Finally it was king's day for Prema Powerteam in the cold and rainy Imola. The Italian squad celebrated Antonio Fuoco, who won the 2013 F.Renault Alps at the end of Race 1. The young Italian, making his open-wheel debut from the Ferrari Driver Academy, proved to be a winner straight out of the box. Although he just needed one point to enter the series' prestigious roll of honour, and he accomplished the feature in-style.
Fuoco clocked the fastest lap of Group A in qualifying before lining-up alongside the overall pole sitter, his team-mate Luca Ghiotto. At the start, given after two laps spent behind the safety-car, Ghiotto stayed in the lead and held Fuoco off. After another attack on lap 6, he settled for second with an eye on his imminent title.
For the team, it was once again an 1-2 finish with Ghiotto leading magnificently on the wet and Fuoco scoring the points he needed. Angelo Rosin and his squad were also greeted by the 500 fans coming from Cariate, the hometown of Fuoco. Thanks to his fourth win of the season, Ghiotto cemented his runner-up position giving Prema their 13th win over 13 races entered so far in 2013.
Newcomer Hans Villemi also had a positive day on-track by finishing in fourth place. After ending up as the second fastest driver in the A Group, fighting for the lead with Fuoco, he battled with Matt Parry and almost climbed onto the podium. The hardest luck of the day was for Bruno Bonifacio, who had a malfunctioning speed limiter and was forced to come back to the pits for a steering wheel replacement.
Angelo Rosin – Team Prinicipal: "Even though we knew that the title would have been ours, we had plenty of excitement today at the pitwall. Ghiotto and Fuoco were stellar in qualifying and they delivered us with an intense and fun to watch race. I want to congratulate with Luca as he did his job to the perfection, starting from the pole and getting his revenge after Race 2 of the Eurocup series at Le Castellet. Of course, the congratulations also go to Antonio, who achieved something that only few have accomplished since I am in motorsports. Winning such a prestigious title like the Renault ALPS one at the first season in car racing from go-karts is stunning. I also want to praise Bonifacio, who suffered from a technical issue for which we are sorry, and newcomer Villemi, who battled for the lead in qualifying before ending up in a good 4th place”.