Christian Mansell’s second ever outing in the Euroformula Open saw him claim a rookie class win and an outright second place finish.
With the round taking place at Monza, Mansell was racing for his regular GB3 Championship squad Carlin after getting the call up thanks to his impressive debut at Spa-Francorchamps earlier this year.
Despite not having competed in the series since May, Mansell showed plenty of pace during free practice and qualifying, before eventually securing a fifth placed start on the grid.
Mansell’s best result of the weekend's triple-header at the famous Italian circuit came in the opening 18-lap race, as he clawed his way to the lead by the halfway mark, before undergoing an intense battle with Carlin teammate Cameron Das until the end of the race.
Unfortunately, Mansell lost out by just half a second, however the runner-up finish was a deserving reward for the 16-year-old who also picked up the rookie win in the process.
The heavens opened up for day two and while Mansell set the fastest lap on multiple occasions in the second race, the wet and trying conditions made passing very difficult and he was forced to settle for sixth.
In the final race of the weekend, the Newcastle-born driver continued to showcase his ability in the wet weather conditions, and his maturity as a driver, as he dropped back to 10th due to electrical issues, before completing a mighty recovery run that saw him reach the chequered flag in P4.
Following his second round in the international Formula Three championship, Mansell was thrilled with his performances.
“Getting the call late on to ask if you want to race at Monza - isn't really something that you can turn down as a racing driver. It's a sick track in the dry and wet - although it was maybe a bit too wet at the end,” Mansell said.
"We had good pace all weekend, and we showed that in practice and qualifying. To get the rookie win in the first was a fantastic result, and the race win was definitely there for the taking so I went for it.
“The move we did; it was mega and one of those that just happens, and you don't really think much about it. I was super happy with that result even if we didn't get the win, but Cameron did a great job and we battled hard. Overall, I'm happy with the outcome.
“Race three on Sunday was a mega end to the weekend. I was catching the leaders early on, then out of turn one it wouldn't shift up. I had to put it into the emergency gear shift mode and then the safety car came out and I thought 'maybe this race will come to me'. It was so unexpected and we got back up to P4.
“Thanks to both Carlin and Motopark for giving me the opportunity to race again in the series and at such an amazing circuit, and now we look at Donington Park hoping to end the GB3 season on a high.”
Mansell now turns his attention to the final round of the GB3 Championship, where he is vying for second outright on the standings in his maiden season.
The GB3 Championship season takes place at Donington Park on 16-17 October.