Thursday, September 11st, 2014
Bristol Sport’s Dino Zamparelli secured his fourth consecutive weekend podium at the Italian GP3 race in Monza.
The 21-year-old followed up his performance in Spa with another second place finish at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, making it five podiums from seven in the GP3 Series.
Another good qualifying performance saw the Bristol Sport driver start second on the grid behind Sweden’s Jimmy Eriksson. A tough battle ensued as the two dueled throughout the race, however Dino couldn’t quite overhaul the Swede’s pole position, and the two young drivers finished in their starting positions with Dino’s ART teammate Marvin Kirchhofer coming in third.
After the race Dino said: “It was actually quite fun. I didn’t look to overtake at the beginning; I just initially pushed him along so we could escape the driver in third and pull a gap. There was a yellow flag at the first corner and I backed off a lot and lost maybe 1.5s to Jimmy. We had been a similar pace and then he began to push a bit more then and I lost ground. In the last six laps I thought I would just go flat out. I asked over the team radio what the fastest lap was and I managed to better it and take it myself.
“We were really strong during the middle and the end and I managed to get P2 in the end. ART Grand Prix and Bristol Sport gave me a really nice car. It was a bittersweet race. Yet again so close to a win. We pushed him as hard as we could. I can’t really complain, I’m fairly happy. We’ve moved up in the Drivers’ Standings too.”
Race 2 proved a difficult affair with Dino starting in seventh with the reverse grid starting order. A tricky start saw Dino get hit by Status driver Richie Stanaway on the very first corner.
“The hit was quite big, and caused the car to be unbalanced for the remainder of the race. From there, I was not able to brake properly as I kept locking up the front tyres. It took several laps to try and get the brake bias correct, by which point I had locked up severely into Turn 1, lost several positions and was then running on hardly any grid on the front tyres. After that, I managed to do a good job of stabilising the pace and kept 7th until the last lap.”
Despite the problems of Race 2, Dino equaled his highest point-scoring weekend claiming another 20, and sees him move up to seventh in the driver standings. With two Grand Prix to go, the driver’s championship is too close to call with just 21 points separating second from seventh. ART GP now sits second in the Team Standings.