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Matteo Cairoli takes hard fought victory in thriller at Monza

Matteo Cairoli took brilliant victory on home soil in a race full of action. Michael Ammermüller and Mattia Drudi joined the Italian on the podium.

Cairoli’s championship rivals Sven Müller and Mathieu Jaminet came home fourth and seventh respectively.

In a race full of action from start to finish, Christian Engelhart, who qualified an impressive fifth, pulled off immediately when the formation lap began.

Cairoli aced his start to maintain his lead.

The getaway resulted in a relatively unchanged order with only Frenchman Jaminet dropping from fifth to sixth.

As drivers duelled for position, Chris Bauer was pushing to propel up the order, the German however pushed too hard and spun at Parabolica causing an almighty accident.

Bauer collected Pablo Sanchez Lopez and fellow countryman Patrick Eisemann, who was sent into a serious of violent rolls.

The Safety Car was deployed and it took until lap 5 for the debris to be cleared and for the field to go racing once more.

More drama was to come shortly after the restart when a clumsy Dylan Pereira ran wide at the Roggia chicane and collected the innocent Ryan Cullen.

Just like Eisemann earlier, Cullen was sent into a series of vicious rolls, this again brought out the safety car.

The safety car dived into the pit lane at the end of lap 7 as Cairoli bolted from the restart.

Sven Müller, running in third had a great run on teammate Michael Ammermüller heading to turn 1.

Müller passed his teammate but had so much momentum he also attempted to pass race leader Cairoli.

The German failed to pass the Italian as he failed to stop his car and missed the chicane.

Müller was down to fifth after his desperation from the restart but quickly distributed fourth place Robert Lukas with ease.

Jaminet was not on the pace of his championship rivals and was regularly defending his position to keep crucial points in his championship bid.

Having already dropped from fifth from the start, Jaminet was hassled by Daniele Di Amato after the second restart.

Di Amato passed quickly and fairly at turn 1, although Jaminet put up an almighty fight.

The last five laps were poised beautifully; Cairoli, Ammermüller, Drudi and Müller were all bunched in a 4-way battle for the win.

Cairoli’s urge to win on home soil was clear, repeatedly running wide and even dipping a wheel in the unforgiving gravel trap.

Cairoli handled the pressure of the three cars behind and took an emotional home victory.

Ammermüller didn’t have an answer for Cairoli and finished second.

Guest Mattia Drudi finished third in an incredible weekend all round for the young Italian.

Müller limited the damage to Cairoli by finishing fourth and retaining a slender lead to the Italian, just two points separate the duo as they head to the final double header in Austin.

Photo – racecam

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