WORLD WRAP: Mixed weekend for Peroni at Monza

Alex Peroni pic Alex Peroni Facebook

Formula Renault Eurocup

Australian Alex Peroni has had a mixed weekend at Round 2 of the Formula Renault Eurocup at Monza, while Yifei Ye and Christian Lundgaard shared the race victories.

Peroni (MP Motorsport) finished fifth in Race 1 after starting ninth, however a nasty crash in Race 2 ended his weekend early.

The incident left Peroni with mild concussion, though otherwise unscathed, with Alexander Smolyar receiving a four-place grid penalty for the next race for causing the incident.

Fellow Australian Thomas Maxwell (JD Motorsport) crossed the line 10th in Race 1 before working his way to seventh in the second race of the weekend.

Oscar Piastri (Arden) managed 12th in Race 1 after impressing on debut last weekend at Paul Ricard, before a DNF in Race 2 due to a gearbox sensor failure.

Ye scored top honours in Race 1 and Lundgaard emerged victorious in Race 3.

Round 3 takes place at Silverstone from May 18-20.

Dries Vanthoor pic: Blancpain GT Series

Blancpain GT Endurance Cup

The WRT Audi of Dries Vanthoor, Christopher Mies and Alex Riberas took victory in the opening round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza.

Vanthoor chased the leading Strakka Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Maximilian Goetz down in the final stint of the three-hour race, though was made to give the lead back following a pass outside of track limits.

A few laps later, Vanthoor regained the top spot after Goetz was also forced to give up the lead when he pushed the former off the road during an attempted manoeuvre.

It left Vanthoor a clean run to the flag ahead of the Mercedes driver, while the Luca Stolz, Yelmer Buurman and Maro Engel driven Black Falcon Mercedes worked it’s way up to third in the closing stages of the race.

Silverstone is the next stop on the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup calendar on May 18-20.

Catlin Wood pic: Stefan Deck

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe

Australian Catlin Wood and co-driver Brent Millage (MTech Racing) finished ninth in class for Race 2 of the opening round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe series at Monza, fighting back after finding the gravel in Race 1.

The Race 1 win went the way of Giacomo Altoè and Job Van Uitert (Antonelli Motorsport) after leader at the time, James Pull slowed before the finish line.

Vito Postiglione and Karol Basz took the chequered flag by a comfortable margin in the second race of the weekend.

Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe will head to Silverstone on May 19-20 for the next round.

Nick Cassidy pic: Nick Cassidy Facebook

Super Formula

Naoki Yamamoto took victory in the Super Formula season opener at Suzuka, while New Zealander Nick Cassidy finished seventh after starting 15th on the grid.

Yamamoto led from start to finish, crossing the line ahead of Yuhi Sekiguchi and Tomoki Nojiri who rounded out the podium.

Round 2 of Super Formula gets underway from May 11-13 at Japan’s Autopolis circuit.

Franceso Bagnaia

Moto2

Franceso Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) claimed his second victory of the Moto2 season at the Circuit of the Americas.

Bagnaia snatched the lead midway through the race from Alex Marquez (Marc VDS), who held off a late charge from Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) to finish second.

Oliveira completed the podium in front of Joan Mir (Marc VDS) and Iker Lecuona (Swiss Innovative Investors), who pipped Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) at the line for fifth.

Moto2 heads to Jerez for the next round from May 4-6.

Jorge Martin

Moto3

Jorge Martin reclaimed the Moto3 championship lead with a win at the Circuit of the Americas.

Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) passed rival Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing) with five laps to go and held onto the race win as Bastianini and Marco Bezzecchi (Redox PruestelGP) rounded out the podium.

Jerez is the next stop for Moto3 from May 4-6.

Jonathan Rea pic: Graeme Brown/Geebee Images/2SNAP

World SBK

Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes shared victories in Round 4 of the Superbike World Championship at Assen.

Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) triumphed in Race 1 after withstanding race-long pressure from Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha) and Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Ducati), who completed the podium.

Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) eased to victory in Race 2, leading from pole position to win by 5.4s over Rea.

Van der Mark came home in third after losing out to Rea in the closing stages, while Davies recovered to fourth after running wide at the first corner.

A crash in practice saw Australian Anthony West miss the Supersport World Championship race due to injury, while fellow Australian Lachlan Epis was a DNF.

WorldSBK returns for its next round at Imola from May 11-13.

Pato O’Ward pic: indylights.com

Indy Lights

Andretti Autosport’s Pato O’Ward swept the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in the Indy Lights series.

O’Ward passed team-mate Colton Herta for the win during Race 1 in dry conditions, while Santiago Urrutia finished third.

In a wet race Race 2 though, O’Ward was in a class of his own and built and early lead to win by 5.8s over Franzoni.

Herta completed the podium after passing Urrutia for third, while Telitz also made his way by Urrutia for fourth.

Indy Lights will head to Indianapolis for Rounds 5 and 6 from May 11-12.

Japanese Formula 3

Jake Parsons on the podium pic: Jake Parsons Facebook

Jake Parsons took victory in class in the opening round of the Japanese Formula 3 Championship at Suzuka.

The Team Noda Racing driver finished 13th outright in both of the weekend’s races, with Sho Tsuboi winning both overall.

Japanese Formula 3 now heads to Sportsland Sugo on May 26-27.

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