Although the team are no strangers to the F2 paddock as the former operation behind the Russian Time entry, Bahrain marked the debut for UNI Virtuosi Racing, on which they made a strong statement.
After taking pole on Friday, Luca Ghiotto struggled to drive the car off the line on the formation lap for Saturday’s Feature Race and on the start launched with heavy wheel spin dropping him into the field. Ghiotto fought his way forward throughout the race to finish in second place. Guanyu Zhou placed an admirable 10th on his F2 debut, slightly outside of the reverse grid pole position for Sunday.
On Sunday’s Sprint Race, having started 7th following the top-8 grid reversal, Luca Ghiotto rapidly took the lead by lap four and built a handsome gap to the chasing pack, enabling him to gamble on tyre strategy by taking a rare Sprint Race pit-stop. Although this dropped him back into the field, this gave him the benefit of fresh tyres in the latter stages of the race on a typically high-degradation circuit, a risk Ghiotto reaped the reward for when he re-took the lead with two laps to go.
Ghiotto won by a margin of over 5 seconds, marking UNI Virtuosi Racing’s first race win as an entrant and giving Ghiotto the lead in the driver’s championship. Guanyu Zhou progressed from 10th on the grid to finish 4th, netting a good points tally to place UNI Virtuosi Racing second in the team’s championship.
Ryan Motorsport Insurance are pleased to support UNI Virtuosi Racing and wish the team further success at the next round in Azerbaijan in four weeks.