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Bearman moves into Italian F4 lead with Misano win

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: ACI Sport

Oliver Bearman held off a late challenge from Sebastian Montoya to win the second Italian Formula 4 race of the weekend at Misano.

The Van Amersfoort Racing driver was kept under pressure from Montoya and Leonardo Fornaroli throughout, but neither could find a way past.

Bearman, Fornaroli, and Montoya broke away from the rest of the pack early on while Sami Meguetounif battled his R-ace GP team-mate Victor Bernier for fourth.

Fornaroli tried to keep Bearman under pressure, but was himself at risk of being overtaken by Montoya. Bearman was therefore able to create a small gap, and was 0.7s ahead by the time Montoya found a way past Fornaroli.

The gap rapidly closed as soon as Montoya took second, and Fornaroli stuck with the Prema driver as he closed onto the back of Bearman. Montoya kept the pressure on in the final laps, slowing the trio and allowing Kiril Smal to join in.

Both Bearman and Montoya ran slightly wide late on, but it wasn’t enough to allow Fornaroli back through and they finished spread by 0.796 seconds. Victory earns Bearman the lead in the standings ahead of the absent Tim Tramnitz.

Smal, who had dropped backwards early in the race, picked up fourth. He had fallen behind the battling R-ace cars in the opening laps, and one time they were running side-by-side he was able to sweep past Meguetounif.

He passed Bernier later in the lap and rapidly closed the gap to the top three, finishing 0.761s behind Fornaroli.

Bernier took fifth, ahead of Meguetounif and BVM Racing’s Leonardo Bizzotto.

While two of Prema’s drivers battled for the podium, the other two hit trouble. Hamda Al Qubaisi ran through the gravel and into a barrier on the opening lap, then moments later he team-mate Conrad Laursen and VAR’s Cenyu Han came together and their races ended.

Nicolas Baptiste was able to avoid the early drama to finish eighth, ahead of Joshua Dufek and Lorenzo Patrese after a last-lap four-car battle.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Ollie Bearman Van Amersfoort Racing 20 laps
2 Sebastian Montoya Prema +0.300s
3 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx +0.796s
4 Kirill Smal Prema +1.557s
5 Victor Bernier R-ace GP +2.514s
6 Sami Meguetounif R-ace GP +4.202s
7 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing +11.159s
8 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport +11.693s
9 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing +12.042s
10 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport +13.027s
11 Nikita Bedrin Van Amersfoort Racing +14.478s
12 Bence Valint Van Amersfoort Racing +16.685s
13 Erick Zuniga Mucke Motorsport +16.851s
14 Kacper Sztuka AS Motorsport +17.244s
15 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport +20.637s
16 Jonas Ried Mucke Motorsport +24.327s
17 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport +29.496s
18 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport +32.244s
19 Marcus Amand R-ace GP +32.893s
20 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema +33.464s
21 Eron Rexhepi BVM Racing +39.906s
22 Pietro Armanni Iron Lynx +40.368s
23 Jorge Garciarce Jenzer Motorsport +40.555s
24 Pedro Perino DR Formula +41.671s
25 Maya Weug Iron Lynx +42.990s
26 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport +1 lap
Ret Levente Revesz AKM Motorsport
Ret Cenyu Han Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Conrad Laursen Prema
Fastest lap: Montoya, 1m34.368s

Championship standings
1 Bearman 82   2 Tim Tramnitz 68   3 Fornaroli 62   4 Smal 54   5 Montoya 48   6 Vlad Lomko 33   7 Bernier 28   8 Luke Browning 27   9 Duerksen 20   10 Al Qubaisi 15