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Akshay Bohra fastest in Italian F4 test at Mugello

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

US Racing’s Akshay Bohra was fastest in Italian Formula 4 pre-season testing at Mugello this week.

He and team-mate Jack Beeton started the test in joint first place, as both set a 1m49.036s in the opening session. Gianmarco Pradel, another US Racing driver, was just 0.008 seconds behind in third place.

CL Motorsport’s Newman Chi was 0.126s back in fourth, and US’s Matheus Ferreira was 0.345s off the pace in fifth. The top 11 were covered by 0.974s.

Pradel lowered the pace to 1m48.476s in session two, going fastest by 0.115s over Bohra and 0.319s over Jenzer Motorsport’s 23. Ferreira was fourth again and improved his pace, but was 0.485s off the new benchmark.

Chi rose to the fore in session three, setting a 1m48.193s to lead Pradel by 0.032s. PHM Racing’s Andrej Petrovic was third fastest, 0.486s back, and US Racing drivers filled the next five positions. Everyone below that was more than a second slower than Chi.

The day concluded with another pace gain from Pradel, who set a 1m48.099s. Beeton was his closest rival in session four and 0.164s behind, then Petrovic and US’s Kabir Anurag were 0.265s and 0.2778s back respectively. Bohra, R-ace GP’s Enzo Yeh, Ferreira and Chi lapped within 0.5s of Pradel’s pace, with 14 drivers in total within a second of him and only eight of the 30 drivers failing to improve.

Wednesday started slightly slower, with Bohra leading the way again and setting a 1m48.399s. He pipped Pradel to top spot by 0.023s, with their team-mate Maxim Rehm a further 0.086s behind in third. Yeh skipped the day’s opening session.

The pace broke into the 1m47s in the next session, at least for Bohra, as he set a 1m47.810s that would not be beaten. Beeton was second fastest with a 1m48.083s, and Pradel completed an all-US top three with a 1m48.198s. PHM’s Davide Larini was absent from the action.

Session seven was significantly slower, with Chi the only driver to lap sub-1m49s. His 1m48.355s effort put him 0.829s clear of Bohra, with a big gap of 1.281s to Larini in third. However the field was close below that, with a second splitting third and 18th.

The only driver to improve their pace was Sainteloc Racing’s Matteo Quintarelli, who was eighth fastest in the session.

Eight drivers set personal bests in the last session, which was topped by Bohra with a 1m47.942s. Ferreira was second in-session and fifth overall with a 1m47.252s, and Beeton was third fastest. The top 14 were covered by 0.898s, and the driver of Jenzer Motorsport’s #22 car was absent.

Jenzer was expecting to run three or four cars in the F4 Central European Zone championship this year, and during the Mugello test announced that for the Balaton Park season opener it will field Ethan Ischer, Max Karhan (a full-season signing), Andrija Kostic, Oscar Wurz (also a full-season signing) and Shimo Zhang.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Akshay Bohra US Racing 1m47.810s 104
2 Jack Beeton US Racing 1m48.083s +0.273s 89
3 Gianmarco Pradel US Racing 1m48.099s +0.289s 95
4 Newman Chi CL Motorsport 1m48.193s +0.383s 128
5 Matheus Ferreira US Racing 1m48.252s +0.442s 104
6 #23 Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.353s +0.543s 114
7 Andrej Petrovic PHM Racing 1m48.364s +0.554s 124
8 Kabir Anurag US Racing 1m48.377s +0.567s 108
9 Maxim Rehm US Racing 1m48.508s +0.698s 96
10 Enzo Yeh R-ace GP 1m48.520s +0.710s 99
11 Emanuele Olivieri AKM Motorsport 1m48.619s +0.809s 121
12 Davide Larini PHM Racing 1m48.660s +0.850s 116
13 #210 Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.732s +0.922s 124
14 #250 AKM Motorsport 1m48.774s +0.964s 140
15 #25 Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.811s +1.001s 133
16 #22 Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.894s +1.084s 92
17 Maximilian Popov PHM Racing 1m48.941s +1.131s 122
18 Kamal Mrad PHM Racing 1m49.012s +1.202s 103
19 Luka Sammalisto R-ace GP 1m49.017s +1.207s 95
20 Alexander Savinkov AKM Motorsport 1m49.028s +1.218s 96
21 Edu Robinson AS Motorsport 1m49.143s +1.333s 163
22 Everett Stack PHM Racing 1m49.293s +1.483s 131
23 #24 Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.600s +1.790s 121
24 Yevan David Sainteloc Racing 1m49.605s +1.795s 126
25 Matteo Quintarelli Sainteloc Racing 1m49.896s +2.086s 126
26 Maxi Restrepo Sainteloc Racing 1m50.500s +2.690s 146
27 #900 BVM Racing 1m50.508s +2.698s 119
28 Wiktor Dobrzanski AKM Motorsport 1m50.547s +2.737s 106
29 #1 Formula Motorsport 1m50.715s +2.905s 125
30 Dylan Estre Formula Motorsport 1m51.218s +3.408s 128