Davide Ongaro has been dominant in 2019, taking six wins from six rounds.
The penultimate race weekend of the RCGP World Series in Asti, Italy saw CommSportMx – Scuderia Scampi Rosso driver Davide Ongaro crowned as the inaugural Drivers’ Champion, with victory in Round 6 of the championship giving the Italian an unassailable lead in the standings.
The dominant win in Sunday’s Main Final was the sixth of the season for Ongaro, completing a perfect tally so far in 2019, a feat which also puts him a step closer to being able to complete a perfect season across the eight rounds.
Ongaro set the ball rolling at the opening rounds of the championship in Manila, notching up comfortable wins on both Saturday and Sunday to put himself at the top of the championship standings, edging out title rival David Ronnefalk. The third and fourth rounds of the season in Fehring saw a tighter race at the front however, as the BeachRC Wildcard entrant Marco Baruffolo challenged the pace of his fellow countryman on the Saturday, coming out on top in a thrilling wheel-to-wheel battle in the second of the two Finals. Despite the challenge, a win in the first Final was enough to secure the overall victory for Ongaro, which he again backed up by taking the flag in Round 4 on Sunday – a difficult weekend for Ronnefalk would further extend the championship lead.
Another weekend, another win – the Drivers’ Championship was wrapped up two rounds early in Asti.
Asti would prove to be another happy hunting ground for Ongaro, with two more wins on home ground. Straight on the pace from Friday’s Free Practice sessions, the young star outclassed the field in Italy with flawless performances in both Rounds 5 and 6, which not only maintained his win record for the season, but also crowned Ongaro as the 2019 drivers’ champion.
“Asti was a perfect weekend for us. Maybe we knew the surface better because we had the Italian championship two weeks before – but from Friday the car, tyres, engine and all the rest worked perfect.
“I was just driving without mistakes, maybe two or three tenths slower, but without mistakes.”
Ongaro’s title campaign has been defined by consistency, with a measured, metronomic approach to driving. However, another key element to the 18 year-old’s dominance is the work that takes place behind the scenes – mechanic Verardo Riccardo, known by many as “Verry”, plays a crucial role in the success – not only in preparing a car to the highest standard, but also in providing a package that instills confidence in the driver.
“We are really happy, we won all the rounds, and that’s because all this stuff allows me to drive as well as I can!
“We are really happy about how everything has worked during the championship so far.”
Preparation has been key to Ongaro’s success during the 2019 campaign.
With the pressure of winning the drivers’ title now off for Ongaro, the focus shifts to securing the team title, with CommSportMx – Scuderia Scampi Rosso holding a 47-point advantage over SWORKz International heading into Rounds 7 and 8 at Thunder Alley Raceway. However, plenty of attention will also be paid to the Italian’s ongoing win streak, which has been one of the major talking points of the season – with just two rounds remaining at RCGP USA, only two victories stand between Ongaro and a perfect season.
“I can’t wait to be in USA at a great track and facility for rounds 7 & 8.
“I hope to deliver a good result, we will see how it goes there.”