Franco Girolami was delighted to take his third TCR Europe win of the season at Monza, moving the Argentine to just seven points from securing his maiden title in touring cars.
The Comtoyou Racing driver moved ahead of reverse-grid pole-sitter Klim Gavrilov at the end of the opening lap with a pass on the run to the first chicane on lap two, and he wasn’t headed thereafter.
With his only other title rival Josh Files finishing in ninth, Girolami now has a points advantage of 89 points over the Brit, with only 96 available in the season finale in Barcelona.
It means that even if the Audi driver qualifies outside of the top six (points are awarded in both Q1 and Q2 in TCR Europe), he only has to finish 12th in either race at the season finale to wrap up the title.
Whilst Girolami was slightly disappointed not to have sealed the deal in Monza, he was nonetheless happy to have claimed yet another win in the series.
“Still no championship, but this is motorsport, this is racing,” said Girolami. “It was enough today for the show and to put on a good race.
“But in the end yesterday we were struggling in the race, so everybody at Comtoyou Racing worked so, so hard to give me this beautiful car for today for the conditions.
“My massive thanks to Comtoyou for the work and to Viktor Davidovski for trusting me.”
Girolami admitted he had taken a small risk when passing the CUPRA of Gavrilov, although Gavrilov himself admitted after the race that it was a ‘proper track for the Audi’.
“Now we put the focus on Barcelona, where we have to continue working in the same way,” continued Girolami.
“I am so, so happy. I knew that the key was in the start, so I prepared the tyres well to have a strong start.
“I took a little risk, so I went outside another car. I spotted a little mistake from Klim, he lost the car in the last corner, so I took the opportunity to overtake, and secure the win.”