Trident experienced one of its most interesting and positive weekends so far in the 2022 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine season, as the series lined up at Zandvoort for round 5. After securing 8th place overall with Leonardo Fornaroli in race 1, the Italian racer delivered another great run in race 2, ending up in P5 overall and second among rookies.
Fornaroli started from the third row after claiming his best-ever qualifying result. He achieved that by setting the third fastest lap time of Group A, only 0.012s away from second-placed Haverkort. At the start, he gained one spot up to P5, which he held until the finish. The race was interrupted by a long red flag situation on lap 2, restarting after about 20 minutes. In the final stages, Fornaroli tried to attack Montoya for P4 overall and the rookie win, but the risk would have been too high. He made the smartest decision, handing himself and Trident a season-best result.
The Maurizio Salvadori-led team was also savoring a sixth-place finish with Tim Tramnitz. The young German, who started from row 4 after scoring P4 in qualifying 2, had fought back to the sixth position. However, contact with David, who was behind him, eventually forced him to retire as happened in Race 1. While luck did not play in his favor, Tramnitz once again showcased great talent.
Roman Bilinski ended up really close to the points zone in P11 as he completed another spectacular comeback from P17 on the grid. The Anglo-Polish driver fought like a lion in the middle of the pack, and pass by pass, he eventually knocked at the door of the points zone.
Roman Bilinski: “Qualifying 2 today was a little bit difficult, but I think I sorted something out for the race. Starting from P17, I made up three positions, and then there was a horrible crash in front of me, so I just hope that both drivers are ok. After the red flag restart, I was able to keep my position and try to fight into the points. In the last lap, I did a really good move which put me P10, but then I couldn’t avoid an incoming car at T9, because if I wouldn’t avoid that we would have crashed, and so I finished P11 in the end”.
Tim Tramnitz: “Really tough weekend for me. I think we had a really great pace from beginning to end. Starting from P7, I made up a place in the first lap, and then I was just managing my race because it was not really possible to overtake with a lot of dirty air. I tried to do my race and look after my tires, but with a few laps to go another driver made quite an optimistic dive on me. We went side by side into a couple of corners until he just turned into me as if I wasn’t there. Really nothing I could have done. I could have finished P6, but in the end, it was another DNF. Quite frustrating because the potential was really high, but let’s see, I think Hungary is a really nice track, and I’m excited to race there”.
Leonardo Fornaroli: “It has been a positive weekend here at Zandvoort, as we bounced back after a tough run at Paul Ricard with a good pace since practice. Race 2 went quite well. Unfortunately, I was unable to pass Montoya to take the rookie win, but we brought home a great fifth place overall, and many points for the championship."