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Antonelli dominant in Prema 1-2-3-4 at Misano for second Italian F4 win

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: ACI Sport

Andrea Kimi Antonelli recovered from another slow start to cruise to a comfortable win in Italian Formula 4 race two at Misano as Prema filled the top four places.

Charlie Wurz got a better getaway from the outside of the front row to head pole-sitting team-mate Antonelli into the opening corner. However, the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior was able to reassert himself quickly, moving to the front on lap two and quickly building up a gap of almost three seconds to Wurz.

Antonelli was in a race of his own as he disappeared into the distance, extending his lead to over five seconds at the chequered flag to complete a crushing display and jump up to fourth in the championship standings.

To underline his dominance, Antonelli set faster laps than Wurz’s best laptime of the race in 12 of the race’s 20 laps.

Wurz held on to take second, ahead of team-mates James Wharton and Rafael Camara, who is the new points leader. The three ran closely together throughout, without any being able to challenge the order.

US Racing’s Marcus Amand managed to get ahead of the fifth Prema entry of Conrad Laursen after running side-by-side through most of lap one.

Once up to fifth, Amand was already 1.8s down on the Prema group ahead and initially was unable to reduce the gap to them. As the race entered the final three laps, he closed to within just over half-a-second of Camara.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Martinius Stenshorne had a quiet run to seventh, finishing 6.8s behind Laursen and 3.2s ahead of Iron Lynx’s Ivan Domingues.

Some of the fights down the field provided some entertainment, with VAR’s Emmo Fittipaldi emerging on top of a heated battle for 15th, ahead of Nikhil Bohra, Arias Deukmedjan and Alfio Spina.

Pre-race championship leader Alex Dunne had a disastrous race, running a lap down on the leaders before finally calling it a day five laps before the finish. The US Racing driver had been demoted from fourth to 33rd on the grid after having his best laptime from the second qualifying session deleted.

Race result (20 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema
2 Charlie Wurz Prema +5.026s
3 James Wharton Prema +6.381s
4 Rafael Camara Prema +6.662s
5 Marcus Amand US Racing +8.210s
6 Conrad Laursen Prema +15.044s
7 Martinius Stenshorne Van Amersfoort Racing +15.707s
8 Ivan Domingues Iron Lynx +18.937s
9 Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing +21.016s
10 Kacper Sztuka US Racing +22.183s
11 Maya Weug Iron Lynx +25.237s
12 Taylor Barnard PHM Racing +27.450s
13 Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing +30.481s
14 Marcos Flack R-ace GP +31.596s
15 Emmo Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing +35.608s
16 Nikhil Bohra US Racing +39.000s
17 Arias Deukmedjian Van Amersfoort Racing +42.213s
18 Alfio Spina BWR Motorsports +43.479s
19 Pedro Clerot AKM Motorsport +44.084s
20 Valentin Kluss Jenzer Motorsport +44.815s
21 Victoria Blokhina PHM Racing +45.838s
22 Pedro Perino US Racing +46.096s
23 Frederik Lund R-ace GP +48.329s
24 William Karlsson BVM Racing +59.261s
25 Andrea Frassineti Cars Racing +1m05.417s
26 Manuel Quondamcarlo AS Motorsport +1m10.258s
27 Elia Sperandio Maffi Racing +1m10.383s
28 Giovanni Maschio AS Motorsport +1m10.893s
29 Jules Castro Van Amersfoort Racing +1m11.582s
30 Rishab Jain BWR Motorsports +1m12.647s
31 Ismail Akhmed AKM Motorsport +1m14.601s
32 Jonas Ried PHM Racing +1m35.106s
33 Alex Dunne US Racing +5 laps
Ret Ethan Ischer Jenzer Motorsport
Ret Kim Hwarang BVM Racing
Fastest lap: Antonelli, 1m35.246s

Championship standings
1 Camara 77   2 Dunne 73   3 Wharton 54   4 Antonelli 51   5 Sztuka 44   6 Wurz 42   7 Stenshorne 36   8 Amand 34   9 Bedrin 29   10 Barnard 21