Belgium – It was an eventful and exciting ELITE 2 Final at Circuit Zolder. Thomas Ferrando grabbed the win by holding off Guillaume Dumarey in a green-white-checkered finish to clinch the ELITE 2 title.
Ferrando’s win was the seventh of the season, the Frenchman is one win away from tying the record set by Stienes Longin in 2016, and the 12th his ELITE 2 career. The 20-year-old driver started from the second row in the ELITE 2 Final 2 on Sunday. Dumarey was a close second while Paul Guiod earned his first career podium finish in third place.
“This one is for the Knauf Racing Team. I am really happy for this win and now we do it again tomorrow to tie Stienes’ record. We’ll have no pressure and I really hope to be fast tomorrow as I was today and get a shot at the win. I want to thank my team and Knauf for doing such a great job,” said Ferrando in victory lane. “I can’t describe the feeling, we are the new ELITE 2 champions! I will celebrate this title tomorrow because we another race to do and then we’ll get all together to party.”
Dumarey charged from sixth on the grid and tried his best to attach Ferrando but had settle for second, grabbing the win and the points lead in the Rookie Cup as both the other contenders had to retire. Felipe Rabello ended up in the gravel at the last chicane, while Maciej Dreszer had technical problems on the grid and didn’t start the race.
“It was a great race, especially after a not so good qualifying session this morning, with some power steering issues,” said Dumarey. “I had a good start with a little bit of rubbing in the beginning but that’s racing and I was able to gain position after position. I also had the fastest lap in the race so I will start on the front row tomorrow. I hope to win my first race here in Belgium which is my biggest goal.”
Justin Kunz crossed the finish line fourth ahead of Brazilian Marconi Abreu, while Martin Doubek ended up just outside the top-five.
Nicki Petersen grabbed the second place in the Rookie Cup by finishing seventh overall and Jerry de Weerdt was eight under the checkered flag winning the Legend Trophy to move on top of the over 40 classification. Gil Linster took third in the Rookie Cup in ninth place ahead of Guillaume Deflandre, climbed back after hitting trouble early and rounded out the top 10. Carmen Gil Boix won the Lady Cup finishing 17th while Arianna Casoli ended up 19th.