RUSSIAN TIME’s Luca Ghiotto struck back after being stripped from his Feature Race win with an inspired drive in the Sprint Race to take a well-earned victory.
Ghiotto had taken an extraordinary victory on Saturday only to find himself struck with 5-second time penalty after the race which meant he was classified 4th and started the Sprint Race from 5th on the reversed grid.
The Italian maintained his position at the start and set off moving up the order, overtaking race leader Louis Deletraz into Lesmo 1 mid-distance. Ghiotto then quickly opened up a gap behind him to cross the line over two seconds ahead of Sergio Sette Camara who took another impressive finish for MP Motorsport.
Feature Race official winner Antonio Fuoco continued a run of form this weekend on his home event and managed to make it a double podium with an impressive P3 after starting 8th on the reversed grid. The Italian managing to catch Deletraz and overtake him into Lesmo towards the end of the race.
Deletraz still finished a decent 4th nonetheless despite a promising start to the weekend ahead of Roberto Merhi and Sean Gelael who initially led the race after getting a good getaway from the second row on the grid.
Much of the action in the race came from a fierce battle for the final points which involved many of the usual front runners, with Nobuharu Matsushita coming out on top and taking 7th ahead of ART team mate Alexander Albon in 8th, taking the final points.
Championship leader Charles Leclerc’s chances were undone since his Saturday accident with de Vries and his surge from 17th on the grid came to a stop just on the edge of the points as he finished P9 ahead of Norman Nato and Oliver Rowland.
Formula 2 adjourns for a month until its next meet in Jerez, the only standalone round of the season on October 6-8.
1- Charles Leclerc, 218 points
2- Oliver Rowland, 159 points
3- Artem Markelov, 152 points
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