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Andrea Rosso holds off Francesco Pizzi for Italian F4 win at Imola

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: ACI Sport

Andrea Rosso held off a late charge from Francesco Pizzi to take his second win of the Italian Formula 4 season at Imola.

The victory came after an incident when an incident for pre-race points leader Filip Ugran which wiped him out of the race.

Red Bull juniors Jak Crawford and Jonny Edgar were side-by side-off the line from the front row, while Rosso was forced to defend against Prema’s Dino Beganovic. The Cram Motorsport driver quickly fled Beganovic and joined the Van Amersfoort Racing team-mates in the battle for the race lead.

Within a handful of laps he had slipped past Crawford and Edgar with two clean moves, and was beginning to pull away when the safety car was brought out.

Ugran had run wide on the opening lap and was making his way up through the order when he span, running over the kerbs and collecting his Jenzer Motorsport team-mate Jasin Ferati. Bhaitech’s Zdenek Chovanec also fell victim of the kerbs when light contact sent him wide and he damaged his front wing, while Prema’s Gabriel Bortoleto was forced to pit with damaged suspension.

Both Edgar and Crawford swept past Rosso on the restart, but Rosso stuck with the pair. Only a few corners later, Crawford ran straight on at a chicane and appeared to have a steering issue. He managed to avoid Edgar and Rosso, but collided with Francesco Simonazzi (Jenzer) and Bence Valint (VAR) further down the order, bringing out he safety car again.

This time Rosso was kept under pressure by VAR’s Pizzi, who had climbed up to second shortly before the second safety car period. He stayed on Rosso throughout the second half of the race, but Rosso didn’t put a wheel wrong and came home 0.458 seconds ahead.

Gabriele Mini challenged Edgar for the final podium spot on the safety car restart. The pair swapped positions three times in just a handful of corners, but Edgar was eventually able to shake off the Prema driver.

Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli was fifth, ahead of Bhaitech’s Jesse Salmenautio, Prema’s Sebastian Montoya and the sole BVM Racing entry driven Pietro Delli Guanti.


Race results
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Andrea Rosso Cram Motorsport 15 laps
2 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing +0.458s
3 Jonny Edgar Van Amersfoort Racing +1.990s
4 Grabiele Mini Prema +5.009s
5 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx +6.388s
6 Jesse Salmenautio Bhaitech +6.806s
7 Sebastian Montoya Prema +9.339s
8 Pietro Delli Guanti BVM Racing +9.842s
9 Axel Gnos G4 Racing +10.918s
10 Mateusz Kaprzyk Cram Motorsport +11.839s
11 Hamda Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing +12.749s
12 Dino Beganovic Prema +13.101s
13 Dexter Patterson Bhaitech +17.141s
14 Cenyu Han Van Amersfoort Racing +18.113s
15 Sebastian Ogaard Bhaitech +18.658s
16 Sebastian Freymuth AS Motorsport +19.063s
17 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport +27.361s
Ret Jak Crawford Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Bence Valint Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Francesco Simonazzi Jenzer Motorsport
Ret Zdenek Chovanec Bhaitech
Ret Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport
Ret Jasin Ferati Jenzer Motorsport
Ret Gabriel Bortoleto Prema
Fastest lap: Pizzi, 1m45.728s

Championship Standings
1 Pizzi 83   2 Mini 81   3 Ugran 78   Rosso 77   5 Edgar 58   6 Beganovic 49   7 Crawford 33   8 Montoya 30   9 Delli Guanti 28   10 Salmenautio 24