2020 Formula Regional European Championship – Rasmussen Finishes Second But Wins

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It was a sunny day, but very cold in the morning at Monza with the air at a mere 7.3°C and the asphalt managing a feeble 12.2°C. At the start Gianluca Petecof (PREMA Powerteam) attacked Patrik Pasma (KIC Motorsport) who started from pole and passed him, but the Finn immediately regained his position. Meanwhile Oliver Rasmussen (PREMA Powerteam) reclaimed second from Petecof. Pasma started to open a gap with a series of lap time, all the while just behind the leading 4 Konsta Lappalainen (KIC Motorsport) got the better of the two Van Amersfoort Racing drivers, Alessandro Famularo and Pierre-Louis Chovet, and gained fifth place.

Over the following laps the only driver who could get near Pasma was Rasmussen, who closed in on the Finn, while the first two in the group, Leclerc and Petecof, fought over fourth.

A Safety Car was triggered when Pesce and Henrion clashed in the Parabolica, the latter being forced to retire. The Safety Car stayed out while the Frenchman’s car was recovered.

At the restart Pasma had it all under control, ahead of Rasmussen, Petecof, Leclerc, Lappalainen and Chovet. Leclerc passed Petecof, but the two touched and Petecof picked up a right rear puncture dur to contact with the Monegasque’s left front wing. The Brazilian thus fell down the order to the back of the field. In the meantime, Lappalainen passed Leclerc, with Famularo and Chovet just behind them. Meanwhile, Jamie Chadwick and Nico Goehler clashed and went off. The Safety Car had to be deployed and the field settled in behinf it with Pasma first, from Rasmussen, Lappalainen, Famularo, Chovet and Cola.

At the restart Rasmussen set about Pasma, who resisted strongly. In the meantime, Petecof called in to the pits for new tyres, rejoining at the back of the pack thanks to the Safety Car. It was then that the race director penalized Pasma 5 seconds for an incorrect restart procedure where he was judged to have zigzagged excessively to warm up his tyres behind the Safety Car. In the meantime, Leclerc retired due to car problems.

Pasma pushed on in an effort to pull out over 5 seconds on his pursuer to ensure victory, but he ran out of time. Pasma was first to take the flag, but due to the penalty the winner was Oliver Rasmussen (PREMA Powerteam), in front of Lappalainen, Chovet, Pasma and Famularo.

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