GT3 / 25 April 2022
JAS Development Drivers Guidetti & Moncini put NSX GT3 Evo 22 on podium
JAS Motorsport Development Drivers Jacopo Guidetti and Leonardo Moncini ensured a superb start to the Italian GT Championship season for the Honda NSX GT3 Evo 22 with a podium finish at Monza.
The result came in tricky wet conditions in Saturday's opening race, for which Guidetti had qualified fifth. He was up to third by the time he reached the mid-race pitstops and Moncini exited second thanks to superb work by the Nova Race team.
Moncini was soon demoted to the final podium spot by a rival car, but redoubled his efforts and re-took the position just minutes before the chequered flag to finish second on his GT3 race debut - only beaten by a multiple Formula 1 podium finisher.
The pair added to this superb result with third place in a dry Sunday race, but this later became sixth when their #55 car was penalised five seconds for Moncini overtaking another car by going off-track and not giving the position back immediately. They are third in the Drivers' points as a result.
Matteo Greco and Francesco Guerra were the quickest crew in the Pro-Am division, qualifying on pole position in class and sixth overall and then battling strongly for the victory in the wet first race; eventually coming out on top of the class by nine seconds.
Nova Race Team Principal Luca Magnoni and Alberto Lippi were strong in the Am class; qualifying second on Saturday and taking third in the opener. Neither they, nor the Greco/Guerra pairing, made the finish of Sunday's race.
All three cars were competing as part of the NSX GT3 Customer Racing Programme; a global collaborative project with JAS Motorsport responsible for assembly of all cars.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) and M-TEC handle sales and technical support in North America and Japan respectively, with JAS responsible for these areas across the rest of the world.