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Lindblad takes second Misano Italian F4 victory

by Peter Allen

Photo: ACI Sport

Arvid Lindblad scored his second win of the weekend in the third and final Italian Formula 4 championship race at Misano.

The Red Bull junior was kept honest for much of the race by his McLaren-backed Prema team-mate Ugo Ugochukwu as well as US Racing driver Zachary David after the top three kept their positions at the start.

At half distance, Lindblad’s lead was just 0.6 seconds over Ugochukwu with David the same gap back in third after posting the fastest lap.

Lindblad was able to up his pace thereafter, however, setting a string of fastest laps himself on his way to taking victory by 2.731s.

His championship lead is now 48 points over Ugochukwu, who set a fastest lap of his own late on, only for David to go fastest of all on the very last lap as he broke the Prema stranglehold on the podium places this weekend.

James Wharton dropped back considerably from the top three in the first half of the race and was under pressure from Kacper Sztuka before going off track and falling to the rear of the field.

Sztuka ultimately took fourth comfortably ahead of Tuukka Taponen. Rashid Al Dhaheri and Ivan Domingues got ahead of Niko Lacorte to finish sixth and seventh respectively, with Alfio Spina and Akshay Bohra rounding out the top 10.

Brando Badoer stalled in fourth place on the grid at the start but quickly fought back towards the points, only to collide with Valentin Kluss over 10th place and have to retire to the pits with suspension damage.

Race result (20 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Arvid Lindblad Prema 31m56.478s
2 Ugo Ugochukwu Prema +2.731s
3 Zachary David US Racing +3.252s
4 Kacper Sztuka US Racing +6.554s
5 Tuukka Taponen Prema +11.095s
6 Rashid Al Dhaheri Prema +16.918s
7 Ivan Domingues Van Amersfoort Racing +22.600s
8 Niko Lacorte Prema +23.190s
9 Alfio Spina BVM Racing +24.183s
10 Akshay Bohra US Racing +25.741s
11 James Egozi PHM Racing +30.376s
12 Gianmarco Pradel US Racing +34.384s
13 Valentin Kluss PHM Racing +38.576s
14 Ruiqi Liu US Racing +39.020s
15 Matheus Ferreira Van Amersfoort Racing +39.254s
16 Davide Larini AKM Motorsport +41.215s
17 Ethan Ischer Jenzer Motorsport +42.025s
18 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi PHM Racing +45.313s
19 Raphael Narac R-ace GP +45.454s
20 Manuel Quondamcarlo AS Motorport +45.710s
21 Frederik Lund AKM Motorsport +50.303s
22 Kim Hwarang Jenzer Motorsport +54.778s
23 Ismail Akhmed Van Amersfoort Racing +55.123s
24 Matteo Quintarelli R-ace GP +55.166s
25 Guido Luchetti Airflow Racing +55.513s
26 Andrea Frassineti BVM Racing +56.627s
27 Viktoria Blokhina PHM Racing +1m11.871s
28 James Wharton Prema +1 lap
Ret Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Ariel Elkin Jenzer Motorsport
Ret Jack Beeton Van Amersfoort Racing
DNS Aurelia Nobels Prema
DNS Tina Hausmann AKM Motorsport
Fastest lap: David, 1m35.149s

Championship standings
 Lindblad 129   2 Ugochukwu 81   3 Lacorte 60   4 David 56   5 Taponen 51   6 Sztuka 49   7 Badoer 44   8 Wharton 43   9 Domingues 43    10 Spina 42