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Montoya tops day one of Italian F4’s Monza test, Camara stars

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Prema’s Sebastian Montoya was fastest on day one of Italian Formula 4’s in-season Monza test.

He topped both Tuesday sessions, and his main opposition was usually Cram Motorsport’s Rafael Camara – the reigning WSK Super Master Series champion in OK karts.

Camara started the morning as fastest, then Montoya had 20 minutes on top before Camara went ahead with a 1m54.705s. They then didn’t improve until the session’s second half, after red flags when Jenzer Motorsport’s Samir Ben hit the barriers at the first Lesmo.

It was a Prema 2-3-4-5 at one point, with Andrea Kimi Antonelli, Conrad Laursen and Hamda Al Qubaisi behind Montoya.

Camara improved with 40 minutes to go, before another red flag period when BWR Motorsports’ sole car stopped at Parabolica. BWR kept the driver’s identity secret.

With 13 minutes to go Camara was shuffled to second by Tim Tramnitz, sharing his US Racing-run car with Vlad Lomko through the day. Montoya improved in third with 10 minutes left, then two laps later went fastest with a 1m54.201s, as Tramnitz solidified second place and Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli bettered Camara for third.

The four-hour afternoon session featured Pietro Armanni (Iron Lynx) and Joshua Dufek, testing with Mucke Motorsport as usual team Van Amersfoort Racing was absent, initially at the top. Regular team-mate Cenyu Han was with Cram for the same reason.

Camara established himself in first place 40 minutes in, after AKM Motorsport’s Lorenzo Patrese was briefly fastest.

Fornaroli was the next pacesetter, before red flags came after Mercedes-backed karter Kim Hwarang (Jenzer) stopped at Lesmo 2.

Camara improved several times on his next run, enough to keep him ahead through two hours and the next stoppage. Dufek became his closest rival on pace while most sat in the pits.

Montoya and Fornaroli again surpassed Camara in the final hour, with no response from the karter, and the fastest lap was set with 15 minutes to go. Camara ended up fourth, as Al Qubaisi bettered him towards the end.

Cram’s Nicolas Baptiste couldn’t improve on his morning laptime, and slowest were Girls on Track Rising Stars contenders Victoria Blokhina and Kinga Wojcik.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m53.765s 96
2 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx 1m53.871s +0.106s 93
3 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema 1m54.029s +0.264s 100
4 Rafael Camara Cram Motorsport 1m54.072s +0.307s 91
5 Joshua Dufek Mucke Motorsport 1m54.129s +0.364s 102
6 Kirill Smal Prema 1m54.194s +0.429s 96
7 Tim Tramnitz US Racing 1m54.229s +0.464s 53
8 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m54.256s +0.491s 100
9 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport 1m54.270s +0.505s 64
10 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m54.386s +0.621s 98
11 Pedro Perino US Racing 1m54.481s +0.716s 101
12 Maya Weug Iron Lynx 1m54.486s +0.721s 102
13 driver unknown BWR Motorsports 1m54.556s +0.791s 98
14 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport 1m54.596s +0.831s 85
15 Santiago Ramos Jenzer Motorsport 1m54.599s +0.834s 90
16 Cenyu Han Cram Motorsport 1m54.648s +0.883s 75
17 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport 1m54.663s +0.898s 92
18 Brando Badoer AKM Motorsport 1m54.693s +0.928s 98
19 Kacper Sztuka AS Motorsport 1m54.764s +0.999s 79
20 Maceo Capietto Prema 1m54.791s +1.026s 96
21 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport 1m54.856s +1.091s 122
22 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing 1m54.916s +1.151s 83
23 Pietro Armanni Iron Lynx 1m54.937s +1.172s 89
24 Jorge Garciarce Jenzer Motorsport 1m54.971s +1.206s 86
25 Marcos Flack Cram Motorsport 1m55.011s +1.246s 99
26 Vlad Lomko US Racing 1m55.117s +1.412s 63
27 Nikhil Bohra AKM Motorsport 1m55.228s +1.463s 99
28 Kim Hwarang Jenzer Motorsport 1m55.363s +1.598s 88
29 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport 1m55.417s +1.652s 66
30 Victoria Blokhina Mucke Motorsport 1m56.702s +2.937s 78
31 Kinga Wojcik AS Motorsport 1m58.780s +5.015s 81