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Mini denies Duerksen a second Red Bull Ring win in Italian F4

by Elliot Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Gabriele Mini held off Joshua Duerksen to win the final Italian Formula 4 race at the Red Bull Ring and extend his series lead.

Duerksen ran in fifth place in the early laps, picking off US Racing’s Ollie Bearman for fourth on lap four, and then passing Jonny Edgar for third on lap six. Edgar’s Van Amersfoort Racing team-mate Jak Crawford was disposed of before half-distance, and Duerksen then set about chasing down Mini.

It took a few laps to get onto Mini’s rear, and Duerksen had the advantage most times as they scaled the hill to Turn 3. Mini always held onto the position though, regardless of which side Duerksen tried overtaking on, and after 21 laps they finished 0.323 seconds apart.

Crawford didn’t lose time to them and finished third, ahead of Edgar and Bearman – who had to repass VAR’s Francesco Pizzi to take the position after losing spots early on.

After some early rising and falling down the order, BVM Racing’s Pietro Delli Guanti settled into seventh place until he was punted around by Bhaitech’s Jesse Salmenautio at Turn 3 with five laps to go. That promoted Prema’s Sebastian Montoya and Dino Beganovic to seventh and eighth – the latter another who faded after being higher up the order early on – and Jenzer Motorsport’s Francesco Simonazzi to ninth.

Iron Lynx driver Leonardo Fornaroli secured the final point after battling first with the Prema pair and then with Axel Gnos and Josef Knopp, while Gabriel Bortoleto recovered to 13th after being spun by team-mate Montoya on the opening lap.

On the penultimate lap there was another clash, as Bhaitech’s Zdenek Chovanec drove into Jenzer’s Piotr Wisnicki at Turn 4. This mixed up the order towards the back, with Sauber and Nico Rosberg karting graduates Dexter Patterson (Bhaitech) and Cenyu Han (VAR) jumping up to 16th and 17th.

 

Race results (21 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Gabriele Mini Prema 32m21.734s
2 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport +0.323s
3 Jak Crawford Van Amersfoort Racing +0.980s
4 Jonny Edgar Van Amersfoort Racing +3.729s
5 Ollie Bearman US Racing +9.949s
6 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing +10.679s
7 Sebastian Montoya Prema +14.456s
8 Dino Beganovic Prema +15.448s
9 Francesco Simonazzi Jenzer Motorsport +21.721s
10 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx +22.163s
11 Axel Gnos G4 Racing +22.533s
12 Josef Knopp Mucke Motorsport +22.860s
13 Gabriel Bortoleto Prema +24.611s
14 Sebastian Ogaard Bhaitech +25.303s
15 Jasin Ferati Jenzer Motorsport +32.789s
16 Dexter Patterson Bhaitech +33.154s
17 Cenyu Han Van Amersfoort Racing +33.565s
18 Andrea Rosso Cram Motorsport +34.243s
19 Giorgis Markogiannis Cram Motorsport +37.266s
20 Mateusz Kaprzyk Cram Motorsport +40.248s
21 Victor Bernier R-ace GP +41.636s
22 Bence Valint Van Amersfoort Racing +44.131s
Ret Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport
Ret Zdenek Chovanec Bhaitech
Ret Pietro Delli Guanti BVM Racing
Ret Jesse Salmenautio Bhaitech
Ret Sebastian Freymuth AS Motorsport
Ret Hamda Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing
DNS Kirill Smal R-ace GP
DNS Vlad Lomko US Racing
Fastest lap: Duerksen, 1m31.304s

Championship Standings
1 Mini 141   2 Pizzi 105   3 Edgar 97   4 Crawford 85   5 Rosso 79   6 Filip Ugran 78   7 Beganovic 63   8 Duerksen 43   9 Bearman 38   10 Delli Guanti 38