If there ever was an event deserving of a epic showdown for a final it was this weekend’s EURO Contest in Barco, Italy. Sun blazing, a perfectly polished 3D style track and wonderful atmosphere… but a rather anti-climax of a final as multiple frontrunners immediately hit problems which wrote a predictable script sadly.
The final started with a high tempo first lap, Ongaro leading away Baruffolo, the pair going at it hard… until Ongaro hit immediate issues on lap 2 and Baruffolo had a massive mistake dropping him last, further mistakes relegated him further behind despite his outright lap pace. This rather abruptly left it to Robert Batlle to take up the mantle of following Riccardo Berton with Alessandro Castoldi up into the front three having started 11th.
This order wasn’t to be for long however as Robert Batlle hit the first of a series of flameouts which relegated him down the order eventually finishing a lowly 9th, robbing the sun-drenched spectators of a worthy final. Not taking anything away from Riccardo Berton, a worthy winner as his programme held together, but he had the final under control after 5mins and did what we knew he could and would – bring it home.
Alessandro Castoldi gets ‘driver of the day’ for his P2 finish whilst Riccardo Rabitti was able to limp it round on the last lap to claim 3rd. Truth be told it was a final with 12 starters and 6 finishers of which only the top 2 escaped free of problems during the whole 45min final. Opinion divider JQ pleasing the crowd towards the end after his multiple flame outs by whipping his car and landing lap after lap.