Jason Absmeier (Revlimit Racing) won his first race of the season at the Magione circuit in Italy.
Qualifying for race one was an extremely close affair with the top three drivers separated my no more than 0.3 of a second. It was Basheer Jadwat who pulled out all the stops to put the #83 Squadro GhostworX car on pole position, his 3rd of the season. Alongside Jadwat started Denis Mitchell (SH Racing). The Revlimit Racing entries started from row 2.
Before the field had even reached the braking zone for turn 1’s Traliccio corner, Juan Liebenberg (Team Ryoku) made contact with Jonathan Bentz (Squadro GhostworX) causing a ripple effect involving debutant Benjamin Wheeler (NAV Gaming) and Yasteel Ragubeer (Team Ryoku). Shortly thereafter Markus Steyn (GhostworX 3.0) spun Robert Hart (NAV Gaming) at the Vecchi.
With a better start Steven Pelser (Revlimit Racing) was able to out drag teammate Absmeier into Traliccio for 2nd. Chris Browne (GhostworX 3.0) used the slip stream effect down the long back straight to pull alongside Craig Hume (Hippo Rock Racing) and pass him under braking into Turn 6. Unfortunately Hume was forced to retire just two corners later sighting technical issues.
Browne now in 5th was looking comfortable and making inroads on the Revlimit pair ahead of him.
Lap 2 at the exit of the Esses saw Mitchell (SH Racing) ride the curves a bit too aggressively resulting in a spin dropping him right down the field and out of contention for a podium result. Bentz was exciting to watch during his recovery drive from the back of the field, however he had to work hard to pass newcomer Wheeler who defended valiantly until Bentz put a move on him at Turn 6.
During what proved to be a critical moment in the race, Absmeier on lap 4 placed himself well up the inside of teammate Pelser at Monte Sperollo to run side by side with him all the way to the exit of the Esses three corners later.
Lap 5 saw Robert Hart out-brake newcomer Ken Hunter (Xtreme Racing) into Traliccio for 12th. Special mention must be made of Chad Cook (SH Racing) who drove exceptionally well to finish in 7th for some very well deserved points, a driver who is improving all the time.
Just when Absmeier began to catch Jadwat, the spectators were robbed of a show down between the great rivals when with just 5 laps remaining Jadwat crashed out sighting technical issues, gifting Absmeier the race lead.
Jason Absmeier drove a fantastic race to win, however it would have been interesting to see if Absmeier could have challenged Jadwat for a fight to the finish. A battle that is certain to take place very soon.
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