Home Formula 4Italian F4 Dunne quickest in pre-event Italian F4 test at Monza

Dunne quickest in pre-event Italian F4 test at Monza

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

US Racing locked out the top four places in Italian Formula 4’s pre-event test session at Monza on Thursday.

Alex Dunne set the pace, but was less than a tenth of a second faster than team-mates Nikhil Bohra and Kacper Sztuka.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Martinius Stenshorne was quickest early on, being the first driver to set a 1m55s lap and then also the first to set one in the 1m54s.

He was usurped by Prema’s points leader Andrea Kimi Antonelli, but Stenshorne replied with a lap that put him back ahead. Antonelli then went even quicker, and Stenshorne responded once more by setting a sub-1m54s lap, but then one-and-a-half minutes later Iron Lynx’s Ivan Domingues went ahead with a 1m53.845s lap.

Domingues stayed on top for 20 minutes, until the 43rd minute of the four-hour session when Antonelli and then Dunne found more pace. Dunne set a 1m53.325s, and 36 minutes later improved by 0.043 seconds to set the lap that would end up keeping him in first place on the timesheet until the chequered flag came out.

There were numerous red flag interruptions between Dunne rising into first place and then finishing the session, with the first caused by BVM Racing’s William Karlsson. PHM Racing’s Taylor Barnard also caused one, and BVM Racing’s Kim Hwarang caused another in the final half-hour.

Dunne’s team-mates moved into the top positions behind him late on, with Prema’s Rafael Camara rising to fifth and bumping Hadrien David down to sixth.

The Formula Regional racer had been second of the timesheet for a long time, and has been entered into this weekend’s Italian F4 round at Monza by R-ace GP alongside Raphael Narac and Frederik Lund.

There are 44 drivers on the entry list, but there will be no extra races as Monza’s grid capacity for F4 is 49 cars.

Narac has spent this year racing for Lamo Racing Car in Trophee Tourisme Endurance’s Formula Renault Cup in France, and has been on the podium in all but one of the races he has contested. He tested F4 machinery last year, and joined R-ace for last week’s in-season Monza test.

Also set to make their Italian F4 debut this weekend is Monlau Motorsport with rookies Niels Koolen and Jef Machiels.

Test result

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Alex Dunne US Racing 1m53.282s 51
2 Nikhil Bohra US Racing 1m53.312s +0.030s 53
3 Kacper Sztuka US Racing 1m53.378s +0.096s 52
4 Marcus Amand US Racing 1m53.453s +0.171s 57
5 Rafael Camara Prema 1m53.482s +0.200s 50
6 Hadrien David R-ace GP 1m53.489s +0.207s 56
7 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m53.622s +0.340s 49
8 James Wharton Prema 1m53.658s +0.376s 51
9 Martinius Stenshorne Van Amersfoort Racing 1m53.738s +0.456s 58
10 Ivan Domingues Iron Lynx 1m53.784s +0.502s 54
11 Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing 1m53.833s +0.551s 54
12 Alex Partyshev Jenzer Motorsport 1m53.850s +0.568s 40
13 Zachary David US Racing 1m53.860s +0.578s 53
14 Valerio Rinicella AKM Motorsport 1m53.939s +0.657s 55
15 Valentin Kluss Jenzer Motorsport 1m54.945s +0.663s 43
16 Taylor Barnard PHM Racing 1m54.983s +0.701s 39
17 Pedro Perino US Racing 1m54.005s +0.723s 48
18 Charlie Wurz Prema 1m54.031s +0.749s 46
19 Ethan Ischer Jenzer Motorsport 1m54.099s +0.817s 43
20 Alfio Spina BVM Racing 1m54.163s +0.881s 50
21 Arvid Lindblad Van Amersfoort Racing 1m54.202s +0.920s 52
22 Jules Castro Van Amersfoort Racing 1m54.240s +0.958s 53
23 Niko Lacorte Iron Lynx 1m54.248s +0.966s 57
24 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m54.303s +1.021s 49
25 Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing 1m54.329s +1.047s 50
26 Emmo Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m54.385s +1.103s 54
27 Jonas Ried PHM Racing 1m54.401s +1.119s 57
28 Kim Hwarang BVM Racing 1m54.490s +1.208s 26
29 Maya Weug Iron Lynx 1m54.623s +1.341s 54
30 Andrea Frassineti Cars Racing 1m54.694s +1.412s 50
31 Georgios Markogiannis Cram Motorsport 1m54.744s +1.462s 60
32 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi Jenzer Motorsport 1m54.753s +1.471s 47
33 Victoria Blokhina PHM Racing 1m54.768s +1.486s 52
34 William Karlsson BVM Racing 1m54.898s +1.616s 39
35 Francisco Soldavini Maffi Racing 1m55.064s +1.782s 43
36 Raphael Narac R-ace GP 1m55.109s +1.827s 52
37 Frederik Lund R-ace GP 1m55.139s +1.857s 54
38 Ruiqi Liu AKM Motorsport 1m55.240s +1.958s 56
39 Elia Sperandio Maffi Racing 1m55.421s +2.139s 47
40 Niels Koolen Monlau Motorsport 1m55.720s +2.438s 46
41 Jef Machiels Monlau Motorsport 1m55.723s +2.441s 52
42 Rishab Jain BWR Motorsports 1m55.820s +2.538s 61
43 Laura Camps Torras Iron Lynx 1m56.313s +3.081s 57
44 Ismail Akhmed AKM Motorsport 1m56.432s +3.150s 55
45 Giovanni Maschio AS Motorsport 1m57.323s +4.041s 39