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Antonelli eases to another Italian F4 win at Vallelunga

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Andrea Kimi Antonelli had an early scare with Kacper Sztuka, but once again was almost unrivalled en route to Italian Formula 4 victory at Vallelunga.

Sztuka started third on the grid but only took a handful of corners before he was pressuring poleman Antonelli for the lead.

They got so close that he actually rear-ended Antonelli’s car entering one corner, and it took some serious car control for Antonelli to turn in while the rear of his car was going the wrong way.

Sztuka was later tipped onto two wheels by Camara while Antonelli sprinted away and managed to end lap one 1.5 seconds clear, with Prema’s Charlie Wurz and Rafael Camara and PHM Racing’s Taylor Barnard behind Sztuka.

Former points leader Camara fell to the back when he locked up on lap two, and then a rear-left puncture brought an end to his race. Sztuka briefly escaped up the road in second place but was down to fifth on lap three behind Wurz, Barnard and US Racing’s Alex Dunne.

Barnard had more pace than Wurz, and got alongside in several corners before sending it up the inside at the Tornatino hairpin and getting up to second. Wurz was forced off track at the exit of the corner but did not lose any further places, however the pair were already almost five seconds behind Antonelli after just three laps.

Antonelli set fastest lap after fastest lap as he pulled away, lapping in the 1m34s while many were still in 1m36s territory, and the gap only stabilised in the middle of the race as he looked after his tyres and himself in the morning heat.

Barnard was able to distance himself from Wurz, but after 20 laps finished 5.78s behind Antonelli.

Even further back was Dunne, who managed to stay in front of Sztuka, Marcus Amand and eventually Prema’s James Wharton and Conrad Laursen too as they formed a queue behind him.

Wharton has risen up the order and had an incident with Laursen prior to passing him for seventh.

There was lots of drama further back, starting with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Brando Badoer stalling at the start and then retiring. Ismail Akhmed ran off track twice and raced for some time with no front wing before ending his race in the pits, and Frederik Lund broke Elia Sperandio’s rear-left suspension with a hit.

Race result (20 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 31m52.648s
2 Taylor Barnard PHM Racing +5.780s
3 Charlie Wurz Prema +8.081s
4 Alex Dunne US Racing +13.219s
5 Kacper Sztuka US Racing +13.647s
6 Marcus Amand US Racing +14.325s
7 James Wharton Prema +16.127s
8 Conrad Laursen Prema +16.976s
9 Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing +20.073s
10 Martinius Stenshorne Van Amersfoort Racing +22.909s
11 Maya Weug Iron Lynx +23.630s
12 Ivan Domingues Iron Lynx +24.178s
13 Pedro Perino US Racing +26.673s
14 Valentin Kluss Jenzer Motorsport +27.117s
15 William Karlsson BVM Racing +31.932s
16 Alfio Spina BWR Motorsports +33.565s
17 Valerio Rinicella AKM Motorsport +38.107s
18 Viktoria Blokhina PHM Racing +39.037s
19 Jonas Ried PHM Racing +39.665s
20 Emmo Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing +40.036s
21 Frederik Lund R-ace GP +40.668s
22 Ethan Ischer Jenzer Motorsport +42.497s
23 Georgios Markogiannias Cram Motorsport +44.668s
24 Andrea Frassineti Cars Racing +58.169s
25 Manuel Quondamcarlo AS Motorsport +58.519s
26 Nelson Neto Cram Motorsport +58.869s
27 Kim Hwarang BVM Racing +1m03.513s
28 Nicholas Monteiro Cram Motorsport +1m03.856s
29 Giovanni Maschio AS Motorsport +1m24.935s
30 Adam Fitzgerald R-ace GP +1 lap
31 Ismail Akhmed AKM Motorsport +3 laps
32 Jules Castro Van Amersfoort Racing +6 laps
Ret Elia Sperandio Maffi Racing
Ret Rishab Jain BWR Motorsports
Ret Nikhil Bohra US Racing
Ret Rafael Camara Prema
Ret Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing
Fastest lap: Antonelli, 1m34.755s

Championship standings
Antonelli 194   2 Camara 165   3 Dunne 132   4 Wharton 100   5 Wurz 89   6 Amand 83   7 Sztuka 80   8 Laursen 56   9 Bedrin 54   10 Stenshorne 50