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Engel wins race one at Monza

Maro Engel made no mistake in converting pole position to a win in this morning's first British Formula Three race at Monza

The Carlin Motorsport driver led the race from start to finish, but it was a typical Monza thriller behind him.

The German, driving for Carlin Motorsport, withstood heavy pressure from Stephen Jelley (Double R) and Marko Asmer (Hitech Racing) early on, but when the latter pair's battle with each other got a little too fraught on lap three, Engel was able to get a break he wouldn't lose.

On lap four both Jelley and Asmer had spins at the first corner, both dropping down the order. Asmer only fell to sixth, however, while Jelley's race was totally ruined. Their problems allowed Sam Bird (Carlin) to settle into second, ahead of team-mate Alberto Valerio. From then on the top three ran steadily to the flag to complete Carlin's second podium sweep of the year.

Asmer, despite a broken wing, fought back past Esteban Guerrieri (Ultimate Motorsport) and Jonathan Kennard (Double R) to take a well-earned fourth, limiting the impression Bird will make on his championship lead.

Sergio Perez (T-Sport) quickly passed rival and early leader Franky Cheng (Performance Racing) to take a National Class lead he would never relinquish.

Pos  Driver                Car                    Time
 1.  Maro Engel            Dallara-Mercedes       28:43.419
 2.  Sam Bird              Dallara-Mercedes       +   2.926
 3.  Alberto Valerio       Dallara-Mercedes       +   4.807
 4.  Marko Asmer           Dallara-Mercedes       +   5.925
 5.  Jonathan Kennard      Dallara-Mercedes       +   7.600
 6.  Esteban Guerrieri     Mygale-Mercedes        +  21.394
 7.  Niall Breen           Dallara-Mercedes       +  21.529
 8.  Michael Devaney       Mygale Mercedes        +  21.967
 9.  Mario Moraes          Dallara-Mercedes       +  22.875
10.  Sergio Perez          Dallara-Mugen-Honda    +  23.367
11.  Stephen Jelley        Dallara-Mercedes       +  27.045
12.  Matteo Chinosi        Dallara-Mugen-Honda    +  27.321
13.  Max Chilton           Dallara-Mercedes       +  27.362
14.  Cheng Cong Fu         Dallara-Mugen-Honda    +  29.093
15.  Walter Grubmuller     Dallara-Mercedes       +  31.269
16.  John Martin           Dallara-Mugen-Honda    +  35.354
17.  Federico Glorioso     Dallara-Mugen-Honda    +  46.523
18.  Rodolfo Gonzalez      Dallara-Mugen-Honda    +  48.294
19.  Leo Mansell           Dallara-Mercedes       +  48.784
20.  Michael Meadows       Dallara-Mugen-Honda    +  50.736
21.  Alex Waters           Dallara-Mugen-Honda    +  51.484
22.  F'cesco Castellacci   Dallara-Mugen-Honda    +1:00.277
23.  Viktor Jensen         Dallara-Mugen-Honda    +1:04.339
24.  Albert Costa          Dallara-Mugen-Honda    +1:15.453
25.  Alistair Jackson      Dallara-Mugen-Honda    +1:18.295
26.  Juan Pablo Garcia S.  Lola-Dome-Mugen-Honda  +1:41.537

Not classified:

     Driver                Car                    Laps
     Sean Petterson        Lola-Mugen-Honda       15
     Ricardo Teixeira      Dallara-Mugen-Honda     5
     Sebastian Hohenthal   Dallara-Mercedes        3
     Greg Mansell          Dallara-Mercedes        2
     Dominick Muermans     Dallara-Opel            1
     Hamad Al Fardan       Dallara-Mugen-Honda     1
     Atte Mustonen         Dallara-Mercedes        0

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