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Photo. James Bearne

Swiss driver Christopher Zanella was the sharp-dressed man and legs up on the competition at Magny-Cours. The 21-year old won both races over the weekend and now leads the championship.

Alex Brundle started race one from pole position and was leading when it started to rain. The slippery conditions caught many drivers but proved to be a blessing in disguise for Zanella and German Tobias Hegewald. Both poured on the pressure on Brundle and second place man Miki Monras. Zanella zoomed by Monras and before too long went by Brundle also to take the lead. Hegewald also sailed past Monras and Brundle but ran out of time to hunt down Zanella.

The Swiss said in post-race conference, “To win the race was a great feeling for me and unbelievable given I had a really bad start. I dropped down to fourth and tried to stay with the others, then I tried to close the gap, lap-by-lap, and I was trying to find line. Then I overtook one after the other and that was really good. It was a hard race and especially at the end when you’re alone and you start to have some thoughts and that’s very dangerous.”

Photo. James Bearne

Sunday’s race was sans-rain but Zanella reigned in the dry also. He led all 24-laps from his pole position, and held off a determined Brundle who had to settle for second. Italian Mirko Bortolotti had his hands full defending his third place from Monras.

The top five in the championship are: Zanella, 71 points; Bortolotti, 66; Monras, 64; Hegewald, 42 and Brundle, 33.

Round three will be run June 24-26 at Spa-Francorchamps.

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