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Kevin Siggy Wins the First Round of the Griiip Virtual Series 2019

It would have been victory at the first race of the season for Daniele Pasquali had he not been penalised for cutting the track during qualifying. This is in spite of Kevin Siggy-Rebernak making a lightning start from second place to take the lead into the first corner.

Alberto Spitaleri, who started seventh, became the first driver to have an off-track excursion soon after, having a spin as the cars reached Tamburello. Further down the field, Avi Markovich missed his braking point and collided with Itamar Yativ, with Daniel Stremair also getting caught up in the incident.

Feisty performances from Bernard Vella, Kamil Franczak and Ross Macfarlane saw the trio scrapping it out for the lower podium place. Vella had a run at Franczak to take third, but Macfarlane capitalised on their battle to pass them both. Nevertheless, it was Franczak to eventually emerge the victor of that particular scrap.

Pasquali promptly retook the lead when he muscled his way alongside Siggy-Rebernak as the two cars raced down the pit straight to start the second lap. He made the move stick by overtaking around the outside of Tamburello. Siggy-Rebernak kept Pasquali under pressure all the way to the flag but did not manage to retake the lead. He would still be named the victor in the end following the addition of the 1-second post-race penalty to Pasquali’s race time.

The two protagonists of the first race lined up together on the front row for the second, but Pasquali would soon find himself locked in an epic lap-long battle for second place with Franczak. Further back, other drivers engaged in numerous battles for position while Massimo Paganini spun and had to crawl back to the pits.

Macfarlane and Vella raced each other hard for 3<sup>rd</sup> place, swapping positions numerous times on the first lap. After numerous overtakes pulled off by both drivers throughout it would eventually be Macfarlane to round out the podium places, with Vella coming home in fourth.

Gianluigi Corrao’s efforts at making his way back through the field following an earlier off were thwarted when Filippo Caricati spun a couple of places in front of him, colliding with him as he attempted to make his way through.

Out front, it ended up being a dominant performance from Siggy-Rebernak, who took the chequered flag almost four seconds clear of Franczak. He also set the fastest lap of the race. His two victories mean that he ended the first round with 50 points to go 17 points clear at the top of the championship, followed by Kamil in second and Bernard in third.