Francesco Pizzi resisted pressure from Gabriele Mini to win the final Italian Formula 4 race of the weekend at Misano.
Reigning F4 United Arab Emirates champion Pizzi started second but snatched the race lead on the opening lap, leaving Mini to battle with his team-mate Dino Beganovic.
The two Prema drivers spent the opening laps battling with one another, allowing Van Amersfoort Racing’s Pizzi to break free and Jenzer Motorsport’s Filip Ugran to close onto the back of them.
Mini and Beganovic switched focus in the second half of the race, working together to close the gap to Pizzi again.
Mini was beginning to put pressure on the race leader in the final laps when an off for Bhaitech’s Sebastian Ogaard prompted a full course yellow period.
The race ended under yellow flags and, with no overtaking allowed, Pizzi claimed the victory as Mini and Beganovic completed the podium.
The main drama in the race occurred further back as Prema’s Sebastian Montoya battled race two winner Andrea Rosso for fifth.
Rosso defended well but Montoya was able to make a move down the inside of the Cram Motorsport driver. Rosso was left on the outside, allowing BVM Racing’s Pietro Delli Guanti to follow Montoya through. Delli Guanti tried to continue the push forward past Montoya, but couldn’t make a move stick.
Montoya was left leading a train of drivers in the fight for fifth, but defended well to match his best result of the weekend.
Bhaitech’s Jesse Salmenautio pipped Delli Guanti for sixth while Rosso dropped back to eighth with a suspected mechanical issue.
Iron Lynx debutant Leonardo Fornaroli and Sauber junior Dexter Patterson completed the top 10 after a race-long battle with Gabriel Bortoleto.
Race results (20 laps)
|1||Francesco Pizzi||Van Amersfoort Racing||34m35.953s|
|4||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||+1.437s|
|7||Pietro Delli Guanti||BVM Racing||+10.282s|
|8||Andrea Rosso||Cram Motorsport||+10.780s|
|9||Leonardo Fornaroli||Iron Lynx||+14.362s|
|12||Axel Gnos||G4 Racing||+28.742s|
|14||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing||+30.090s|
|15||Mateusz Kaprzyk||Cram Motorsport||+32.454s|
|16||Jasin Ferati||Jenzer Motorsport||+35.393s|
|17||Bence Valint||Mucke Motorsport||+37.238s|
|18||Cenyu Han||AKM Motorsport||+46.600s|
|19||Piotr Wisnicki||Jenzer Motorsport||+1m01.226s|
|20||Sebastian Freymuth||AS Motorsport||+1m02.022s|
|Ret||Francesco Simonazzi||DRZ Benelli|
|Fastest lap: Ugran, 1m34.917s