Whelen Motorsports

Vilariño and Gandon triumph

NWES • September 30, 2013


MONZA, ITALY – The first race of the playoffs, held on the Autodromo di Monza, saw Ander Vilariño win after a fair duel with his rival Frederic Gabillon. In the OPEN category, Anthony Gandon takes the lead of the championship after Josh Burdon’s retirement

ELITE DIVISION: ANDER VILARINO FORCE 7

Starting from the pole, Ander Vilariño (#2 TFT – Banco Santander) has been able to maintain his main rival during the first few laps. On lap 5, after a clean pass at the end of the straight, Frederic Gabillon (#5 Rapido Racing by Still) took the advantage to lead the race. A few laps later, Vilariño replied with the same move to take first place and held to until the checkered flag.

Winner for the seventh time of the season, the Spaniard increases his lead over Frédéric Gabillon (#5 Rapido Racing by Still), second, to 38 points : “Since the beginning of the weekend I am with a cold so this race has been hard physically. This is my seventh win of the season, still 3 races to go so I hope to win another ones,” concluded the 33-year old Basque.

Yann Zimmer (#33 OverDrive), first junior, completes the podium and precedes Romain Iannetta (#1 RDV Compétition – McDonald’s), who recovered from 8th on the grid, Anthony Gandon (#7 TFT – E. Leclerc), Max Papis (#19 Max Papis Racing), Willy Boucenna (#17 Pole Position 81), Anthony Garbarino (#3 TFT – Alpes Carrelage), Davide Amaduzzi (#68 T-Engineering) and the newcomer in the series, Stefano Gabellini (#55 CAAL Racing).

The Challenger Trophy was won by Guillaume Rousseau (#13 Bull Racing Team), who finished eleventh, ahead of Bruno Cosin (#55 Pole Position 81) and Stephane Jaggi (#22 OverDrive – Moser Vernet).

DIVISION OPEN: GANDON EXCTATIC, BURDON HAS TO RETIRE

The championship leader since the first round of the season at Nogaro, Josh Burdon (#18 Scorpus Racing / Forza Motorsport) was forced to retire after only 5 laps after a slight contact at the first chicane with Luciano Linossi. His main rival, Anthony Gandon (#7 TFT – E. Leclerc) has so benefited from that to take the lead of the standings after having led from start to the finish.

“It is nice to win at Monza on a mythical track. I have been able to maintain Guillaume behind me and take the win. I am sorry for Josh because I know he had to retire but it is good for my championship,” said the Frenchman after the race.

So Anthony Gandon wins ahead of Guillaume Rousseau (#13 Bull Racing Team), Luigi Moccia (#19 Max Papis Racing), Joaquin Gabarron (#5 Rapido Racing by Still), first gentleman, Luciano Linossi (#33 OverDrive), Enzo Pastor (#3 TFT – Philippines) and Eric Quintal (#2 TFT – Banco Santander).

Léonard Vernet (#22 OverDrive – Moser Vernet) takes the win in the Legend Trophy in front of Jérôme Laurin (#55 Pole Position 81).

Both ELITE and OPEN races are planned at 10:45 and 14:10 on Sunday September 29.