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Duerksen tops day one of Italian F4’s Imola test, Mercedes junior joins

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Joshua Duerksen followed up his impressive Euroformula debut with a return to Formula 4 at Imola and a test-topping pace.

The Italian championship test is running over Wednesday and Thursday, and Mucke Motorsport’s Duerksen set the pace on day one by over seven tenths of a second.

In the morning it was Prema’s Sebastian Montoya who was quickest, with he and Duerksen in different groups as the 28-car entry list was split into two.

Both topped each of the sessions in their respective groups, with Jenzer Motorsport’s Santiago Ramos being the closest to Duerksen in their group. On the midday timesheet, Montoya was 0.021s up on Duerksen.

It was similarly close in the first of the afternoon sessions, with Montoya 0.035s up this time, but then Duerksen found another level of pace in his final session to be the only driver to lap in the 1m44s. Montoya also improved in his final run of the day, but was 0.702s slower than Duerksen.

Less than a tenth split Montoya in second and Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli in sixth, with the drivers in between them being Ramos, Prema’s Kirill Smal and a driver at Cram Motorsport whose identity wasn’t listed on live timing.

Formula Scout understands it was reigning F4 United Arab Emirates champion and Euroformula podium finisher Enzo Trulli who was in Cram’s car. His F4 title came with the team, but a contract he signed with Drivex School to contest Spanish F4 prevented him from racing in the Italian series.

He then raced in Euroformula with Drivex instead, but what is believed to be a contractual dispute led to the 16-year-old missing the most recent round at the Hungaroring where he was replaced by Duerksen.

Prema ran two extra cars at Imola for test driver Charlie Wurz and French F4 racer Maceo Capietto, who is the son of the team’s Formula 2 engineer and team manager Guillaume Capietto.

AKM Motorsport handed a group test debut to South Korean karter Kim Hwarang, who has previously tested privately at Cremoa with DR Formula.

Hwarang is an official Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing junior driver through his karting team CV Performance Group, which is linked to several of Mercedes’ official customer teams in sportscar racing. He’s currently 48th in the CIK-FIA European Karting Championship for OK karts with one round to go.

Group B’s session three lap count discluded from table after approved results were not released

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport 1m44.753s 80
2 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m45.455s +0.702s 51
3 Santiago Ramos Jenzer Motorsport 1m45.486s +0.733s 79
4 Kirill Smal Prema 1m45.501s +0.748s 52
5 Enzo Trulli Cram Motorsport 1m45.520s +0.767s 83
6 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx 1m45.530s +0.777s 58
7 Maceo Capietto Prema 1m45.596s +0.843s 54
8 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport 1m45.621s +0.868s 58
9 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema 1m45.672s +0.919s 56
10 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport 1m45.715s +0.962s 75
11 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport 1m45.761s +1.008s 55
12 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m45.792s +1.039s 55
13 Erick Zuniga Mucke Motorsport 1m45.822s +1.069s 75
14 Jonas Ried Mucke Motorsport 1m45.930s +1.177s 81
15 Kacper Sztuka AS Motorsport 1m45.932s +1.179s 59
16 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport 1m46.053s +1.300s 72
17 Vittorio Catino Cram Motorsport 1m46.060s +1.307s 83
18 Charlie Wurz Prema 1m46.077s +1.324s 52
19 Maya Weug Iron Lynx 1m46.114s +1.361s 62
20 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing 1m46.150s +1.397s 50
21 Eron Rexhepi BVM Racing 1m46.516s +1.763s 52
22 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport 1m46.553s +1.800s 54
23 Georgios Markogiannis Cram Motorsport 1m46.685s +1.932s 86
24 Jorge Garciarce Jenzer Motorsport 1m46.758s +2.005s 55
25 Pietro Armanni Iron Lynx 1m46.787s +2.034s 60
26 Pedro Perino DR Formula 1m46.894s +2.141s 81
27 Levente Revesz AKM Motorsport 1m46.926s +2.173s 70
28 Kim Hwarang AKM Motorsport 1m48.620s +3.867s 75