Dennis Hauger moved into the Italian Formula 4 lead with victory in the opening race at Imola, after title rival Guanluca Petecof retired.
Hauger and fellow Red Bull junior Johnny Edger spent most of the race close behind poleman and Sauber junior Roman Stanek.
For the first 25 minutes of the race, Stanek did not put a wheel wrong and maintained a small gap to Hauger. But at the start of lap 14, Stanek ran wide, allowing both Red Bull juniors through.
Stanek tried to continue, but had suffered suspension damage and retired.
Edger and Mikhael Belov stayed close behind Hauger, but could not find a way through, meaning Hauger took his fifth win of the season.
Meanwhile, title rival Petecof faced a difficult race after starting sixth. He battled with team-mate Paul Aron early on, and at one point ran three-wide with Ido Cohen at Tamburello, with Aron managing to maintain position.
Petecof was straight back on the attack and the pair made slight contact. The championship leader then ran wide, picking up a puncture, and was forced to pit.
Aron was able to continue without any significant damage, and spent the remainder of the race closing in on the lead battle.?Cohen and William Alatalo finished fourth and fifth behind him.
Ivan Berets and Francesco Simonazzi finished seventh and eighth – Simonazzi?s best result of the season – ahead of Andrea Rosso.
Rosso found himself under investigation after contact with Alessandro Famularo in the first half of the race. The pair were battling for position when they made contact and Famularo was sent nose first into the pit wall at the start of the pit straight.
He retired, and while Rosso continued, his team boss was called to the stewards office. Sebastian Estner was last of the points scorers.
Race results (18 laps)
|1||Dennis Hauger||Van Amersfoort Racing||32m06.458s|
|2||Jonny Edgar||Jenzer Motorsport||+0.279s|
|5||Ido Cohen||Van Amersfoort Racing||+8.354s|
|6||William Alatalo||Mucke Motorsport||+8.877s|
|7||Ivan Berets||DRZ Benelli||+9.997s|
|8||Francesco Simonazzi||Cram Motorsport||+16.755s|
|9||Andrea Rosso||Antonelli Motorsport||+17.499s|
|10||Sebastian Estner||Van Amersfoort Racing||+26.101s|
|11||Lucas Alecco Roy||Van Amersfoort Racing||+26.683s|
|12||Daniel Vebster||Cram Motorsport||+27.558s|
|13||Joshua Duerksen||Mucke Motorsport||+31.535s|
|14||Filipe Ugran||BVM Racing||+32.012s|
|15||Jesse Salmenautio||DRZ Benelli||+33.061s|
|17||Roee Meyuhas||Cram Motorsport||+35.515s|
|18||Lorenzo Ferrari||Antonelli Motorsport||+35.982s|
|19||Amna Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+38.850s|
|20||Emidio Pesce||Jenzer Motorsport||+49.535s|
|21||Erwin Zanotti||Mucke Motorsport||+49.846s|
|22||Axel Gnos||Jenzer Motorsport||+51.988s|
|23||Sebastian Freymuth||AS Motorsport||+54.029s|
|24||Emilio Cipriani||Cram Motorsport||+1m02.836s|
|25||Roman Stanek||US Racing||+5 laps|
|Ret||Santiago Ramos||DR Formula by RP Motorsport|
|Pole: Stanek, 1m45.621s? ? ? Fastest lap: Edgar, 1m46.191s