Roy Nissany has inched himself into title contention for the Formula V8 3.5 Championship after claiming his third win in five races with a lights-to-flag charge at Monza.

The Israeli driver was untroubled as he converted his pole position into a comfortable early lead beefore easing it out to win by a mammoth 12secs over Louis Deletraz.

Following his breakthrough double victory success at Silverstone, the Lotus driver has steadily emerged as late candidate for the title with five races remaining, a bid spurred on by championship leader Tom Dillmann suffering his first non-score of the year.

The Frenchman began the race with a comfortable 40 point lead but a puncture would force him to pit, the low rate of attrition keeping him just outside the top ten and out of the points.

On a strong day all round for his closest title rivals, second for Deletraz, fourth for Aurelien Panis and Nissany's win put the trio 22, 30 and 32 points adrift of the AVF driver respectively.

Behind Fortec's Deletraz, who made strong progress from seventh on the grid, Matthieu Vaxiviere completed the podium for SMP Racing, ahead of Panis in the Arden car.

Rene Binder rounded out the top five in the Lotus ahead of Yu Kanamaru and Egor Orudzhev.

 

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