Prema Powerteam has been off to a sensational start in the opening weekend for the F.Renault ALPS Series at Vallelunga. The Italian-based squad, managed by Angelo Rosin, developed the new car’s 2013 upgrade package in perfect fashion after having made their way back to the Fast Lane Promotion championship in the closing part of last season.
Bruno Bonifacio scored the pole, then won Race 1 and was set to repeat but a deplorable maneuver by Nyck De Vries at Tornantino prevented him from doing so. And while the Brazilian gave proof of amazing strength, the whole team was overwhelmed by Antonio Fuoco’s performance. The Cosenza-based Ferrari Driver Academy man clocked the second fastest lap in qualifying before ending up Race 1 in second an scoring an outstanding win in Race 2.
Fuoco, who was behind De Vries and Bonifacio, inherited the lead and kept it all the way to the finish. Luca Ghiotto completed the Prema weekend at Vallelunga in perfect fashion. After scoring the 6th fastest lap of qualifying, he took rounded out the top-5 in Race 1 before finishing second in Race 2. Thanks to this weekend’s results, Fuoco is leading in the ALPS standings with 43 points, followed by Ghiotto (28). Bonifacio is fourth with 25 points.
Angelo Rosin – Team Principal
“It’s been definitely an awesome start with us in the F.Renault ALPS, and it’s the second one after the great first round of the season in the FIA European F.3 Championship. At Vallelunga, all our drivers cruised to the podium, we hit the pole and two wins. I had predicted a positive start based on the great job done by the team and by Bonifacio, Fuoco and Ghiotto in testing, but the real thing surpassed even the brightest expectations. And although Bonifacio and Ghiotto were all but set for some top results, I’m astonished by what Fuoco was able to accomplish as a rookie throughout the weekend. I’m genuinely impressed”.