For round six of the Heusinkveld Mazda MX-5 World Tour the drivers headed over to Italy and the high speed Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

Once again Sonny Kanchin set the pace in the practice session, he continued this in qualifying by getting pole by over a tenth to Gene Fiddes. Stef Veenhof was the first AM driver in ninth place.  Steliyan Chepilevski started all the way down in eighth place after an underwhelming qualifying session.

Kanchin kept his lead going into turn one whilst Gene Fiddes was under attack from Penot in third. At the end of the lap Penot went down the inside of Fiddes going into turn one, but Fiddes was better on the brakes and kept the position. Penot was able to get by Gene at the next chicane as Steven Van Opstal was able to follow Penot through.

Penot went for the lead at the end of lap three going into the Parabolica. Kanchin took the lead back at the first chicane with not much of a fight from Penot who new how important it was to keep the gap to the cars behind them. However their short battle brought the second pack back into the fight for the lead.

David Hampson, Tom Rathje, Derick Holland and Eric Koeman were the first cars to come into the pits with eleven laps to go. All came out in the same order, but Koeman had a much longer pit stop.

A lap later Kanchin, Pagnan, Fiddes and Van Opstal came in to the pits. Fiddes came out right behind Kanchin who came out in fifth place. Van Opstal and Pagnan were in their pit boxes for much longer than Kanchin and Fiddes because of a suspected pit speeding penalty after Van Opstal nearly ran into the back of Pagnan’s MX-5 on pit entry.

Penot and Chepilevski came in with seven laps to go after they worked together for the three laps that they had after Kanchin, Pagnan, Fiddes and Van Opstal came in to the pits. Chepilevski came out of the pits before Penot and was able to get into third, to places better than Penot who was now moved down to fifth.

David Hampson had a slow down as they went past the line to start the final lap, putting him out of the fight for the win.

Chepilevski went on the grass to try and get past Kanchin, but he ran out of fuel just before the final corner, putting yet another driver out of the race for first place. Fiddes tried to get Kanchin, but wasn’t able to get by him, with the gap being eight hundredths.

Kanchin got yet another win as Fiddes and Penot got their best finishes of the season in second and third respectively.

 

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