Avi Markovich was the man who stormed to victory during the first race of the fourth round of the championship at Vallelunga, having held off a relentless attack by runner-up Bernard Vella during the final half of the race.
Arguably, however, that wasn’t actually the race’s biggest story. Championship leader Kevin Siggy-Rebernak, who is currently dominating the driver’s standings, started on pole position with Daniele Pasquali alongside.
The championship’s two most competitive drivers to date this year battled it out for the lead during the first half of the race, but Pasquali ended up running into the back of Siggy-Rebernak after it appeared that the latter driver made a very slight mistake. The stewards later decided to penalise Pasquali after it emerged that his action was deliberate.
Nevertheless, both drivers dropped down the order, finishing in the lower points-paying positions. Vella and Daniel Stremair were the two drivers to round out the podium positions after they took the chequered flag at the front of a long train of cars that all ran closely together during the close stages of the race.
Pasquali started the second race from pole position, with Siggy-Rebernak alongside. Siggy-Rebernak pounced immediately to take the lead after Pasquali didn’t get the best of starts. The two drivers ran all the way to the finish line in that order, but there was an equally-notable story unfolding just behind the top two drivers.
Ross Macfarlane had a quiet race to take the final podium position, however, GT Omega RPM Esports, which runs no less than five drivers in the field, had four drivers all following each other in fourth through seventh positions. Unfortunately, Markovich, who won the first race, had an off on the very last lap to drop back from seventh.
Although Siggy-Rebernak’s title challenge was impeded slightly thanks to the incident he was involved in during the first race, it still looks highly likely that he will wrap up the driver’s championship sooner than rather than later.