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Andrea Rosso tops Motorsport Games F4 practice sessions

by Peter Allen

Photo: SRO / Dirk Bogaerts Photography

Andrea Rosso led the way for Italy on home soil in both practice sessions ahead of the inaugural Motorsport Games Formula 4 Cup at Vallelunga.

The two 45-minute sessions provided the 20 drivers to familiarise themselves with the hybrid-powered, halo-equipped cars developed for the event by KCMG and operated by Hitech GP.

Former karting ace Rosso, who contested a partial maiden single-seater campaign in Italian F4 this season, set a benchmark time of 1m36.089s to top the morning session.

That was 0.479s ahead of Germany’s ADAC F4 race-winner Niklas Krutten, with Laszlo Toth just 0.03s further behind in third for Hungary.

Rosso managed to narrowly better his time in the afternoon, posting a 1m36.003s before heavy rain set in.

Krutten’s fellow Van Amersfoort ADAC F4 racer-turned-Euroformula Open driver Ido Cohen of Israel finished the day second fastest, 0.202s away from Rosso.

Toth, who scored a best finish of ninth in ADAC F4 this year, was third once again in the second session, in front of the Danish F4 champion Malthe Jakobsen.

Australian F4 champion Luis Leeds was fifth, with Krutten’s time from the morning putting him sixth overall for the day.

Finn William Alatalo, a veteran of two seasons in Italian F4, was fourth and sixth in the two sessions. Just behind him the morning was French F4 runner-up Reshad de Gerus, whose afternoon session ended early.

The top 10 for the day was rounded out by two single-seater novices, with Joao Rosate – champion of the silhouette-based Sprint Race series in Brazil – and Portuguese GT4 racer Mariano Pires edging out SMP F4 champion Pavel Bulantsev.


Free practice results
Pos Driver Nation Time/Gap
1 Andrea Rosso Italy 1m36.003s
2 Ido Cohen Israel +0.202s
3 Lazlo Toth Hungary +0.263s
4 Malthe Jakobsen Denmark +0.409s
5 Luis Leeds Australia +0.522s
6 Niklas Krutten Germany +0.565s
7 William Alatalo Finland +0.620s
8 Reshad de Gerus France +0.731s
9 Joao Rosate Brazil +0.745s
10 Mariano Pires Portugal +0.911s
11 Pavel Bulantsev Russia +0.932s
12 Kazuto Kotaka Japan +1.079s
13 Luca Allen Ireland +1.144s
14 Belen Garcia Spain +1.171s
15 Nicolas Baert Belgium +1.252s
16 Vaclav Safar Czech Republic +1.557s
17 Flynn Mullany New Zealand +2.307s
18 Jasper Thong Malaysia +2.798s
19 Mohammed Al Nusif Kuwait +4.100s
20 Hugo Hung Hong Kong +7.347s