Bortolotti Wins Both Races at Inaugural Formula Acceleration 1 Event

by Paul Hensby

Italian Mirko Bortolotti continued his domination of the first weekend of the Formula Acceleration 1 series by winning both races for Team Italy.

The former Formula 2 champion won race one on Saturday by just over five seconds ahead of Dutch driver Nigel Melker, with third placed Sebastian Balthasar of Germany almost half a minute behind the winner. Swede Felix Rosenqvist finished fourth ahead of Slovakian Richard Gonda.

“It went quite well for us,” admitted Bortolotti after the first race. “We had a great start, the car was really good. The team has done a great job for me. I think for myself I’m happy as well, because it’s the first time back in single seaters since 2011 when I won the FIA Formula 3 Championship.

“Coming back and winning the first occasion, scoring two poles, is something that makes me quite proud and happy and I’m happy to score this first win in the new era of ACCELERATION. I’m happy for Italy as well and I’m looking forward for tomorrow, starting from pole, so let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”

Bortolotti’s domination was complete on Sunday when he won race two, again ahead of Melker, winning by 3.602s. Rosenqvist claimed his first podium in third ahead of Balthasar, while Armando Parente was fifth for Team Portugal in front of his home fans.

“It’s a competitive field with experienced drivers,” said Bortolotti on Sunday. “It makes me happy to see the series has got potential. It has been a great weekend for us, actually a perfect one. Two wins, two fastest laps, and two pole positions, so I’m quite happy with the result.

“If I get the chance again, I will try to do the best again and I’m looking forward to the future. The championship has started on the right foot, the cars are massive and the tracks we are going to also, so for it being the first round I’m absolutely delighted with everything.”

Portimao Race 1 Result

1 Mirko Bortolotti Italy 30m46.906s
2 Nigel Melker Netherlands +5.057s
3 Sebastian Balthasar Germany +29.325s
4 Felix Rosenqvist Sweden +36.735s
5 Richard Gonda Slovakia +58.518s
6 Armando Parente Portugal +1m09.433s
7 Oliver Campos China +1m12.478
RET Sergio Campana France 15 Laps
RET Michael Dorrbeckker Mexico 7 Laps
RET Victor Garcia Spain 7 Laps
RET Rodolfo Gonzalez Venezuela 3 Laps

Portimao Race 2 Result

1 Mirko Bortolotti Italy 45m46.750s
2 Nigel Melker Netherlands +3.602s
3 Felix Rosenqvist Sweden +19.964s
4 Sebastian Balthasar Germany +24.801s
5 Armando Parente Portugal +1m02.074s
6 Oliver Campos China +1 Lap
RET Sergio Campana France 23 Laps
RET Victor Garcia Spain 19 Laps
RET Richard Gonda Slovakia 9 Laps
RET Michael Dorrbeckker Mexico 9 Laps
RET Rodolfo Gonzalez Venezuela 7 Laps


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