Leonardo Fornaroli won the first Italian Formula 4 race of the weekend at Misano, while Prema’s Hamda Al Qubaisi took a historic podium.
Carrying over a penalty from the previous round at Paul Ricard, top qualifier Kirill Smal lost pole to Iron Lynx driver Fornaroli, with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Ollie Bearman also being promoted to the front row.
Fornaroli made a good start, while second and third-placed starters Sebastian Montoya and Smal made terrible getaways.
Bearman was the aggressor on Fornaroli, keeping within a second of the leader for much of the 30-minute race. Fornaroli locked up a number of times but was able to keep in front.
He dropped back further on, allowing Fornaroli to secure his first victory in Italian F4, and his first podium of the season.
Al Qubaisi rounded out the podium, the first woman to do so in Italian F4, after sustaining race-long pressure from VAR’s Nikita Bedrin and later Mucke Motorsport’s Jonas Ried.
Ried overtook Bedrin late on to take fourth, while Prema’s Montoya recovered to sixth after dropping to 13th. The Colombian pulled a fine double move on R-ace GP duo Victor Bernier and Sami Meguetounif.
Smal was right behind Montoya for much of the race, until he came up to pass VAR’s Benice Valint when they were battling over seventh with just a few laps to go. The two made contact late in the race, taking the latter out and dropping Smal down the order.
Despite the car being in a slightly precarious position, the race was continued without a safety car until the end.
Bernier, Meguetounif, Smal and Leonardo Bizzotto provisionally round out the top 10.
|1||Leonardo Fornaroli||Iron Lynx||20 laps|
|2||Ollie Bearman||Van Amersfoort Racing||+1.795s|
|3||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Prema||+9.045s|
|4||Jonas Ried||Mucke Motorsport||+9.506s|
|5||Nikita Bedrin||Van Amersfoort Racing||+10.426s|
|7||Victor Bernier||R-ace GP||+17.864s|
|8||Sami Meguetounif||R-ace GP||+18.807s|
|10||Leonardo Bizzotto||BVM Racing||+24.638s|
|11||Lorenzo Patrese||AKM Motorsport||+24.957s|
|12||Samir Ben||Jenzer Motorsport||+25.274s|
|13||Maya Weug||Iron Lynx||+25.646s|
|14||Cenyu Han||Van Amersfoort Racing||+26.546s|
|15||Piotr Wisnicki||Jenzer Motorsport||+29.790s|
|16||Joshua Duerksen||Mucke Motorsport||+29.873s|
|17||Erick Zuniga||Mucke Motorsport||+30.148s|
|18||Francesco Braschi||Jenzer Motorsport||+30.572s|
|19||Conrad Laursen||Van Amersfoort Racing||+31.200s|
|20||Nicolas Baptiste||Cram Motorsport||+32.893s|
|21||Levente Revesz||AKM Motorsport||+33.438s|
|22||Marcus Amand||R-ace GP||+34.254s|
|23||Kacper Sztuka||AS Motorsport||+36.298s|
|24||Eron Rexhepi||BVM Racing||+36.992s|
|25||Jorge Garciarce||Jenzer Motorsport||+37.861s|
|26||Pietro Armanni||Iron Lynx||+44.874s|
|27||Pedro Perino||DR Formula||+47.463s|
|Ret||Joshua Dufek||Van Amersfoort Racing|
|Ret||Bence Valint||Van Amersfoort Racing|
|Fastest lap: Ried, 1m34.452s