Romagnoli wins the EU Regional Finals of the Ferrari Esports Series

After two races, Michael Romagnoli was able to win the EU regional final title for the Ferrari Esports Series on Tuesday.

The Ferrari Velas Esports Series, which has been running since March this year, returned for its second season with familiar faces and a revised format.

For 2022, the competition would be split between two regions; the established European and the fresh North American. Both sides of the pond would eventually lead into their respective regional finals, where six riders would earn invitations to a Grand Final in Italy.

The EU regional final was to be held at both the Silverstone Circuit and the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Similar to last year, different Ferraris would be used for each circuit, giving the drivers an extra challenge to master.

Race 1 qualification

Fastest in the British home of Formula 1 in the Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo was Marcin Swiderek from Poland. Behind him were two very well-known names – Andrea Miatto and Michael Romagnoli from Italy. Romagnoli in particular was one of the more consistent point collectors in 2021 and watched with great interest.

race 1

Unfortunately for the experienced runner, Romagnoli would have one of the worse starts in the top ten. Jonathan Riley stopped by Abbey – another of last season’s repeat entrants. Some of the best races to be found on the first lap were well outside the top ten. Ivan Shermetinskii fought tooth and nail for sixteenth place, beating Jurica Slovinac through Maggotts and Becketts.

While Swiderek extended his lead to over three seconds, the trio behind fought for the remaining podium places. The next big action would not unfold until well over halfway through the 30-minute sprint.

Riley tailed Miatto for a few laps and finally pulled the trigger with a maneuver around the outside of Brooklands. Contact when entering Luffield caused the Brit’s car to skid. Under understandable objections, he would rejoin the circuit outside of the points-paying positions.

Romagnoli had made up a place as a result of the incident and was able to secure another in quick succession. Miatto had been thrown out of his own groove and was completely offline at the hands of Maggotts and Becketts. The overtaking was completed cleanly at Stowe.

Riley, meanwhile, was determined to recover. He caught up with Dominik Ulman and was able to overtake the Polish pilot with seven more minutes to take on Niko Puntula. Another position was snagged for nothing when Adrian Kot was forced to retire from the top ten.

No one stopped Swiderek, who stormed to a mighty impressive win ahead of a distant Romagnoli. Miatto completed the podium, narrowly keeping Leonardo Pagano and Dario Iemmulo away.

  1. Marcin Swiderek
  2. Michael Romganoli
  3. Andrea Miato
  4. Leonardo Pagano
  5. Dario Iemmulo
  6. Federico Pedrini
  7. Moritz Strijker
  8. Nico Puntala
  9. Jonathan Riley
  10. Dominik Ulman

Race 2 qualification

It was Miatto, who now crews the 488 Challenge Evo, who showed the greatest one-lap pace in qualifying. His podium mate Romagnoi started third again while Kirill Sadyrov battled against all odds to secure an invitation to the Grand Finals. From pole position at Silverstone, Swiderek started the race in eleventh place at Imola and had a big task ahead of him.

race 2

Wet weather welcomed the field and compounded the already considerable difficulties of overtaking on the narrow and twisty track with a lot of history behind it. In addition to changing the simulator (Assetto Corsa to Assetto Corsa Competizione), the start format was also changed to a rolling process.

Sadyrov got the better start from the front row but was earlier on the brakes at Tamburello. While Miatto was in the lead, some struggled to keep their cars on the tarmac. Both Iemmulo and Pagano dove into gravel much sooner than they would have liked.

The difficult conditions meant that an incident was bound to happen, and that’s what happened at the Alta chicane. Luckily none of the front runners were involved. After almost ten minutes, Swiderek – now in tenth place – thought he saw a chance to pick up more points when Pagano and Slovanic had a disagreement in the Alta. Unfortunately, his good work was undone seconds later.

The Rivazza gravel trap hit him after braking far too late. Despite this, he remained within sight of points that could not be said of Pagano, who was pushed off the road by Luca Vernole after Tamburello.

An almost identical incident happened just one lap later, although this time race director Miatto was involved. Sadyrov had looked like the faster machine up until that moment, but a lack of focus sent his rival into the wall with fatal suspension damage.

Vernole and a quickly recovering Pagano were back at it again when the two met at Rivazza. Luck was in Swiderek’s hands, who found himself ninth again.

There was a really scary moment for the man who is now in third place, Riley, although he didn’t know much about it. Iemmulo had never felt at home in the wet conditions and at Rivazza his car blocked, sending the Italian towards the section between Turns 19 and 20. Luckily nobody was picked up.

Although the easing rain added one last, proverbial banana peel to the mix, no further overtaking maneuvers were allowed to be made within the first three. Sadyrov took the checkered flag first but was demoted to ninth place after his altercation with Miatto. This meant that Romagnoli had secured victory and with it the honors of the EU Regional Finals.

The penalty also benefited Riley, whose brilliant drive had earned him third place overall. Swiderek was fortunate to have eliminated many of his biggest threats from the race – completing the EU trio heading into the Grand Finals.

  1. Michael Romagnoli
  2. Jonathan Riley
  3. Ivan Shermetinskii
  4. Jurica Slowinac
  5. Dominik Ulman
  6. Marcin Swiderek
  7. Adrian Kot
  8. Moritz Strijker
  9. Kirill Sadyrov*
  10. Maichol Tonizza

*After applying the post-race penalty

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