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Lindblad dominates Misano race two to increase Italian F4 lead

by Peter Allen

Photo: ACI Sport

Arvid Lindblad scored a dominant win in the second race of the Italian Formula 4 round at Misano to add to his early championship lead.

Red Bull-backed Lindblad led a top-four lock-out for Prema’s quartet of Formula 1 junior drivers, with Ferrari’s James Wharton beating McLaren protege Ugo Ugochukwu to second place, and Tuukka Taponen completing the top four.

As Lindblad built his lead, Wharton caught Ugochukwu in the middle part of the race and eventually found a way past on the outside.

Their battle helped Lindblad to briefly extend his advantage to as much as four seconds, but a couple of slower laps combined with Wharton now being in clean air meant the gap quickly came down to 1.7 seconds.

Lindblad responded though, setting the fastest lap as he ultimately took the win by 3.555 seconds. After five races he now leads the championship by 41 points over Ugochukwu, who finished half a second ahead of Taponen.

Right behind the two rows of Prema cars at the start, Kacper Sztuka stalled in fifth position on the grid and was thankfully avoided by the rest of the field, while Brando Badoer was also a bit slow away from alongside him on the third row.

Badoer’s Van Amersfoort Racing team-mate Ivan Domingues came through from 10th on the grid to finish fifth in front of duelling US Racing drivers Zachary David and Akshay Bohra. Badoer finished eighth in front of Alfio Spina and Gianmarco Pradel.

Two of Prema’s other drivers – Rashid Al Dhaheri and Aurelia Nobels – missed the start, the former reporting a collision in pit-lane before the formation lap. Tina Hausmann also did not take the start due to a possible shoulder muscle injury following her dramatic roll in race one.

Race result (20 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Arvid Lindblad Prema
2 James Wharton Prema +3.555s
3 Ugo Ugochukwu Prema +4.436s
4 Tuukka Taponen Prema +4.963s
5 Ivan Domingues Van Amersfoort Racing +7.698s
6 Zachary David US Racing +8.151s
7 Akshay Bohra US Racing +8.639s
8 Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing +12.053s
9 Alfio Spina BVM Racing +15.027s
10 Gianmarco Pradel US Racing +15.479s
11 Niko Lacorte Prema +20.392s
12 James Egozi PHM Racing +21.199s
13 Ethan Ischer Jenzer Motorsport +21.626s
14 Ariel Elkin Jenzer Motorsport +22.332s
15 Ruiqi Liu US Racing +29.325s
16 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi PHM Racing +33.880s
17 Jack Beeton Van Amersfoort Racing +34.164s
18 Valentin Kluss PHM Racing +34.323s
19 Andrea Frassineti BVM Racing +35.751s
20 Kim Hwarang Jenzer Motorsport +36.585s
21 Viktoria Blokhina PHM Racing +37.088s
22 Manuel Quondamcarlo AS Motorport +37.409s
23 Guido Luchetti Airflow Racing +52.366s
24 Matteo Quintarelli R-ace GP +53.131s
25 Raphael Narac R-ace GP +1 lap
Ret Ismail Akhmed Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Frederik Lund AKM Motorsport
Ret Kacper Sztuka US Racing
Ret Matheus Ferreira Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Davide Larini AKM Motorsport
DNS Rashid Al Dhaheri Prema
DNS Aurelia Nobels Prema
DNS Tina Hausmann AKM Motorsport
Fastest lap: Lindblad, 1m34.958s

Championship standings
 Lindblad 104   2 Ugochukwu 63   3 Lacorte 56   4 Badoer 44   5 Wharton 43   6 Taponen 41   7 David 41   8 Spina 40   9 Sztuka 37   10 Domingues 37