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Trident has impressive comeback to points zone

Trident has impressive comeback to points zone

Leonardo Fornaroli completed the opening race at Zandvoort in P8, claiming four points for the driver and team championships. 

By securing an 8th place finish today at Zandvoort, Trident confirmed its positive form in the 2022 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine. After scoring points in the first four rounds of the year, the team achieved the same result in the opening race of round five. The Italian squad rebounded from a tough qualifying session that saw its three drivers qualify close to the overall top-10.

At the start of race 1, Tim Tramnitz recovered one position compared to the start, moving up to P10. In the first part of the race, the German managed his tires, saving as many push-to-pass uses as possible for the final run. Unfortunately, however, he was forced to stop by a failure of the mounting bracket screw on lap 12. 

Leonardo Fornaroli stepped in to take the team into the top 10. The Italian had a brilliant start from row 7 on the grid. Fornaroli waited until the final two laps to launch his attack for 10th place and eventually succeeded. In addition, two drivers were penalized after the race, promoting the 17-year-old from Piacenza to P8, his best result of the season, together with the two eighth-place finishes at Imola. Fornaroli also solidified his second place in the rookie ranking.

Roman Bilinski was no less impressive, fighting his way through the pack. The 18-year-old Anglo-Polish racer tucked in Fornaroli's slipstream, and was eyeing the points zone in the closing stages, but was pushed off-line by another driver, losing a couple of spots and finishing 11th.

The weekend will continue with qualifying 2 and race 2 tomorrow. The Trident drivers will have another chance to showcase their potential.

Leonardo Fornaroli: “It’s been quite a positive day here at Zandvoort. Qualifying was a bit difficult due to a mistake of mine, and we did not make it into the top 5 of our group. I had a good start from P14 and managed to get by one car. With five minutes to go, the safety car came on track and made for an eventful final part of the race. At the re-start, I managed to pass Bernier for P10, which then became P8 following a couple of penalties. We are happy with our race pace, and we hope to do even better tomorrow.”

Roman Bilinski: “Good way to end the day. Qualifying was quite difficult this morning, didn’t really have the pace. But I think I did a really good job in the race, starting from P18, I had the chance di go for points in the last lap, but unfortunately, I got pushed off, but that’s racing. I’m happy with my performance, I had a good pace, and we go into tomorrow to see what we can do”.

Tim Tramnitz: “I had quite a good start into the first race, I managed to make up one place during the first lap, and then we had quite a good pace compared to the cars in front. Tire degradation was not as much as we expected, and the car felt really well. I think I would be able to attack the cars in front, especially in the end, as I had quite a lot of push-to-pass left, but unfortunately, we experienced a failure of the mounting bracket screw in turn 11. It really is a shame because we could have taken a couple of points with us today, but anyway, I think we have many positives to take, especially pace-wise, and let’s see what we can do tomorrow”.