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Trident completes Monte Carlo weekend

Trident completes Monte Carlo weekend

A promising weekend came to an unlucky conclusion at Monte Carlo. Trident leaves Monaco with a points finish, narrowly losing a rookie win. 

The Monte Carlo weekend seemed set to be one of the most complicated of the season for the Trident team since all three drivers of the Italian squad were in for their street racing debut. However, signs were encouraging right from free practice session and  qualifying, with globally high performance. In race 1, Leonardo Fornaroli managed to take ninth place overall, finishing second in the rookie standings, while Tim Tramnitz and Roman Bilinski saw the checkered flag after fighting for a long time in the pack.

The Polish-born British driver, however, was less lucky in race 2. After a good start, he was hit by another driver, and the contact sent him into the Turn 3 barriers, forcing him to retire. Tramnitz did not complete the race as well, as the electronic gearbox problem issue that already affected him in free practice came back in the final race of the weekend while he was in P15. The German racer eventually had to stop for good with only a couple of minutes on the clock.

Fornaroli put up another solid top-10 run. At the start, the 17-year-old Italian replicated the overtaking move that he accomplished in race 1, overtaking Laurens Van Hoepen on the outside of turn 1. By doing so, he also took the lead in the rookie classification. However, a gearbox problem did not allow him to make a gap, and Van Hoepen stayed in his wake throughout the race. With ten minutes to go, Fornaroli made a mistake, losing braking point at the chicane and giving up four positions in the process. He thus dropped back to P12 overall, P5 among the rookies.

The tree Trident drivers will only have to wait three days before being back behind the wheel. Round 4 of the series will be going underway next weekend at Le Castellet.

Leonardo Fornaroli: "I think it was simply a very unlucky race. I had a good start and managed to overtake Van Hoepen in turn 1, taking the lead in the rookie class. Unfortunately, a small gearbox problem slowed me down, and I had to defend myself throughout the race from his attacks, until I made a mistake in turn 10, missing the braking point with about 10 minutes to go. Four cars passed me, and I could no longer recover in the closing stages. Truly a shame to have missed the rookie win, but I hope to bounce back at Paul Ricard.”

Roman Bilinski: “Unfortunate race for me. I had a good start and got a couple of places into turn 1, but I just got hit by another driver in turn 3. He sent me in the wall and my race was over, nothing I could done. Full focus onto Paul Ricard now”.

Tim Tramnitz: “I think my start into the race was quite good, and I managed to overtake one car in the first corner. I had also a good safety car restart and overtook another car at the hairpin with a very nice move. Then I just followed the other cars during the race, it was not possible to make other overtakes. Unfortunately with a few minutes to the end, the gearbox failed again, and I was not able to shift properly like it happened on Thursday. I hope we can solve this electronic issue before Paul Ricard”.