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Duerksen defeats Dufek in duel for Italian F4 win at Mugello

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Mucke Motorsport’s Joshua Duerksen returned to the top of the Italian Formula 4 podium with victory in the weekend opener at Mugello.

Joshua Dufek took pole, and the Van Amersfoort Racing driver led the opening lap which was interrupted by a safety car period after Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli lost his front wing while challenging him for the lead and also after Samir Ben (Jenzer Motorsport) and Hamda Al Qubaisi (Prema) crashed into the gravel.

The race was declared wet at that point, and green flag action didn’t resume until lap five. Duerksen immediately attacked Dufek for the lead, and got it done long before the first proper corner of the lap. He also pulled away quickly too, but pushing too hard led to some wide moments and allowed Dufek to get back through.

Prema’s Sebastian Montoya almost got past Duerksen too, but as he hassled him for second place they were both passed by championship leader Ollie Bearman.

It took a few laps for Duerksen to start attacking again, but when he did he was quick to occupy Bearman’s mirrors and he cleared him before the first kink. Once clear of Bearman he took fastest lap and hunted Dufek down, while Bearman and Montoya almost made contact as the latter went through.

Duerksen came to the rear of the leader with three laps of the 16 in the race to go, and he got his move done a lap later taking the wide line down the crest before the first proper corner.

Dufek and Montoya completed the podium, while Bearman dropped back significantly and just held off VAR team-mate Nikita Bedrin for fourth.

Kirill Smal passed Bearman’s main title rival Tim Tramnitz for sixth, while Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior Andrea Kimi Antonelli raced hard against his Prema team-mte Conrad Laursen and finished behind him in 10th in what was his fourth single-seater race.

Fornaroli recovered places after pitting on lap one to replace his wing, but later retired in the pits.

Race results (16 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport 33m27.209s
2 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing +1.125s
3 Sebastian Montoya Prema +3.202s
4 Ollie Bearman Van Amersfoort Racing +8.144s
5 Nikita Bedrin Van Amersfoort Racing +8.728s
6 Kirill Smal Prema +9.108s
7 Tim Tramnitz US Racing +10.634s
8 Santiago Ramos Jenzer Motorsport +11.639s
9 Conrad Laursen Prema +13.305s
10 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema +13.786s
11 Francescho Braschi Jenzer Motorsport +15.200s
12 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport +19.522s
13 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport +19.965s
14 Erick Zuniga Mucke Motorsport +20.484s
15 Bence Valint Van Amersfoort Racing +20.588s
16 Francesco Simonazzi BVM Racing +20.891s
17 Kacper Sztuka Iron Lynx +21.310s
18 Oliver Gray BVM Racing +25.304s
19 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing +25.565s
20 Maya Weug Iron Lynx +26.490s
21 Pedro Perino US Racing +26.594s
22 Jonas Ried Mucke Motorsport +29.270s
23 Pietro Armanni Iron Lynx +29.460s
24 Nicolas Baptiste Cream Motorsport +30.447s
25 Jorge Garciarce Mucke Motorsport +30.847s
Ret Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx
Ret Levente Revesz AKM Motorsport
Ret Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport
Ret Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema
Fastest lap: Duerksen, 1m48.534s

Championship standings 1 Bearman 274   2 Tramnitz 190   3 Fornaroli 157   4 Montoya 148   5 Smal 137   6 Dufek 123   7 Duerksen 99   8 Bedrin 79   9 Laursen 50   10 Vlad Lomko 37