Italian-Portuguese duo achieving success with Imperiale Racing’s car.
Race One was an unlucky one for many expected protagonists. Among them were Roman Mavlanov and Daniel Zampieri (Antonelli Motorsport) who fought in the early stages for top positions. A couple of mistakes under braking at the Roggia corner slowed down the Raton Racing duo composed of Swiss Patric Niederhauser and Italian Edoardo Liberati. It was also an ill-fated race for the veteran Super Trofeo driver Cedric Leimer (X Bionic Racing Team). A puncture hampered the efforts of Vincenzo Sospiri Racing, with Kei Cozzolino and Shinya Michimi having to settle, despite fighting, for the second position.
The next outing is in Race Two scheduled for tomorrow at 11.30 CET.
At the same time the race will be streamed live on the Lamborghini Squadra Corse website :http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live.
Patrick Kujala #32 – Bonaldi Motorsport (Overall winner and PRO Class):“I was first in the timesheets since the free practices, and I managed to achieve both Pole Positions. The race was pretty easy for me, as I just had to manage the brakes in a difficult track like Monza. Thanks to the team for the fantastic car, I can’t wait for tomorrow’s race.”
Matteo Bobbi #3 – Bonaldi Motorsport (PRO-AM class winner): “I’m really happy for this result. Yesterday we were struggling, as in the first part of the race we were 18th. I took the car and pushed like crazy to the 7th place overall, also winning in PRO-AM.”
Mark Ineichen #11 – Konrad Motorsport (AM class winner): “It has been a perfect race. At the beginning I was quite cautious, but then I recovered and I’m very happy with this success.”
Carina Lima #88 – Imperiale Racing (AMG class winner): “Thanks to all Imperiale Racing, because we create a very strong team. With Andrea Palma we achieved a fantastic win and I hope to be back on the podium in several events.”
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo – Europe
11-12 April Monza (IT)
23-24 May Silverstone (UK)
20-21 June Paul Ricard (FR)
24-25 July Spa Francorchamps (B)
19-20 September Nürburgring (DE)
19-20 November Sebring (USA)
21-22 November Sebring (USA)