Italy´s driver made a key step towards the title by winning both races at his home event at Monza. Pulcini and Campos Racing moves closer to the Euroformula Open title with two rounds to go
Campos Racing and its driver Leonardo Pulcini took a double win at Euroformula Open´s event at Monza´s Temple of Speed and now both team and driver are closer than ever to taking the title. Besides, Pulcini stormed to victory in true champion style. His teammates Diego Menchaca and Ecuador´s Julio Moreno were less fortunate over the weekend but at least the Mexican racer managed to score valuable points on Saturday. Azerbaijan´s Gulhuseyn Abdullayev made progress in rookies´ classification and finished sixth in race 1.
On Thursday, Menchaca set the fastest time in private testing with both Moreno and Pulcini also made it into the top-six. Friday´s free practice sessions were another rewarding experience for Campos Racing as Pulcini emerged as the fastest contestant in the cumulative rankings. Either Menchaca or Moreno also finished in the top-ten, which was a good starting points for both races.
In Q1, Pulcini qualified 2nd on the starting grid and both Moreno and Menchaca also performed extremely well to take 4th and 6th respectively on the starting grid. Pulcini passed pole-sitter Damiano Fioravanti at the start but they both very overtaken by Sam MacLeod. Anyway, he managed to move into the lead on lap 2 and from then on nobody challenged him for the win. Menchaca came sixth and Abdullayev finished 6th among rookies. Unfortunately Moreno retired on lap 1 when he was hit by Keyvan Andres.
On Sunday, Pulcini and Menchaca shared row two in damp qualifying session. Moreno also performed well to take 9th on the grid. Despite Pulcini dropped to fourth at the beginning, he passed Enaam Ahmed and Nikita Troitskiy to take second and then he started with Ferdinand Habsburg which was a fight to the finish. On the final lap, Pulcini managed to take the lead with a last corner pass and grabbed an emotional win, his sixth of the season. Menchaca and Moreno ran in the top-five but finally they both retired after being caught up in a collision. Abdullayev came 11th in rookies´ class.
Pulcini, on 242 points, sits first and Menchaca is fourth in the drivers´ standings. Campos Racing lies first in the teams´ standings.
Jerez will host round seven at the end of the month.