Gabriele Mini topped day two of the private Formula Regional European Championship test at Mugello, as British Formula 4 announced it will offer a test to its 2022 champion.
A launch event held at Bicester Heritage on Friday (November 26) which showcased the new Tatuus T-421 car that will be used in British F4 from next year. There were two invitational prizes announced at the event, with next year’s champion being offered the chance to take part in a FREC test for free and to attend a grand prix with the McLaren Formula 1 team.
There were two drivers from this year’s British F4 grid in action at Mugello, as title runner-up Matias Zagazeta was testing with Arden and Roman Bilinski was driving for ART Grand Prix.
His teat team-mate Mini started the day on top in cold conditions, setting a 1m59.078s to put himself eight tenths of a second clear of Tim Tramnitz in another of ART GP’s cars. Spanish F4 champions Dilano van’t Hoff (MP Motorsport) and Kas Haverkort (Van Amersfoort Racing) were the only other two drivers in a second of Mini’s pace.
Haverkort went over 14s faster to top the next morning session as the track conditions improved, with R-ace GP’s Hadrien David his closest rival in a more densely packed top end of the order. MP also added another car for Joshua Dufek.
The track got even grippier in the afternoon, with David knocking three seconds off Haverkort’s benchmark in session three of the day. DR Formula’s Santiago Ramos and Arden’s Joshua Duerksen were just over a tenth slower than him.
Mini returned to the top in the final session ahead of Haverkort and David. Ramos and Duerksen failed to improve in the final session and dropped to sixth and seventh overall for the day, behind Sami Meguetounif – driving for the incoming Trident team – and VAR’s Mari Boya.
G4 Racing’s Daniel Ligier missed the afternoon entirely and so ended up 14s off the pace.
|1||Gabriele Mini||ART Grand Prix||1m42.175s||63|
|2||Kas Haverkort||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m42.467s||+0.292s||62|
|3||Hadrien David||R-ace GP||1m42.586s||+0.411s||59|
|5||Mari Boya||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m42.695s||+0.520s||57|
|6||Santiago Ramos||DR Formula||1m42.738s||+0.563s||62|
|8||Dilano van’t Hoff||MP Motorsport||1m42.830s||+0.655s||71|
|10||Victor Bernier||G4 Racing||1m42.857s||+0.682s||67|
|11||Gabriel Bortoleto||R-ace GP||1m42.859s||+0.684s||59|
|12||Leonardo Fornaroli||FA Racing by MP||1m42.973s||+0.798s||64|
|13||Joshua Dufek||MP Motorsport||1m43.149s||+0.974s||56|
|15||Tim Tramnitz||ART Grand Prix||1m43.379s||+1.204s||68|
|16||Francesco Pizzi||FA Racing by MP||1m43.426s||+1.251s||67|
|17||Owen Tangavelou||G4 Racing||1m43.485s||+1.310s||63|
|18||Roman Bilinski||ART Grand Prix||1m43.529s||+1.354s||66|
|19||Lorenzo Fluxa||R-ace GP||1m43.606s||+1.431s||59|
|20||Laurens van Hoepen||ART Grand Prix||1m43.635s||+1.460s||68|
|21||Esteban Masson||R-ace GP||1m43.730s||+1.555s||59|
|22||Levente Revesz||Van Amersfoort Racing||1m43.829s||+1.654s||71|
|23||Axel Gnos||G4 Racing||1m43.963s||+1.788s||63|
|24||Nicolas Baptiste||FA Racing by MP||1m44.034s||+1.859s||64|
|27||Daniel Ligier||G4 Racing||1m56.912s||+14.737s||21|