Imola – Sprint: Colapinto wins on the last lap, no points for the French

Franco Colapinto ended up getting the better of Paul Aron on the last lap in a Sprint Race where Isack Hadjar was forced to retire while Victor Martins started too far away.

Published on 18/05/2024 à 15:21

Gonzalo Forbes

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Imola – Sprint: Colapinto wins on the last lap, no points for the French

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  • Day of firsts on the Imola side in the promotion formulas this Saturday. After Christmas León in F3, it was Franco Colapinto (MP Motorsport) who gleaned his first success in his category, this time during the Sprint Race of the F2.
  • Starting second, the Argentinian almost lost everything in the first meters. Author of a very average start where he had to elbow his way to stay 3e, Franco Colapinto then got back upright when the race restarted at 6e turn.
  • Quickly getting rid of Amaury Cordeel (Hitech GP), the South American set off to attack the leader Paul Aron (Hitech GP) over whom he was 2 seconds behind. Returning to contact with around ten laps remaining, Franco Colapinto unfortunately never managed to find an opening on the Estonian. Everything led to believe that the latter would achieve his first victory in F2 but an error at the dawn of the last lap conditioned his end of the race.
  • Exiting too wide from the last corner, Paul Aron saw the Argentinian rushing towards him and despite a tough defense at the first braking, he was unable to maintain his position. Although he complained on the radio that the maneuver was not legal, the race management agreed with Franco Colapinto. Zane Maloney (Rodin Motorsport) completed the podium ahead of Amaury Cordeel and Ollie Bearman (Prema).
  • This victory is however not yet confirmed since the incident at the start involving Franco Colapinto, Roman Stanek (Trident) and Isack Hadjar (Campos) was noted by the stewards and could be analyzed. While trying to defend his position, the Argentinian shifted while Stanek touched Hadjar while trying to avoid contact, sending the Frenchman into the background.

  • For Victor Martins (ART Grand Prix), this Sprint Race came down to trying to gain as many places as possible while enjoying the events on track. Starting 21st and penultimate, the Habs managed to move up to 13th place. The gap was too big to hope for more.

The Main Race is scheduled for this Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

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Gonzalo Forbes

In charge of promotion formulas (F2, F3, FRECA, F4...). Carried by the grace of Franco Colapinto.

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