Wong takes the winAlberto Cola’s post-race joy was short-lived. Cola crossed the line first, followed by Kuppens and Mac but officials later awarded Race 2 at the third round of the Maserati Trofeo to Brian Wong after the first three to finish were penalised 25” for not making a drive-through
Alberto Cola’s post-race joy was short-lived. Cola crossed the line first, followed by Kuppens and Mac but officials later awarded Race 2 at the third round of the Maserati Trofeo to Brian Wong after the first three to finish were penalised 25” for not making a drive-through. This had been handed out for their exceeding the track speed limit.
Penalties rained down during the race as quite a few drivers strayed over the white line heading out of Copse. They had also done the same thing in Race 1 but the officials came down harder this time.
Cola, Kuppens and Mac were not the only drivers slapped with a drive through as Calamia, Simoni, Bakker, Overgaard, Fascicolo, Denny, Gardelli and Delli Guanti all suffered the same fate.
The action itself saw five drivers - Cola, Kuppens, Mac, Calamia and Simoni - fight it out. The group laid down a series of quick laps all around the 2’12” mark. Simoni was the first driver to drop off the pace as the leaders were competing among themselves. Ange Barde was one driver who could have closed the gap, especially after his good start saw him take the lead. His stint in top spot didn’t last long, however: trying to hold off Cola, he got things wrong heading into Maggots and Becketts, spun and dropped down the field.
Up front, Cola was building a healthy lead over Kuppens with Mac close behind. The Dane then made an error trying to edge past a back marker, Rayneri. The two cars collided and Rayneri spun right in front of him on the straight leading into Stowe. Mac had no option but to slow down and this allowed the hungry pack to close in.
The front four were within two seconds of each other and the only drivers lapping at under 2’13”. Even so, no-one risked overtaking at the pace they were going at.
The mistake - a strategic one - came when all four leading drivers failed to make their drive through when called to do so two laps from the end. The officials hit them with a 25” penalty, as stated in article 25.4 of the sporting regulations.
The decision had an obvious effect on the final classification with the win going to American debutant Brian Wong, from Swiss Team. Behind him came Cola, Kuppens, Mac, Calamia, Simoni, Bakker, Fascicolo, Waszczinski and Segler.
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