Gabriele Minì (PREMA Powerteam) started well and took the lead from his teammate Gabriel Bortoleto, while Andrea Rosso (CRAM Motorsport) lost two places to Jonny Edgar (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Dino Beganovic (PREMA Powerteam).
Behind him there was a fabulous race long battle between Francesco Pizzi and Pietro Delli Guanti, Pizzi eventually prevailing to claim 9th.
Cenyu and Patrese made contact and spun off, meaning the Safety Car was deployed and the pack bunched back up, with Bortoleto now very close to Minì.
After 3 laps behind the Safety Car, the restart was perfectly controlled by Minì, while Edgar tried to attack Bortoletol; the two tangled, Edgar coming off worst and losing out to Beganovic and Rosso. Just behind them were Jak Crawford (Van Amersfoort Racing) and teammate Pizzi.
In the meantime, Bortoleto was awarded a 5 second penalty for his brush with Edgar.
Pizzi was still trying hard and now made a number of attempts to overtake Crawford, while behind him and waiting for an opportunity to recover, was the other VAR driver, Edgar. Pizzi finally found his way past Crawford and set off after Rosso for fourth place.
The next incident came when Crawford and Edgar collided, putting them both out of the race, Crawford with a broken front wing, Edgar with a punctured rear tyre.
And so Minì claimed an impressive victory, ahead of Beganovic, Bortoleto (demoted from 2nd by his 5 second penalty), then Rosso, Pizzi (who had started 16th), Chovanec, Montoya, Salmenautio, Simonazzi and Ramos Reynos.
“Finally a good start where I gained a position,” commented the Sicilian champion. “Then I held up well. In this weekend at Mugello it was always important to finish and, with this last race, to win”.
Minì increases his lead in the championship with 196 points, ahead of Rosso on 127, and Pizzi with 117 making the top three an all-Italian affair.