Robert Kubica had to work hard, but survived all that Paolo Montin could throw at him in race two to secure the honours in the very first Sardinia F3 Masters event.

The Pole led from the front, having secured P1 on the grid by winning from a similar position in Saturday's opening leg, again under concerted pressure from Italian rival - and F3 veteran - Montin. The victory added not only to success in superpole and race one, but also to top spot in group qualifying to complete a dominant weekend for the Prema Powerteam driver. Only a brace of point-scoring fastest laps for Montin ruined his perfect score.

If race one had been something of a processional affair, race two provided more excitement, with Kubica and Montin taking off into a two-horse race at the front and leaving several groups of cars to squabble among themselves further down the field.

Leading the chase was Andrea Belicchi, who claimed third place in leg one and subsequently the same position on Sunday's grid, but had no answer to the two frontrunners as he trailed in some 29secs adrift. Montin, by comparison, was right on Kubica's tail at the finish, crossing the line just 0.899secs adrift.

The battle for fourth was a just as tight, even if somewhat removed from challenging Belicchi. Marco Bonanomi made slight redress for his early error in Saturday's race by staving off Gregory Franchi to the flag, claiming fourth place for the best of Coloni's three Lola-Domes. The Italian's team-mates had less success, however, with Michele Ruggolo dropping from a promising sixth grid slot to finish ninth, and Italian F3 runner-up Christian Montanari failing to see the chequered flag after dropping out on lap four.

Franchi was followed at a distance by Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy, who made up four places over his grid slot to claim sixth place for T-Sport, finishing ahead of new Italian champion Fausto Ippoliti in the process. Philipp Baron, who started alongside the Malaysian, was next up, with Ruggolo and Matteo Cressoni completing the top ten. Stefano Gattuso was the final classified finisher in a race which saw considerably more changes of position than its predecessor.

Joining Montanari on the sidelines were Andrea Scafuro, Alessandro Bonetti and Ernesto Viso, the Venezuelan completing a poor day for British champions Carlin Motorsport, which was unable to get Clivio Piccione to the star after his Friday practice crash. Andrea Tiso also failed to start race two.

While Kubica came out on top of the aggregate points table after two races, comfortably heading Montin by four points and Belicchi by nine, Montin was presented with the Gianni Pedrazzani Trophy byJean alesi for hisa fastest lap.

 

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