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05/15/11
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Zanella doubles up at Magny-Cours  
Chris Zanella
Christopher Zanella completed a clean sweep of the silverware in rounds three and four of the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship at Magny-Cours, promoting him to the top of the drivers’ standings.

After winning Saturday’s rain-affected round three, the 21-year-old Swiss driver today secured his second consecutive win in round four, closely followed by Brit Alex Brundle, son of former Grand Prix racer Martin, and Mirko Bortolotti.

Zanella held off a charging Brundle at the start and protected his lead throughout the 24-lap race at the former Formula One Grand Prix, whilst Bortolotti and an impressive Mihai Marinescu kept them in check. Brundle tried very hard to close on the F2 rookie, running wide at one point but the Swiss driver led confidently, buoyed by his performance from yesterday.

Miki Monras was held back at the start by Ramon Pineiro and it took several laps for the Spaniard to pass him. Once he completed the move he caught up with the leading quartet. Stalking Marinescu for several laps he made a move in the dying moments to take fourth place, but it wasn't enough to protect his championship lead.

Behind the leading pack, newcomer Jon Lancaster continued a fine debut, making his way up to sixth place and finishing just ahead of fellow Briton Will Bratt. Tobias Hegewald was the last man to take advantage of Pineiro's drop down the field, although Jack Clarke tried very hard but had to settle for 10th place.

The race was held in dry conditions, in contrast to yesterday's opener and although some spots of rain were reported in the pitlane, it wasn't enough to trouble the competitors.

Speaking after the race, Zanella said: “I like this track a lot and I’m very happy to be leading the championship. I had a good start in the race and had a little fight with Brundle going into the first corner. After that I pushed a bit for three or four laps to make a gap. After that I tried to drive consistently.”

Rounds five and six of the series take place at Spa-Francorchamps on 24/25/26 June.

Top-10

Clas.

Driver Nat. Primary Sponsor Laps Gap
1 19 Christopher Zanella CHE Star 24 0.000
2 5 Alex Brundle GBR GAC 24 1"414
3 4 Mirko Bortolotti ITA Bortolotti Construzioni 24 2"815
4 6 Miki Monras ESP Paddock Boulevard 24 6"136
5 9 Mihai Marinescu ROM Brasov Romania 24 8"767
6 23 Jon Lancaster GBR Silver Lining 24 11"864
7 17 Will Bratt GBR i4retail 24 12"148
8 18 Tobias Hegewald DEU 24 17"785
9 15 Ramon Piñeiro ESP Next Limit 24 22"293
10 11 Jack Clarke GBR APO / KSS 24 23"075
11 22 Johannes Theobald DEU 24 36"115
12 16 Mikkel Mac DEN BM Steel Construction 24 36"555
13 28 Benjamin Lariche FRA Quick 24 37"431
14 10 Maxim Snegirev RUS Klaxon 24 41"771
15 21 Thiemo Storz DEU Darsena Management 24 47"876
16 13 Jose Luis Abadin ESP Racing for Galicia 24 52"167
17 2 James Cole GBR Comma 24 1'04"706
18 8 Plamen Kralev BUL M-tel 24 1'15"779
19 30 Sunghak Mun KOR Sung Kyun Kwan University 24 1'17"687
20 77 Natalia Kowalska POL Better World GP 24 1'24"533

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