Nelson Mason celebrates double rookie victory at Monza

Nelson Mason finished as the rookie winner in both Monza races - Credit: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Nelson Mason secured a double rookie victory at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, with the Canadian driver securing sixth place in both races last weekend.

The Teo Martin Motorsport driver grabbed sixth heading into the final corner of the final lap from Diego Menchaca during Saturday’s opening race, and he felt it was a good recovery drive having made a bad start.

“It was a really good race,” said Mason on on Saturday. “We had a bad start and we had to recover, especially considering my starting position.

“The car was really strong in race conditions and we were expecting it but the real problem was getting around the LDF cars, they were really quick in the straights.

“I made some good moves and now we have a point to build on for tomorrow.”

Mason also took sixth in Sunday’s second race, inheriting the position when team-mate Konstantin Tereschenko was hit with a five-second time penalty, with the result making it a double rookie victory at Monza.

The Canadian admitted to struggling with his brakes throughout the race, so to claim rookie honours again he felt was a good result for him.

“I had a massive brake issue during the whole race so being the best rookie, also because of Konstantin’s penalty, is a good result after all,” admitted Mason.

“We were back again to the fight here in Monza and we back home with two P6 and a double rookie podium that give us a good amount of points.   I want to thank again the team effort during all the weekend to achieve these results. We’ll keep working hard to be on top in Jerez.”