Roy Nissany frankly battered the opposition at Monza this afternoon in the first race of Formula V8 3.5 this weekend. Nissany started poorly however once Pietro Fittipaldi outbraked into the first turn, Nissany inherited the lead, and he never relinquished, winning by over twelve seconds from Louis Deletraz, who made a good gain into the lead of Tom Dillmann in the title race, narrowing it down to 22 points before tomorrow’s second race.
As it happens it is the first time Dillmann hasn’t scored points, and it may well be the most crucial time. Dillmann had to conduct a further stop to change his right rear wheel, dropping him to 12th place. A fairly quiet race in all honesty had a couple of stand out points, Beitske Visser crashing while in 6th, and Matthieu Vaxiviere being in a tense battle for the final step on the podium with Aurelien Panis, however Vaxiviere held on. Vaxiviere performed miracles at the start getting from seventh to second by the first turn.
Race 2 tomorrow could well have a significant bearing on the title race. Dillmann needs a good result, as a non-finish could really open up the opportunity for Deletraz to pounce.