Nissany rues lost victory at Monza after corner-cutting penalty

Roy Nissany was twice denied victory by Rene Binder at Monza - Credit: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Roy Nissany moved into second place in the World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship standings after a pair of second place finishes at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza last weekend, but it could have been a much better weekend for the Israeli driver had things gone more his way.

The RP Motorsport driver led from the opening lap to the chequered flag in Saturday’s first race, but found himself relegated to the second step of the podium due to a five-second time penalty for cutting the chicane and gaining an advantage, a penalty that gifted Rene Binder his maiden series victory.

“Yesterday we had some problems with brakes and we made a small gamble before the race,” said Nissany on on Saturday. “I struggled at the first corner. It was not easy to control the car on the LDF configuration.

“I tried to make a gap of more than 5 seconds but René did a good job. Congratulations to him.”

Nissany found himself second again on Sunday after seeing Binder take advantage of the safety car to pull out a huge gap which, despite the Israeli’s best efforts, was too much to close down in the time available to him in the race.

However, Nissany was delighted to be able to take two more podium finishes for the Italian team, and he feels a win is not too far away.

“It’s a kind of deja-vu being again here,” said Nissany on Sunday. “It is a great result for all the team, double podium at their home race, let’s stay focused on the next step.”