The last time we saw him this happy when climbing out of a Maserati was during the first ever Trofeo season.
Nicki Pastorelli: “After the comeback in Race 1, starting from pole in the second race made things easier for me. That aside, I really enjoyed it out there".
Niek Hommerson: "I took the lead after Sperati and Ardagna Perez's accident and managed to hold off the others until Nicki Pastorelli crept up on me".
A scan of the timesheet betrays a trace of disappointment.
The lap times set by Swiss driver Marcel Pawlicek show that he is making progress.
After his fine showing in Race 2 at Monza, all eyes were on Roberto Sperati.
After a good night's sleep, a beaming Pietro Zumerlee closed out qualifying in third place. The performance proved that a little rest goes a long way.
The determination was there but the luck deserted him.
The Belgian singer again showed how at home he feels in the car in the two qualifying sessions.
Paolo Necchi will not have happy memories of Monza.