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Brazil’s Pedro Clerot tops Italian F4’s Monza test for AKM Motorsport

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Delta / Edmar Salgueiro Photography

Brazilian Formula 4-bound racer Pedro Clerot topped Italian F4’s two-day pre-season Monza test this week for AKM Motorsport.

BWR Motorsports’ Alfio Spina started the test on top, setting a 1m54.631s to go half a second clear of US Racing’s Alex Dunne in session one. Dunne’s team-mate Marcus Amand and Clerot were the only other two drivers within a second.

Clerot – who came third in the higher downforce Formula Delta Brasil series last year aged 14 – had been on top with 15 minutes to go, but BVM Racing’s Kim Hwarang caused a red flag and after Spina jumped to the top at the end.

Dunne topped session two by 0.192s over Amand, with a 0.533s gap to team-mate Pedro Perino in third. The track was shared with two Dallara 320s, and several old Formula 3 cars joined in as the test went on.

Clerot was fastest in the first afternoon session, setting a 1m54.632s and going 0.543s clear of Spina. His AKM test team-mate Aurelia Nobels, who like Clerot is set to race in the new Brazilian F4 championship, caused late red flags.

Dunne was quickest in session four, 0.246s ahead of Amand. Clerot had early issues but it didn’t lead to red flags, whereas Cars Racing’s Andrea Frassineti did stop proceedings when he hit trouble with 22 minutes to go. At that point Spina topped the session, but following another red flag caused by a 320 driver there was a rapid lap from Dunne and more red flags as a young driver crashed an old F3 car on the pit straight.

Saturday was split into two longer sessions, and Clerot headed the morning running with a new benchmark 1m54.254s lap, going 0.06s faster than US Racing’s Nikhil Bohra. There was a late red flag caused by another F3 car, but it was otherwise a quiet session.

Spinda headed long-time pacesetter Dunne by 0.277s in the afternoon, although never bettered his own session one pace, with Clerot third. There was a late stoppaged caused by Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jules Castro. Only three drivers improved in the final session, one being Chris Rosenkranz who was in BWR’s second car after Rishad Jain piloted it in the morning.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Pedro Clerot AKM Motorsport 1m54.254s 170
2 Nikhil Bohra US Racing 1m54.314s +0.060s 153
3 Alex Dunne US Racing 1m54.371s +0.117s 146
4 Martinius Stenshorne Van Amersfoort Racing 1m54.531s +0.277s 180
5 Marcus Amand US Racing 1m54.617s +0.363s 152
6 Alfio Spina BWR Motorsports 1m54.631s +0.377s 145
7 Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing 1m54.734s +0.480s 184
8 Pedro Perino US Racing 1m54.988s +0.734s 161
9 Emmo Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m55.034s +0.780s 168
10 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi Jenzer Motorsport 1m55.149s +0.895s 155
11 Niko Lacorte Iron Lynx 1m55.405s +1.151s 146
12 Kim Hwarang BVM Racing 1m55.445s +1.191s 148
13 Rasmus Joutsimies Jenzer Motorsport 1m55.448s +1.194s 148
14 Andrea Frassineti Cars Racing 1m55.483s +1.229s 66
15 Alex Partyshev Jenzer Motorsport 1m55.541s +1.287s 144
16 Jules Castro Van Amersfoort Racing 1m55.588s +1.334s 172
17 Arias Deukmedjian Van Amersfoort Racing 1m55.696s +1.442s 171
18 Elia Sperandio Maffi Racing 1m55.732s +1.478s 131
19 Chris Rosenkranz BWR Motorsports 1m55.834s +1.580s 89
20 Ismoilkhuja Akhmedkhodjaev AKM Motorsport 1m55.838s +1.584s 140
21 Giovanni Maschio AS Motorsport 1m56.131s +1.877s 124
22 Rishad Jain BWR Motorsports 1m56.346s +2.092s 87
23 Laura Camps Torras Iron Lynx 1m56.649s +2.395s 157
24 Aurelia Nobels AKM Motorsport 1m56.677s +2.423s 64