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Antonelli tops Motorsport Games F4 Cup practice as full grid revealed

by Ida Wood

Photo: SRO

Andrea Kimi Antonelli topped both of the practice sessions for the Motorsport Games Formula 4 Cup at Paul Ricard.

The Italian was one of 24 drivers on track on Friday, with several late additions to the entry list.

The highest profile of those additions were F4 United Arab Emirates champion Charlie Wurz (Austria), KCMG junior Pablo Sarrazin (France) and Spanish F4 frontrunner Filip Jenic (Serbia).

Also joining the field was French F4’s Lorens Lecertua (Belgium), British F4 racer Michael Shin (South Korea), Formula LGB 1300 and F4 UAE graduate Ruhaan Alva (India), Guilherme Rocha (Mozambique), Italian F4 racer Ismail Akhmed (Uzbekistan) and two dual-nationality drivers.

One is USF Juniors frontrunner Ethan Ho from America, who has made use of his dual citizenship to drive in the colours of Taiwan. Jasper Thong meanwhile makes his second Motorsport Games appearance and has switched allegiance from Malaysia to Hong Kong.

Antonelli was fastest in the first practice session by over four tenths of a second, setting a 2m08.127s lap to lead Manuel Espirito Santo. Nobody else was within a second of Antonelli, with Wurz and Valentin Kluss the next-best in third and fourth.

FP1 ended under red flag conditions, with Chilean Maria Jose Perez de Arce failing to return to the pits are striking trouble. She did at least complete more laps than Sarrazin though, who only completed three flying laps.

Half of the field improved on their pace in FP2, with Antonelli on top again with a 2m08.591s lap.

Epirito Santo was quickest early on, before Antonelli set his session-topping time halfway through. Wurz made it into second place at the same time, and his 2m09.071s lap put him third overall on the combined timesheet.

Brazil’s Pedro Clerot improved several times in fourth place, and in the final few minutes several drivers improved on their personal bests while Perez de Arce spun.

Bruno del Pino was fifth in the session and sixth overall behind Kluss, while Australia’s Costa Toparis went sixth fastest with his final lap and that put him eighth in the combined classification.

Kluss was unable to set a flying lap in FP2, and Mozambique’s Guilherme Rocha only got out for five laps but did not complete his last one.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Country Time Gaps Laps
1 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Italy 2m08.127s 31
2 Manuel Espirito Santo Portugal 2m08.537s +0.410s 29
3 Charlie Wurz Austria 2m09.071s +0.944s 29
4 Pedro Clerot Brazil 2m09.195s +1.068s 27
5 Valentin Kluss Germany 2m09.539s +1.412s 13
6 Bruno del Pino Spain 2m09.589s +1.462s 31
7 Sandro Tavartkiladze Georgia 2m09.704s +1.577s 33
8 Costa Toparis Australia 2m09.723s +1.596s 35
9 Lorens Lecertua Belgium 2m09.725s +1.598s 23
10 Julius Dinesen Denmark 2m09.805s +1.678s 28
11 Filip Jenic Serbia 2m09.842s +1.715s 26
12 Dario Cabanelas Switzerland 2m09.872s +1.745s 24
13 Valentino Mini Panama 2m09.932s +1.805s 31
14 Pablo Sarrazin France 2m10.426s +2.299s 17
15 Michael Shin South Korea 2m10.475s +2.348s 25
16 Alister Yoong Malaysia 2m10.535s +2.408s 23
17 Alex Partyshev Ukraine 2m10.595s +2.468s 25
18 Zeno Kovacs Hungary 2m10.916s +2.789s 24
19 Ruhaan Alva India 2m11.230s +3.103s 23
20 Ethan Ho Taiwan 2m11.608s +3.481s 26
21 Jasper Thong Hong Kong 2m11.712s +3.585s 29
22 Ismail Akhmed Uzbekistan 2m12.170s +4.043s 30
23 Guilherme Rocha Mozambique 2m12.260s +4.133s 22
24 Maria Jose Perez de Arce Chile 2m14.403s +6.276s 22