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Trident scores top-5 finish with Fornaroli at Mugello

Trident scores top-5 finish with Fornaroli at Mugello

On the ups and downs of Mugello, Trident achieved a valuable top-5 finish in race 1 of the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine. Thanks to this result, the team led by Maurizio Salvadori, making its debut in the competitive series, completed its record of scoring points on all ten circuits visited during the season. Trident also tied rivals MP Motorsport for fifth place in the team ranking with 132 points.

In the first qualifying session held in the morning, Leonardo Fornaroli came close to achieving his first pole position of the season. The 17-year-old from Piacenza took the lead in Group B but was nipped by Victor Bernier by just 0.025s. In his final run, Fornaroli managed to lower his mark, but not enough to get ahead of the Frenchman, finishing second by 0.018s. 

Fornaroli started race 1 from the fourth spot, while Tim Tramnitz took off from P16, and Roman Bilinski, making his first appearance on the challenging Tuscan track, started from P30. Tramnitz delivered a magnificent start, gaining three spots immediately. In the following laps, he managed to move up to 10th place, which he surrendered only in the final stages restarting after a safety car situation.

Fornaroli finished fifth with a smart race, securing pivotal points for the rookie ranking. His main rival for the rookie title is only kept in by math as he follows Leonardo six points behind. Bilinski also put up an excellent recovery to P21 with a strong pace.

Roman Bilinski: “Tricky qualifying to start the day but we already know what to improve for tomorrow. The race was honestly one of the best I’ve done this year with some incredible overtakes. The pace was good and the race, in general, was strong, we just need to fix qualifying for tomorrow”.

Tim Tramnitz: “We thought we could achieve a good result in qualifying because we were fast yesterday in the collective test. But unfortunately, I struggled a bit. From P16 on the grid I had a very good start, gaining three positions. Then I moved to P10, but after the safety car I struggled a bit with the tyres and I also run out of push-to-pass, so it was really difficult to defend. P11 is a good improvement but it’s such a shame not to score points”.

Leonardo Fornaroli: “It has been a good day. This morning we had a positive qualifying and we ended up second in group only a few thousands away from the fastest lap time. I found great chemistry with the car and I drove better compared to yesterday. During the race I tried to manage the tyres as efficiently as possible, and not take useless risks, ending up in P5. I brought home great points for the championship, let’s see how it goes for the final race of the weekend.”