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Maisano keeps Stroll at bay to win race three at Magione

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: ACI Sport

Photo: ACI Sport

Italian F4 Trophy class leader Brandon Maisano kept his teammate Lance Stroll behind to take his third win of the season in race three at Magione.

The French driver managed to keep the lead from pole, with Stroll remaining in second. Following an early safety car brought out for the stranded car of Matteo Desideri, the Prema duo shortly began to pull away from the rest of the field and, early on, it became evident that the win would not escape the clutches of the Italian team.

Canadian Stroll kept within a second off Maisano for much of the distance and started to put pressure on his teammate in the second half of the race. Having taken more than half of a second out of the Frenchman in the second stint, Stroll tried to find a way past over the closing minutes, but Maisano presented no opportunities, holding on to first.

With Stroll completing a Prema 1-2 – the team’s second this weekend -, Euronova’s Leo Pulcini was best of the rest, completing the podium despite early-race pressure from Mattia Drudi and Andrea Russo.

The latter duo soon became pre-occupied with fighting each other for P4. Diegi driver Russo managed to overtake Drudi on the inside of a curve, but the Adria by Cram driver kept his cool and took the spot back less than ten minutes later. Despite further battling, they finished in that order, with Drudi leading Russo at the checkered flag.

SMP’s Ivan Matveev spent the final laps of the race putting pressure on race two winner Andrea Fontana for sixth, but ended up crashing into the Euronova racer on the last lap. Matveev wound up retiring in the gravel, while Fontana carried the car to sixth, with Alain Valente, Takashi Kasai, Bar Baruch and Edi Haxhiu rounding out the top ten.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam 24 laps in 29:41.180
2 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam +0.438
3 Leonardo Pulcini Euronova Racing +7.852
4 Mattia Drudi F&M Srl +9.780
5 Andrea Russo Diegi Motorsport +11.302
6 Andrea Fontana Euronova Racing +15.721
7 Alain Valente Jenzer Motorsport +16.033
8 Takashi Kasai Prema Powerteam +16.442
9 Bar Baruch Israel F4 by Torino +28.631
10 Edi Haxhiu Cram Motorsport +33.197
11 Giovanni Altoe F&M Srl +36.913
12 Zack Dante Malta Formula Racing +37.248
13 Joao Vieira Antonelli Motorsport +37.815
14 Lucas Mauron Jenzer Motorsport +39.225
15 Nico Rindlisbacher Jenzer Motorsport +46.360
16 Jonathan Giudice Antonelli Motorsport +49.950
17 Ivan Matveev SMP Racing by Euronova +1 lap
18 Ali Al Khalifa Jenzer Motorsport +1 lap
19 Mahaveer Raghunathan F&M Srl +1 lap
Not classified
Gustavo Bandeira DAV Racing +8 laps
Matteo Desideri Antonelli Motorsport +24 laps