1 January 1901
Montanari grabs second after another Lola-Dome 1-2
The ever-improving Lola-Dome F106/03 scored another comprehensive 1-2 finish at Vallelunga on Sunday afternoon, earning young Italian star Christian Montanari a close runners-up placing in the Italian F3 Championship standings.
From the start of free practice on Saturday morning, the Lola-Dome showed that it had a clear advantage over the rest of the field, which was entirely made up of the Italian Dallara chassis. Qualifying saw Montanari take his second consecutive pole position, ahead of Coloni team-mate Marco Bonanomi.
That dominant performance continued throughout the race, with the Coloni duo pulling clear to take the flag 20secs ahead of the third-placed Dallara of Alvaro Parente, who was driving for former Osella and Ligier Grand Prix driver Piercarlo Ghinzani.
It was a perfect end to victorious season for Coloni and the Lola-Dome in the Italian Championship. Four wins - at Mugello, Monza, Imola and Vallelunga - and second and fourth places in the final points table delighted team principal Paulo Coloni.
“I'm very satisfied with the job done by the technicians, drivers and mechanics," he said, "We reached all the targets we had arranged, leading our rookies to fight for the title and develop the car at the same time. We will continue the testing of the F106/03 in the next few days ready for the non-championship race in Sardinia.”
Both Montanari, who was just four points behind newly-crowned champion Fausto Ippoliti in the final table, and Bonanomi were delighted with their first, successful year in F3.
“This weekend was perfect, and we laid down the law to the opposition,” said Montanari, who used his success with the Lola-Dome to make a surprise graduation to the FIA F3000 series at Monza last month.
“We had the best times in free practice, qualifying and warm-up and, in the race, we took victory and set the fastest lap - it was wonderful. We began this season with a new car and have now achieved these results - it's incredible and I want to thank Coloni Motorsport, Lola, Dome and everyone involved.”
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