The second round of the 2022 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine will go in the books as one of the longest-running ever. The 36 drivers of the field went on track for the first time on Wednesday for a collective test session, which ended in the same pouring rain that affected Friday practice. Trident starred in the wet sessions, with Tim Tramnitz ending up sixth in the second one, and Leonardo Fornaroli finishing tenth in the opening one.
Qualifying 1 was run with a dry track on Saturday morning and the drivers managed to go back to slick tires, divided into two groups. Fornaroli scored the fifth fastest lap of Group A, ending up ninth overall and third among rookies. Tramnitz was fifth in Group B and tenth overall, while Roman Bilinski finished in P8 of his group and P16 overall.
Race 1 was disrupted by several crashes that led to an early red flag, two safety cars, and then another red flag when the time was running out at the end.
The Trident drivers kept their cool and brought home points. Fornaroli, finished in P8, followed by Tramnitz, who got his maiden top-10 finish, while Bilinski took P14. For the Italian squad, led by Maurizio Salvadori in its first FRECA season, it was the best result so far. In the previous event at Monza, Fornaroli had achieved a top-10 finish in race 1.
Roman Bilinski: “I’m not satisfied with my qualifying performance. The team gave me a great car that I could not fully take advantage of due to a mistake in my fastest lap, the one that would have probably brought me to the front. I know I have to fix this aspect, and I’m working on it. The race was really complicated, with several safety cars and red flags, but we know we have a great race pace and we will be able to fight for the points shortly. We have to work hard to be prepared for tomorrow. Thank you to the team for the work done!”
Tim Tramnitz: “Basically it was my second day in dry conditions on this track, so I can be quite pleased with the final result. I was able to get more comfortable step by step and secured a good position in qualifying. In the race, my start was not perfect, but I maintained my position on lap 1. Then it was just about getting a good restart after so many safety car periods and trying to attack in front, but there were too many interruptions, so it was not really possible to race. Anyway, this track is really funny and I’m ready for tomorrow”.
Leonardo Fornaroli: “Great day here in Imola. I am satisfied with my qualifying as I got the fifth-fastest lap time in group A, finishing ninth in the combined classification. Unfortunately, I made some small mistakes, which cost me a position or two. The race was very complicated with the safety cars and the two red flags, so I couldn't do much to recover positions. However, I am satisfied to have finished in the top 10 both in qualifying and in the race. I have to thank the team so much for giving me a very competitive car ”.