Europe’s Endurance Series also got underway this past week, also at Monza, and the result was more of the same as Tonizza yet again beat Rogers.
This series sees drivers representing their esports teams, with multiple drivers per car. Tonizza paired with de Salvo for the Ferrari Driver Academy team, but the duo could only line up third on the grid behind a pair of VRS Coanda cars. Kroenke took pole position with Charlie Collins in one 911, with Rogers second on the grid with Pashchalis Gkergkis in the other.
Again, there was an almost immediate lead change, but this time it was Rogers – taking the first stint – who hit the front from Kroenke, but Tonizza stayed in close contact and got up past Kroenke just before his first pit stop, handing over to de Salvo, while Rogers and Kronke double-stinted
A stellar middle hour from de Salvo saw him slash Rogers’s lead from nearly eight seconds to under two, before the crucial final stops. Unusually, de Salvo handed back to Tonizza for the final stint, and when Gkergkis emerged from his slightly later stop he came out staring at the Ferrari’s rear wing.
With no cars ahead of him, Tonizza drove clean away to take victory by 11 seconds. Third went to the GPX Racing car of Chris Hoeke and Samir Ibraimi, beating Kroenke/Collins through the final stops.