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The #9 Prema Racing team continued their dominant form with a nearly faultless run to win the 2022 45 Hours of Monza, a third victory in four races.

After a chaotic start to the race which saw the #83 Iron Dames Ferrari hit the wall in T2 after contact, then a spin from the #27 Cool Racing Ligier which also knocked out the #3 United Ligier, the duo leader of the time was caught and passed by Ferdinand Habsbourg in the n°9, the n°9 never headed thereafter with its two closest challengers, the n°65 Panis Racing and the n°9. °37 Cool Racing Orecas both receiving time penalties for pit stop infractions, and, in the case of the Panis car, a breach of start procedure, which made their task all the more difficult.

Apart from a brief spell in Lorenzo Columbo’s stint which saw the lead gap narrow as the less experienced rider adapted to the then-old rubber, the result never really looked in doubt and by the time Louis Deletraz took the wheel, the task was to manage par, then a comfortable gap, the Racing pants crossing the line over 20 seconds with a penalty to add, and Cool Racing’s effort fading late in the race after a longer stop in the second half of the race for a replacement nose section after contact in traffic.

The #22 United Autosports car was fourth, the car appearing to lack pace throughout the race compared to its main rival.

Prema will go to Spa with a significant points lead, Panis Racing up to second in the points with United now third after second place IDEC, the day was run with a significant delay after Paul Lafargue committed a error when braking in T1 during a race well in place. , the #28 in the wall, struggling to return to the pits and eventually rejoin but finishing only 13th.

The all-new Inter Europol competition chassis performed well from the start, with Pietro Fittipaldi holding on in the top four, before a mid-race water leak lost more than a minute before repairs took place. can be completed.

The #19 Algarve Pro Racing team’s race was ruined before it started after a team error saw the car stuck in the pit lane, too late to join the grid. A spin for Bent Visceral after stellar lap times, having been nerfed from behind by a GTE car made the tag in hand even more difficult, with the Dutchman and Sophia Floersch finally heading home in 12th after starting a full lap.

LMP2 Pro Am saw some fine battles throughout for important positions before Alessio Rovera burst in to secure class victory for the #88 AF Corse crew and put them back in title contention with Francois Perrodo and Nicklas Nielsen.

Salih Yoluc drove well from the start, almost taking the lead with a bold move inside the second row, too daring as it turned out he received an identical penalty to the Pins Oreca pole position, the two cars starting by running down the middle of the track rather than the forbidden race to the start line above the grid hatch.

There was plenty of scrapping among the class leaders afterwards, with plenty of interaction with midfield riders in the overall LMP2 class for good measure.

Jack Aitken looked set to bring the #34 back to the podium for a while, but the challenge faded, leaving the #24 Nielsen Racing and #47 Algarve Pro Racing cars to complete the podium after winning seemingly long battles. nose to tail.

LMP3 saw a second straight win for the #13 Inter Europol Competition Ligier of Charles Crews, Nico Pino and Guilherme Oliveira, with the crews starting strong to put the car in contention, with the next pair staying there as others changed despite a lack of discipline from Pino almost cost them dearly, several cuts from the track at the T15 punished not by a drive through but rather a 10 second penalty after the race, that was enough to seal the race victory of crew #4 DKR Engineering Duqueine, a drive-through would have seen the places reversed!

The #17 Cool Racing Ligier completed the podium, enough for the Mo Smith, Mikey Benham and Malthe Jakobsen combo to maintain a slim championship lead over the #13 after a sparring display that saw an early race compensated by the rhythm of the three. the drivers, especially the young Dane, although by the time he boarded a combination of strategy and timing precautions, had left nothing better than third place out of reach.

The #6 360 Racing Ligier also scored well on the weekend, the car ranked second overall Conti eep into the race when the pit stop strategies end, fourth still a good result for the returning team.

GTE served up a cracker, with victory ultimately going to the #77 Proton Competition Porsche with Gianmaria Bruni driving the car front and home after an excellent opening spell from Christie Ried and a supporting role from Lorenzo Ferrari .

Ried had first escaped a chasing pack that included a strong start from Michael Fassbender, with the Irishman/German having one of his best ELMS spells to grab an early second position and then push back Ahmad Al Harthy in the #69 Oman Race by TF Sport Aston Martin and Giacomo Petrobelli in the #66 JMW Ferrari.

The Ferrari would finally find a way around the Aston Martin, but Petrobelli’s next move was clumsy, looking for a nonexistent gap and turning back with the #93, a secondary contact seeing damage to the front bodywork that would later cost at #93. The effort would fade to a possible 8th place.

The #69 would also have problems, or rather hit the #57 Ferrari of Kessel, causing extensive damage to the front of the Vantage, and none to the Ferrari, the repairs would drop the Aston Martin to the back of the pack.

There was also damage to the #60 Ferrari, a clash with an LMP car leading the Iron Lynx car requiring a new left door.

The #57 would find itself at the front of a fast moving train in the final stages of the race, trying to come to terms with the cars vying for the podium. Mikkel Jensen finally returned to fourth ahead of the #18 Absolute Racing Porsche, the Ferrari 60 Iron Lynx and the #95 Oma Racing/TF Sport Vantage.

That left the final two podium places to a pair of Ferraris, with Duncan Camerin doing a stellar job of putting his #55 Spirit of Race 488 GT3 in the lead and ahead of the #66 JMW Ferrari in charge. Matt Griffin and David Perel combined to give the No. 55 a sharp-end boost, although Perel had no response to Bruni’s late-race pace.

The final podium finish saw the best result of the season for the #66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari, Petrobelli’s somewhat physical spell proved to be very effective with Seca Hudspeth having a much better intermediate stint than what we we’ve seen so far this season and guest Miguel Molina is showing trademark pace and courage to secure a much-deserved podium finish.

The fifth round (out of six) will take place at Spa Francorchamps on September 25.


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