Lorandi is immediately fast and overtakes Fittipaldi and Malvestiti, the latter finally second in front of teammate Giorgio Carrara
28/07/2018 – Imola – Race 1: Leonardo Lorandi is once again a lion as we knew him before the last racing weekend in Misano. He attacks immediately, from third place of starting grid, Enzo Fittipaldi (Prema Theodore Racing), and after Federico Malvestiti (Jenzer Motorsport), who start starts from pole. Federico resists well from Lorandi’s attacks until after 7 minutes from the start, when he has to surrender to strength and speed of Bhai Tech Racing driver. At their back, Giorgio Carrara (Jenzer Motorsport) manages to pass Fittipaldi, taking advantage of a failed tentative of the Brazilian to overtake Lorandi.
Arund 6’ from the end of the race, safety car enters the track due to Ido Cohen (Muecke Motorsport) going out of track during a battle with Oliver Rasmussen (Jenzer Motorsport). The group of drivers is back to a compact situation, but when Safety Car exits the track 2 minutes from the end of the race Lorandi is fast in accelerating and gains distance from Malvestiti. Final results are: Lorandi, Malvestiti, Carrara, Fittipaldi, who manages just to gain some points and limit the loss from Lorandi, Petr Patcek (Bhai Tech Racing), first among Rookies and more and more leader of the Trophy, and Gianluca Petecof (Prema Theodore Racing), second among Rookies and also in the Trophy standings, where he evidently loses points from the Czech Republic driver. Third on Rookies podium is Niklas Krutten (Muecke Motorsport).