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Badoer fastest in Italian F4’s post-season Misano test

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Brando Badoer was fastest in the latest post-season test for Italian Formula 4 teams at Misano.

The test was split into morning and afternoon sessions over two days, and Prema’s Tuukka Taponen was quickest in the four-hour Wednesday morning session by a slim 0.055 seconds over team-mate Arvid Lindblad.

Ugo Ugochukwu was a further 0.090s back in the third of Prema’s cars, and just 0.004s ahead of PHM Racing’s Valentin Kluss. US Racing’s Zachary David, who had driven in a Spanish F4 test at Barcelona the day before, and Prema’s Kean Nakamura Berta set identical laptimes for fifth place.

The driver of AKM Motorsport’s #39 car, whose identity was not revealed by the team, set the pace in the shorter afternoon session. Lindblad was next best, his 1m35.893s lap putting him 0.082s ahead of Taponen, with similarly small gaps between those behind.

David was 0.146s off the pace in fourth, BVM Racing’s Alfio Spina was 0.180s back in fifth, and he was just 0.007s faster than Kluss and 0.016s up on Ugochukwu. Nakamura Berta and Badoer set identical laptimes and were 0.070s slower than Ugochukwu.

Badoer set the test’s fastest lap on Thursday morning, a 1m35.388s, and topped the session by 0.326s over David.

Little over a tenth covered David, Taponen, Spina, Ugochukwu and James Wharton, who had taken over the car previously driven by Lindblad.

Fastest in the final session was David, putting him third overall in the combined test classification, pipping Badoer to the top of the afternoon timesheet by 0.034s. On the second day the PHM drivers ran on Giti tyres, as the F4 United Arab Emirates championship is switching to the tyre manufacturer from Hankook.

There were 28 cars at the two-day Spanish F4 test at Barcelona, and Pedro Clerot set the pace for MP Motorsport on the opening day.

Campos Racing duo Jesse Carrasquedo Jr and Enzo Deligny were his closest rivals, with the top 10 completed by MP’s Keanu Al Azhari, Theophile Nael (Sainteloc Racing), Jeronimo Berrio (MP), Noah Lisle (Argenti Motorsport), Griffin Peebles (Formula de Campeones), David (Campos) and Hiyu Yamakoshi (Formula de Campeones) who has recently done French F4 testing too.

Sharing the track at Barcelona was a group of GP3 and Formula Regional cars. VAR’s Kas Haverkort was the fastest FRegional driver on day one by 0.460s over R-ace GP’s Matias Zagazeta.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Brando Badoer VAR 1m35.388s 223
2 #39 AKM Motorsport 1m35.430s +0.042s 128
3 Zachary David US Racing 1m35.585s +0.197s 218
4 Tuukka Taponen Prema 1m35.728s +0.340s 175
5 Alfio Spina BVM Racing 1m35.745s +0.357s 187
6 Ugo Ugochukwu Prema 1m35.770s +0.382s 175
7 James Wharton Prema 1m35.819s +0.431s 98
8 Ethan Ischer Jenzer Motorsport 1m35.872s +0.484s 209
9 Arvid Lindblad Prema 1m35.893s +0.505s 84
10 Kean Nakamura Berta Prema 1m35.913s +0.525s 174
11 Akshay Bohra US Racing 1m35.955s +0.567s 225
12 #78 PHM Racing 1m35.992s +0.604s 196
13 Nikita Johnson PHM Racing 1m36.038s +0.650s 182
14 Gianmarco Pradel US Racing 1m36.040s +0.652s 225
15 Ruiqi Liu US Racing 1m36.045s +0.657s 209
16 Valentin Kluss PHM Racing 1m36.080s +0.692s 188
17 #8 [Gen1 car] Real Racing 1m36.156s +0.768s 213
18 Matheus Ferreira VAR 1m36.182s +0.794s 211
19 Alvaro Cho VAR 1m36.427s +1.039s 214
20 Raphael Narac R-ace GP 1m36.804s +1.416s 206
21 #36 AKM Motorsport 1m36.946s +1.558s 178
22 #38 AKM Motorsport 1m37.242s +1.854s 167
23 Jakob Bergmeister PHM Racing 1m37.898s +2.510s 199
24 AMG [Gen1 car] CDM – RS 1m40.052s +4.664s 124