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Bearman makes it five wins in a row in restarted Italian F4 race

by Craig Woollard

Photo: ACI Sport

Ollie Bearman won his fifth successive Italian Formula 4 race as Cenyu Han had a spectacular accident that caused a red flag at Vallelunga.

Bearman got a good start and resisted pressure from Prema’s Sebastian Montoya in the opening moments of the race before a safety car was brought out for separate incidents involving Samir Ben and Erick Zuniga.

On the restart on lap four, Van Amersfoort Racing’s Han battled with Mucke Motorsport’s Joshua Duerksen through the high-speed Curve Grande. Han squeezed Duersken onto the kerb, but then Duersken hit Han and snapped his suspension on impact.

The pair went into the gravel, and Han was launched into a triple roll. Han clambered away from his car, but the race was red-flagged for around 25 minutes.

Shortly before the red flag was called, Bearman locked up and ran wide and Jenzer Motorsport’s Francesco Braschi crashed out at the same turn moments after. Fortunately for Bearman, the results were taken back to the end of the third lap which was behind the safety car.

The race then ran to aggregate timing with 19 minutes on the clock and the drivers completed 13 more laps after the restart.

Once again, VAR driver Bearman found himself under constant pressure from Montoya as the pair pulled away from US Racing’s Tim Tramnitz. Despite an attempted lunge from Montoya on the final lap, Bearman was able to hold on to win.

Tramnitz secured third after battles with Prema’s debuting Charlie Wurz, and his team-mates Kirill Smal, Conrad Laursen and Hamda Al Qubaisi were fifth, sixth and seventh. Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli was eighth, ahead of VAR’s Bence Valint and Joshua Dufek who took 10th on aggregate.

Lorenzo Patrese, Pedro Perino and Vittorio Catino all hit issues. Patrese was in points contention before an apparent mechanical issue, while Jonas Ried pulled over on lap one of the race but did the fill distance of the second leg.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Ollie Bearman Van Amersfoort Racing 16 laps
2 Sebastian Montoya Prema +0.947s
3 Tim Tramnitz US Racing +3.233s
4 Charlie Wurz Prema +4.552s
5 Kirill Smal Prema +8.948s
6 Conrad Laursen Mucke Motorsport +10.075s
7 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema +12.497s
8 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx +16.083s
9 Bence Valint Van Amersfoort Racing +16.988s
10 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing +17.391s
11 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing +19.002s
12 Maya Weug Iron Lynx +26.080s
13 Levente Revesz AKM Motorsport +28.000s
14 Pietro Armanni Iron Lynx +29.939s
15 Nikita Bedrin Van Amersfoort Racing +31.011s
16 Eron Rexhepi BVM Racing +35.287s
17 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport +36.626s
18 Jorge Garciarce Jenzer Motorsport +37.799s
19 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport +44.541s
20 Kacper Sztuka AS Motorsport +46.749s
21 Georgios Markogiannis Cram Motorsport +3m07.273s
22 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport +1 lap
23 Jonas Ried Cram Motorsport +3 laps
Ret Pedro Perino DR Formula
Ret Vittorio Catino Cram Motorsport
Ret Cenyu Han Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Joshau Duerksen Mucke Motorsport
Ret Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport
Ret Erick Zuniga Mucke Motorsport
Ret Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport
DNS Vlad Lomko US Racing
Fastest lap: Tramnitz, 1m33.878s

Championship standings
1 Bearman 182   2 Tramnitz 116   3 Montoya 99   4 Smal 90   5 Fornaroli 89   6 Duerksen 44   7 Dufek 42   8 Lomko 37   9 Laursen 32   10 Victor Bernier 30