The Italian squad delivered another top-10 performance in Q2 for its maiden FRECA event at Monza.
The opening round of the 2022 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine was wrapped up today at Monza, with the Trident team securing positive results again at its series debut. The team showed great adaptation skills and confirmed the excellent impressions of preseason testing. A key highlight came at the end of Race 1, where the team secured its maiden points finish under pouring rain.
Leonardo Fornaroli delivered P9 in the opening qualifying session of the year and was the best among the rookies of the series promoted ACI Sport and Alpine. He later rounded out the top-10 in Race 1 and was third in the rookie classification. Unfortunately, he faced tougher luck in the second qualifying. A late red flag took his final flying attempt away while he was making clear progress. Roman Bilinski, who was drafted for Group 1 like Fornaroli, also lost a valuable chance to improve, ending up seventh in the group.
On the other hand, Tim Tramnitz starred in Group B, which was the first to go on track. On the damp tarmac of the legendary venue, the German managed a brilliant fourth place, which handed him eighth place in row 4. Tramnitz was the second-best rookie in the ranking. Throughout the race, he suffered a greater tyre degradation than expected, losing ground in the final stages. The Trident driver finished in P12, fourth among rookies.
Bilinski tucked behind Tramnitz for a long time, but a contender made contact with him at the first chicane. The resulting damage made it impossible for the British-Polish driver to defend his position, and he eventually slipped down to P19. Fornaroli managed to put up a great recovery with an all-out attacking race, gaining seven spots up to P16 at the end.
The next round for the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine is set for the May 8th weekend.
Leonardo Fornaroli: “The day didn't start in the best way for me. I was doing a lap that could have made me start near the top-10 in Qualifying 2, but the red flag at the end prevented me from finishing it, so I started far behind for Race 2. I still tried to give my best. Unfortunately, I was touched by another car in the opening lap, and my diffuser and wing support were damaged. However, I tried to push through and help myself with some overtaking, so I managed to regroup and move up to P16".
Roman Bilinski: “Difficult day for myself. In qualifying, we showed a lot of pace and if it wasn’t for the red flag, we could have been in the top-4, which would have been great. We were just unlucky. The first half of the race was so good as well, we had great pace again. I went up a lot of positions, but unfortunately, I got hit in T1, which gave me a bit of damage. From that point, it was impossible to stay where we were. Overall, we got some good positives but we were also a bit unlucky. We still have many things to work on”.
Tim Tramnitz: “The grid position for today’s race was quite good as we did a really good job in Qualifying 2, considering the difficult conditions we had. After a good start, I struggled a bit with the rear tires, we need to look at the data to understand why it was the case. So after the first few laps, I was just trying to defend my position as clever as I could, also using the push-to-pass in the most clever possible way. P12 is not the position we want, so we will work hard to find out what we’re missing to come back stronger in Imola”.