Budapest, Race 1: sub judice win for Ceccon

Budapest, Race 1: sub judice win for Ceccon

04.06.2011: Sub judice win for Kevin Ceccon in Race 1 in Budapest, after a race that was deeply influenced by the Safety-Car that came on track on lap 9 for a crash involving Marco Barba




Sub judice win for Kevin Ceccon in Race 1 in Budapest, after a race that was deeply influenced by the Safety-Car that came on track on lap 9 for a crash involving Marco Barba. The Safety-Car picked up Filippi but the Italian driver wasn’t the leader anymore, as he had just served his mandatory pit-stop.


Ceccon was leading in that moment and with all the group blocked behind the Safety-Car, he had the chance to complete two laps at nearly full racing speed, building up an impressive advantage that allowed him to change his tyres without worries, then taking the checkered flag with a 50” advantage on the nearest rival.


At the end of the race, anyway, Race Direction decided to hand Ceccon a 60” penalty for not slowing enough during the caution period; With the penalty dropping Kevin to P5, Ombra immediately filed an appeal that freezes the classification giving Ceccon a sub judice win until the matter will be discussed by the Hungarian ASN.


The final controversy took the attention away from an exciting race that took off with an amazing start by Fabio Onidi, who passed both Ceccon and Luca Filippi and took the lead. Anyway Filippi was quicker, and came back on the Lazarus driver, passing him on lap 6 and immediately building a gap; unfortunately, Luca ruined his race later on with a mistake at the pit-stop.


In the meantime Tambay had chosen an early pit-stop strategy to avoid traffic, and it worked flawlessly, putting him in 3rd position when all the rivals completed their tyre changes, behind Venturini and ahead of Onidi. Venturini, who again did a very good race, had to cope with heavy tyre wear in the final laps and on lap 19 he did a mistake that offered the Frenchman an easy chance for a pass.


So Tambay crossed the line 2nd ahead of Venturini, with Onidi 4th keeping at bay a very focused Sergei Afanasiev. Rodolfo Gonzalez did a very good recovery finishing fifth from P11 on the grid. The driver from Caracas finished ahead of Fabrizio Crestani and Pasquale Di Sabatino, who will start from pole position in tomorrow’s Race 2 thanks to the reversed grid.
 

Kevin Ceccon:
“We decided to lodge an appeal because we think that we can’t pay a mistake made by who called the Safety-Car in. Furthermore, I’ve been punished for not slowing down while both those laps were around 2” slower than my race pace. This is why we think that appealing was our right. It’s a pity because I’m not really enjoying this win…”.
 

Adrien Tambay:
“I’m a bit confused by what happened with the Safety-Car, but apart from this my race was really good, and the call we did with the team with the early pit-stop was the right one. A second place is a good result anyway, and I hope that the appeal will be refused”.
 

Giovanni Venturini:
“My start was good, I passed Ceccon and I tried to go on the inside of Onidi, but he quickly closed the door. From then on the race was good, my car was really quick so I managed to control the race with no worries until the last laps, when tyre wear made things tricky. Anyway without my mistake I would have been second, I touched the grass under braking and Adrien went through”.
 


Filippo Zanier, Auto GP  photo

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04.06.2011 / MaP

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