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Karting graduate Charlie Wurz tops Italian F4 testing at Vallelunga

by Ida Wood

Photo: Exprit Kart

Charlie Wurz, son of former Formula 1 driver and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Alex Wurz, was the fastest driver in Italian Formula 4’s in-season Vallelunga test this week.

The Austrian started this year karting but has switched his focus to a test programme with Prema in F4 that will have him present at all official Italian championship tests and may even include a race debut at the end of the year.

He was third fastest on day one of the Vallelunga test on Tuesday, and came in the same position in the Thursday morning session behind Mucke Motorsport’s Joshua Duerksen – who had topped both Tuesday sessions – and Sebastian Montoya.

While Duerksen set the pace by 0.157 seconds, little over a further two tenths covered second place down to 10th and included all five of Prema’s drivers.

Wurz led a Prema one-two in the afternoon over Montoya, and was fastest by 0.168s with his 1m33.744s lap. Duerksen was third, a further 0.047s back and with a 0.002s improvement over his morning benchmark.

Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli was the only other driver to lap in the 1m33s, and AKM Motorsport’s Lorenzo Patrese ahead of the closely matched Prema trio of Conrad Laursen, Hamda Al Qubaisi and Kirill Smal.

Nicolas Baptiste (Cram Motorsport) and Jonas Ried (Mucke) completed Wednesday’s top 10, with Kacper Sztuka (AS Motorsport) and Erick Zuniga (Mucke) being shuffled down to 11th and 12th after failing to go faster than their morning bests.

Slightly slower than them, and 0.540s off the pace, was Rafael Camara. The Brazilian only drove in the morning, and is currently in his second season of senior karting. His rival Brando Badoer also skipped on testing in the afternoon.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Charlie Wurz Prema 1m33.744s 98
2 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m33.912s +0.168s 103
3 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport 1m33.959s +0.215s 90
4 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx 1m33.971s +0.227s 104
5 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport 1m34.042s +0.298s 75
6 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m34.087s +0.343s 101
7 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema 1m34.161s +0.417s 102
8 Kirill Smal Prema 1m34.164s +0.420s 100
9 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport 1m34.186s +0.442s 113
10 Jonas Ried Mucke Motorsport 1m34.209s +0.465s 112
11 Kacper Sztuka AS Motorsport 1m34.257s +0.513s 78
12 Erick Zuniga Mucke Motorsport 1m34.265s +0.521s 101
13 Rafael Camara Cram Motorsport 1m34.284s +0.540s 43
14 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.293s +0.549s 75
15 Eron Rexhepi BVM Racing 1m34.312s +0.568s 95
16 Maya Weug Iron Lynx 1m34.317s +0.573s 105
17 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.452s +0.708s 101
18 Levente Revesz AKM Motorsport 1m34.595s +0.851s 86
19 Christian Ho AKM Motorsport 1m34.620s +0.876s 70
20 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing 1m34.660s +0.916s 94
21 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.737s +0.993s 94
22 Jorge Garciarce Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.771s +1.027s 122
23 Pietro Armanni Iron Lynx 1m34.913s +1.169s 99
24 Pedro Perino DR Formula 1m34.959s +1.215s 99
25 Brando Badoer AKM Motorsport 1m35.098s +1.354s 25