Formula Abarth

Race Report

EUROPEAN SERIES, Rounds 7, 8 & 9
Formula Abarth

Circuit: Mugello (I), Length 5.245 km, 08th / 09th & 10th June 2012

Samin Gomez (VEN), Kevin Joerg (CH) and Gregor Ramsay (GB)

2nd place for Joerg in Mugello

The Formula Abarth runners took part in the Italian Racing Weekend at the demanding Mugello circuit, set in the Tuscan hills. The event counted towards the Formula Abarth Italian Championship and the European Series.


The rules of the championship allow for two qualifying sessions, each 15 minutes long, with a break of just ten minutes in between. Results from session 1 determine the grid for Race One, while results from session 2 determine the grid for Race Two; the grid for Race Three is based on the results of Race One, with the first six finishers starting in reverse order.
The first part of the session went quite well, and all the cars were very close together. The second part of the session was interrupted by a red flag, and after that the drivers were left with just seven minutes to pursue pole position. Our drivers were placed between 4th and 9th in each session and therefore started each race from good positions.

Qualifying 1 and Race One Grid
1st Luca Ghiotto (I) Prema 1:45.273
2nd Bruno Bonifacio (BRA) Prema 1:45.386
3rd Santiago Urrutia (URG) BVM 1:46.0907
5th Kevin Joerg (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.475
7th Gregor Ramsay (GB) Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.664
9th Samín Gómez (VEN) Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.904


Qualifying and Race Two Grid
1st Bruno Bonifacio (BRA) Prema 1:44.924
2nd Santiago Urrutia (URG) BVM 1:45.100
3rd Luca Ghiotto (I) Prema 1:45.155
4th Kevin Joerg (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:45.793
7th Samín Gómez (VEN) Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.509
8th Gregor Ramsay (GB) Jenzer Motorsport 1:46.994


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Race One (22 minutes + 1 lap)

Saturday, 09/06/12, 14.10, Weather: Sunny, 24°C

The first race of the weekend was run in weather that was steadily heating up. Kevin got a great start and tried to attack Urrutia, but Urrutia pushed him wide, and Kevin unfortunately ended up hitting a corner marker. He was able to continue but he’d lost several places by then. Samin started very well and managed to get past Gregor to claim 6th but then she suspected there was an engine problem so she called into the pits to get it checked. There wasn’t enough time to check it out properly so she was sent back out and finished the race in 12th which was a real shame. A proper investigation later revealed an issue with the gears. Gregor made no mistakes and drove a great race to come home in 6th, which meant of course that he would start the third race from pole position. Kevin came home directly behind Gregor in 7th place.

Race One Results
1st Luca Ghiotto (I)) Prema 24:53.329
2nd Bruno Bonifacio (BRA) Prema Gap 5.447
3rd Nicolas Costa (BRA) Euronova Gap 12.198
6th Gregor Ramsay (GB) Jenzer Motorsport    
7th Kevin Joerg (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
12th Samín Gómez (VEN) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Luca Ghiotto (I) in 1:45.722


Race Three Grid
1st Gregor Ramsay (GB) Jenzer Motorsport
2nd Santiago Urrutia (URG)) BVM
3rd Emanuele Zonzini (I) Euronova
7th Kevin Jörg (CH) Jenzer Motorsport
12th Samín Gómez (VEN) Jenzer Motorsport


Formula Abarth European Series & Formula Abarth Italian Championship

Race Two (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 10/06/12, 09.10, Weather: Cloudy, 18°C

The race started under cloudy skies and in somewhat cooler temperatures. After the start Kevin was 5th, but then Ghiotto fell back after an incident with Urrutia, and Kevin managed to get past Zonzini. That promoted him to 3rd while Samin was 5th and was able to defend her position against Costa for the first half of the race. Costa managed to pass Samin at around the half way mark and was soon on Kevin’s tail. Kevin meanwhile had been applying pressure to Urrutia for several laps, and when Costa started to close on him he decided it was time to launch his attack. At the end of the straight he was in just the right place and pulled past Urrutia into 2nd place. Costa attempted to follow him through, made a mistake and fell back behind Zonzini. That put him back within in Samin’s reach, and she didn’t need a second invitation to get past him. That moved her back up to 5th. Gregor opted to save his new tyres for the third race, where he would start from pole position so that meant the best he could hope for would be to defend his position in this race. He drove well to come home in 7th after a relatively quiet race. Kevin meanwhile was closing on Bonifacio towards the end and finished in an excellent 2nd. Samin also held onto her place for a well-deserved 5th with no further incidents to trouble her.

Race Two Results
1st Bruno Bonifacio (BRA) Prema 32:23.871
2nd Kevin Jörg (CH) Jenzer Motorsport Gap 0.483
3rd Santiago Urrutia (URG) BVM Gap 4.841
5th Samín Gómez (VEN) Jenzer Motorsport    
7th Gregor Ramsay (GB) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Luca Ghiotto (I) in 1:45.321


Formula Abarth European Series & Formula Abarth Italian Championship

Race Three (15 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 10/06/12, 09.10, Weather: Cloudy, 15°C

Gregor stalled at the start and had to sit there as the others went past him to the right and the left. Most of them missed him but not everyone was so lucky and he was hit hard, pitching the car into a spin, putting an instant end to his race.
Kevin managed to avoid the chaos and soon overtook Beretta, then drove a flawless race to a 4th place finish. Samin, meanwhile, had to start a long way back based on the results of the first race, However she immediately set about to improve her position and started overtaking. She managed to make up a number of places with a series of great manoeuvres that moved her up the order steadily. She finished the race in 5th just behind Kevin despite the short race duration.

Race Three Results3
1st Santiago Urrutia (URG) BVM 17:55.490
2nd Emanuele Zonzini (I) Euronova Gap 2.547
3rd Bruno Bonifacio (BRA) Prema Gap 5.919
4th Kevin Jörg (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
5th Samín Gómez (VEN) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Gregor Ramsay (GB) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Luca Ghiotto (I) in 1:45.788


Championship Standings

Formula Abarth European Series 2012 after 9 out of 24 races:

1st Bruno Bonifacio (I), 104 points; 2nd Luca Ghiotto (I), 99 points; 3rd Nicolas Costa (BRA), 94 points; 4th Santiago Urrutia (Urg), 79 points; 5th Kevin Joerg (CH), 72 points; 6th Emanuele Zonzini (I), 70 points; 7th Samin Gomez (VEN), 45 points; 8th Gregor Ramsay (GB), 33 points


Championship Standings

Formula Abarth Italian Championship 2012 after 3 out of 18 races:

1st Bruno Bonifacio (I), 45 points; 2nd Santiago Urrutia (Urg), 33 points; 3rd Emanuele Zonzini (I), 31 points; 4th Luca Ghiotto (I), 29 points; 5th Kevin Joerg (CH), 26 points; 6th Nicolas Costa (BRA), 22 points; 7th Samin Gomez (VEN), 14 points; 8th Gregor Ramsay (GB), 9 points




30th March/1st April Valencia (E) Euro
4th/6th May Hungaroring (HU) Euro
7th/10th June Mugello (I) Italy + Euro
5th/8th July Misano (I) Italy + Euro
3rd/5th August RedBullRing (A) Italy + Euro
30th August/1st September Imola (I) Italy + Euro
13th/16th September Vallelunga (I) Italy + Euro
27th/30th September Monza (I) Italy + Euro


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