Floersch 8th in Formula 3 Regional second race in Imola
Updated: Sep 2, 2019
Sophia Floersch finished as she started the Formula 3 Regional Europe second race in Imola.
Starting from eighth on the grid, Floersch had a good getaway in the first metres but was then overtaken by the Kic Racing driven by Konsta Lappalainen.
It was Caldwell to take the lead from Vesti though, with race 1 winner Igor Fraga keeping third place.
At the second lap Guzman and Schumacher had a great battle on the main straight: the two drivers went side by side before the first corner, before the Mexican driver brought himself up to fourth.
In the early stages of the race, Fittipaldi lost momentum and dropped a few places. He ended up 7th, behind Matteo Nannini. The Prema driver tried for most of the race to regain the place from the Italian, but wasn't able to pull a move.
Sophia Floersch attempted a move on Lappalainen at the first Rivazza corner, but the Finnish defended well and Marcos Siebert took advantage of the battle ahead of him, closing the gap on Floersch. On the main straight, though, Sophia Floersch managed to went side by side with Lappalainen and completed a decisive attack to regain eighth place. The gap from Fittipaldi looked then too much to close for the Van Amersfoort driver, but she kept lapping competitively and in the very last minutes joined the three car battle with Fittipaldi and Nannini.
Championship leader Frederik Vesti psuhed hard to put pressure on his Prema temmate and, eventually, he pushed Caldwell to a mistake. With 14 minutes left on the clock, in fact, Caldwell went wide at the Rivazza breaking point, allowing Vesti to quickly steal the lead of the race and check out from the rest of the pack.
Sharon Scolari spun at Variante Alta chicane, before resuming. She pitted as a precautionary measure to check potential car damages and retook the way of the racetrack.
With two laps to go, Bardinon went off-track as a consequence of a broken front suspension at Villeneuve corner.
After 19 laps, Vesti took home another victory for Prema, followed by a Caldwell and Fraga. Floersch finished 8th and was again author of a highly spectacular overtaking move.
Sharon Scolari completed the race and will now look forward to tomorrow's third and fourth races to further improve her pace.
Sophia Floersch was not in the mood to comment on her race following the Formula 2 accident at Spa Francorchamps.
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