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Trident takes top-10 finish at Monte Carlo

Trident takes top-10 finish at Monte Carlo

The Italian squad is lining up for a double effort at Monte Carlo, running in the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine and in the FIA Formula 2 Championship. The team was able to harvest valuable points for the championship as its drivers showed great pace.

The prestigious frame of the Grand Prix of Monaco welcomed teams and drivers of the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine for round 3 of 2022 after the first two outings were in Italy at Monza and Imola. The three Trident Motorsport drivers were making their street racing debut Roman Bilinski, Tim Tramnitz and Leonardo Fornaroli showed a great pace since practice and carried the same momentum into qualifying. 

The team's three drivers were placed in Group B, as they all held odd-numbered positions in the driver standings before the event. Bilinski quickly gained some chemistry in the first few minutes of the session, setting several record sector times. Unfortunately, the Anglo-Polish driver hit the wall with his right rear at the exit of turn 16, damaging his car and thus having to stop his running, losing the chance to put his great potential to fruition.

Fornaroli managed to improve steadily to P3 with five minutes to go, when a red flag halted the session. Once restarted, Leonardo  could not improve his lap time, giving up a couple of positions to finish fifth, thus securing the fifth row of the grid for the two races. Tim Tramnitz performed well despite an electric gearbox problem in free practice, qualifying ninth of his group. He got a double row 9 start for the two races, which will feature only 28 out of the 37 entered drivers.

In race 1, Fornaroli vaulted from P10 to P9 with a deep braking move on the outside of turn 1. From then on, Leonardo managed his car, securing the team's fourth points finish in five races. Tramnitz gained two positions during the first lap, moving up from P18 to P16. The German also gained two more spots due to contact in front of him, but a red-flag situation reverted the order. Starting in P19, Bilinski managed to improve one position, ending up in P18. 

Roman Bilinski: “First time in Monaco and in qualifying we immediately show we had a lot of pace, but unfortunately I hit the wall in T16 after setting two purple sectors. I am extremely sorry to the team, but at least we showed a lot of potential. Starting from the back in race 1, it was so hard to overtake. I got a few moves done, but after that it was pretty much finished. We still learned loads, and that’s a good thing”.

Tim Tramnitz: “Obviously I was very happy to race here in Monaco, but I think we already started a bit on the backfoot because of an electronic gearbox issue in practice which didn’t allowed us to do as many laps as we wanted to. Qualifying was basically my free practice, I meant to qualify P9 in my group, which was disappointing especially after the pace we had in Imola. In race 1, I started P18 and ended up P16. I used my opportunity at the start, but after that, I couldn’t do anymore. I think I will just enjoy now to race in Monaco and everything around”.

Leonardo Fornaroli: “It's incredibly exciting to race at Monte Carlo, it s one of the best tracks I have ever driven on. Yesterday I managed to finish P5 in my group, which means to start from P9 and P10 in the two races. My start wasn't perfect today, but I managed to make gains in turn 1, passing Leon and moving up one spot. After that, I kept my position, collecting more valuable points for the championship."