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Euroformula and Italian F4 teams start winter tests in Portugal and Italy

by Ida Wood

Euroformula and Italian Formula 4 teams began winter testing this week, with CryptoTower Racing Team visiting Estoril while the F4 teams were at Vallelunga.

CryptoTower, a Japanese-branded spin-off of Motopark, is running GB3 racer Frederick Lubin, ADAC F4 race-winner Vlad Lomko and Formula Regional Europe-experienced Oliver Goethe in a three-day test which began on Wednesday.

Lubin has previously tested the Dallara 320 car at Silverstone with Carlin, and is evaluating a move into the series for 2022 when Estoril will return to the calendar as the season opener after a recent change to the schedule.

Over in Italy, Irishman Alex Dunne comfortably set the pace on the first of two days of action at Vallelunga.

In the morning he went fastest with a 1m46.856s lap, with new Ferrari junior Rafael Camara the next best driver on a 1m47.664s and narrowly faster than BWR Motorsports’ driver, believed to have been Alfio Spina.

Laptimes improved significantly in the afternoon, with Dunne bringing the pace down to 1m42.927s, with Camara slightly closer this time but still 0.725 seconds slower.

Sohil Shah, who raced in F4 South East Asia in 2019, was third fastest but over a second off Dunne’s pace. Marcus Amand ended up in fourth place. He had set the pace in the morning prior to Dunne getting to the top of the times, while Camara had also briefly usurped Dunne before his final run. In the afternoon however, Dunne was on top throughout.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Alex Dunne US Racing 1m42.927s 50
2 Rafael Camara Prema 1m43.652s +0.725s 63
3 Sohil Shah Iron Lynx 1m44.111s +1.184s 61
4 Marcus Amand US Racing 1m44.187s +1.260s 56
5 Alfio Spina BWR Motorsports 1m44.630s +1.703s 52
6 Ivan Domingues Iron Lynx 1m44.878s +1.951s 49
7 Nikhil Bohra R-ace GP 1m45.126s +2.199s 54
8 Frederick Lund AKM Motorsport 1m45.339s +2.412s 60
9 Nicola Abrusci AKM Motorsport 1m45.663s +2.736s 58
10 Martinius Stenshorne Van Amersfoort Racing 1m45.686s +2.759s 69
11 Yash Aradhya Iron Lynx 1m45.778s +2.851s 64
12 Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing 1m46.297s +3.370s 66
13 Victoria Blokhina Cram Motorsport 1m46.487s +3.560s 66
14 Eron Rexhepi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m47.747s +4.820s 72