The Euroformula Open enters the decisive final part of the season, which starts with an exciting Italian campaign. This weekend, the series will be at Monza, for its annual and traditional stop at the Temple of Speed. Immediately after, it will travel to Tuscany and the beautiful Autodromo del Mugello, a completely different track that it visited only once in the past, in 2020.
Monza comes first. Italian fans of the Euroformula are eager to see the Dallara 320 in action in the straights and fast corners of the 5.793-km iconic track in Lombardy, only a few days after two EF alumni, Carlos Sainz and Liam Lawson, brightly shone at the Singapore F.1 Grand-Prix by taking their second win and first points, respectively.
The focus is on the title fight which is completely open and has changed countenance again after the last round at the Red Bull Ring. By adding two wins to his victory toll (5), Noel León has made a clear statement. The Mexican of Motopark wants to reaffirm his leadership in the standings.
While León has increased his gap, he now has two direct challengers, and both are his teammates, Cian Shields and Bryce Aron, respectively 60 and 69 points behind and both three-time race winners. The Scot has climbed to second position after winning for the third time in Race 3, an exercise where he has become a true specialist. The American, on his side, lived a frustrating weekend in Austria and his eager to fight back. No doubt that their chase to León and their private duel will be interesting to follow.
One man will have to be watched closely at Monza, and this is Francesco Simonazzi. The driver from Reggio Emilia is the local hero and will be racing close to home, followed by family, friends, and fans. The BVM Racing driver is always a candidate for victory and one you can trust to have lively races, and expecting him to do his best this time is an easy bet.
CryptoTower Racing Team is also aiming at top results, with its new top driver line-up that debuted at the Red Bull Ring and will carry on for the remainder of the season: Josh Dufek and Charlie Wurz did already climb on the podium in their maiden weekend in the series and will certainly want to prove they can go up to top ladder.
There will be one change in the Motopark camp as Jakob Bergmeister, currently leading the Rookies Trophy, won’t be able to be at Monza and will be replaced by Levente Révész, who will become the third Hungarian to race in the series this year. The 18-year-old joins from F.Regional, having previously raced in F.4.
With Paolo Brajnik unfortunately taken by a professional commitment, Vladimir Netušil (Effective Racing) will aim at a hat-trick in the Gold Cup.