“It has been a tough weekend with little to separate the drivers at the top in terms of lap times. As for the race, I made up for the below par display in qualifying:
“Winning is always great and, seeing as I am from Marbella, winning at home is even better.
“I think the sessions over the past two days have been positive. I tracked Stefano Gai in this morning's race, trying to keep as close as possible.
Two weeks ago in Germany, Gaetano Ardagna Perez claimed a place on the podium after making the most of Smurra's indecision as the race came to an end.
"The race went really well I am happy with the win.
"It was a tiring race as it was my first in the Trofeo Maserati.
When expectations are high, sixth place might be taken as a disappointing result. This is exactly what Francesco Maggi felt considering how things went in the race. The bad luck which had ruined the second qualifying session seemed to have followed him into the race.
"I was a bit unfortunate in the morning race after a hard start and then I lost more ground after the clash with La Mazza.
“I honestly didn't think I would end up on the podium. It was a pleasant surprise as I started down the pack after a fairly average qualifying session.
I am overjoyed with this result as it moves me to the top of the standings."