Pulcini withstands Fioravanti challenge for opening Monza victory

Leonardo Pulcini - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

Leonardo Pulcini put in a faultless display as he clinched his fifth victory of the 2016 EuroFormula Open season and extend his lead on top of the championship standings.

The Campos Racing driver battled into the lead early at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza ahead of pole sitter Damiano Fioravanti and Sam MacLeod, and was able to control the race from the front thereafter, clinching victory by 1.120 seconds.

Fioravanti did not let Pulcini get away but was forced to settle for second for RP Motorsport, his best result of the season to date, but behind the leading duo, it was a classic Monza slipstreaming affair, with Ferdinand Habsburg ultimately coming out on top to complete the podium for Drivex School.

Enaam Ahmed equalled his best result of the season in fourth for RP Motorsport but only after a great battle with team-mates Antoni Ptak and Tanart Sathienthirakul and Campos Racing’s Diego Menchaca.

Polish driver Ptak ultimately claimed fifth ahead of Mexican racer Menchaca, while Thai driver Sathienthirakul ultimately finished at the back of this chain of cars in seventh.

Ye Hongli was eighth for BVM Racing at the front of another chain of cars, with Nikita Zlobin ninth in the sole Teo Martin Motorsport machine, while Nikita Troitskiy completed the top ten in the second Drivex School entry.

MacLeod’s early promise, including leading on the first lap, ultimately led to nothing as the Fortec Motorsports driver found himself shuffled down the order and finished twelfth.

Carlin driver Colton Herta also finished outside the points after being forced to pit for a new front wing after a clash with one of the RP drivers heading into Parabolica.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza Race 1 Result

18Leonardo PulciniITACampos Racing28:39.157
23Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport+1.120
362Ferdinand HabsburgAUTDrivex School+4.371
44Enaam AhmedGBRRP Motorsport+7.393
51Antoni PtakPOLRP Motorsport+7.939
67Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing+8.489
75Tanart SathienthriakulTHARP Motorsport+8.581
821Ye HongliCHNBVM Racing+14.004
972Nikita ZlobinRUSTeo Martin Motorsport+14.466
1091Nikita TroitskiyRUSDrivex School+14.521
112Kusiri KantadheeTHARP Motorsport+16.811
1228Sam MacLeodGBRFortec Motorsports+18.224
1365Ricardo CazzanigaITADAV Racing+38.452
149Gulhuseyn AbdullayeuAZECampos Racing+47.748
1518Danielle CazzanigaITADAV Racing+54.553
1698Colton HertaUSACarlin+58.905
1751Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin+1 Lap
RET6Julio MorenoECUCampos RacingRetired
RET47Keyvan AndresGERCarlinRetired
RET20Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM RacingRetired