Paul Aron took a dominant victory in the first Italian Formula 4 race at Mugello as title rivals Dennis Hauger and Gianluca Petecof clashed while battling for the lead.
Poleman Hauger was able to build up a small gap in the first half of the race while Petecof took second from Prema team-mate Aron off the line.
The trio ran in formation for a number of laps before the safety car was brought out when Filip Ugran was left stranded in the gravel after clipping the front wing of Lucas Alecco Roy.
On the restart, Petecof pulled alongside Hauger twice, and on the second occasion he slid into the side of the leader, forcing both wide and Hauger into a spin.
Petecof rejoined in third, behind Antonelli Motorsport’s Lorenzo Ferrari, but Hauger dropped down the order and out of the points.
The incident left Aron free at the front of the field. He gradually extended the gap to Ferrari, before another safety car in the final three minutes of the race bunched the field up again.
Mucke Motorsport’s Joshua Durksen had been running fourth, close behind the battling Petecof and Red Bull junior Jonny Edgar, when he fell into the gravel and was unable to get going again.
The race was not restarted and Aron followed the safety car to his second victory of the season. Ferrari, whose previous best finish was ninth, beat Petecof to second.
Petecof was then handed a 10-second penalty for contact with Hauger, dropping him to 23rd place. Jenzer Motorsport’s Edgar was promoted onto the podium, producing the first all-rookie podium of the season.
Prema’s Oliver Rasmussen held onto fourth, ahead of Bhaitech’s Mikhael Belov and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Ido Cohen.
Roman Stanek (US Racing), Alessandro Famularo (Prema), and William Alatalo (Mucke) completed the top 10 on-track. Axel Gnos was promoted into the points paying positions following Petecof?s penalty, just ahead of Hauger.
Race results (16 laps)
|2||Lorenzo Ferrari||Antonelli Motorsport||+0.494s|
|3||Jonny Edgar||Jenzer Motorsport||+2.577s|
|6||Ido Cohen||Van Amersfoort Racing||+3.491s|
|7||Roman Stanek||US Racing||+4.085s|
|9||William Alatalo||Mucke Motorsport||+5.010s|
|10||Axel Gnos||Jenzer Motorsport||+5.112s|
|11||Dennis Hauger||Van Amersfoort Racing||+5.231s|
|12||Jesse Salmenautio||DRZ Benelli||+5.493s|
|13||Amna Al Qubaisi||Prema||+5.864s|
|14||Daniel Vebster||Cram Motorsport||+7.648s|
|15||Marzio Moretti||BVM Racing||+7.877s|
|16||Roee Meyuhas||Cram Motorsport||+8.361s|
|17||Emidio Pesce||Jenzer Motorsport||+8.458s|
|18||Emilio Cipriani||Cram Motorsport||+9.509s|
|19||Sebastian Freymuth||AS Motorsport||+9.815s|
|20||Santiago Ramos||DR Formula||+10.559s|
|21||Erwin Zanotti||Mucke Motorsport||+10.739s|
|22||Ivan Berets||BRZ Benelli||+11.050s|
|24||Joshua Duerksen||Mucke Motorsport||+3 laps|
|Ret||Lucas Alecco Roy||Van Amersfoort Racing|
|Ret||Filipe Ugran||BVM Racing|
|Pole: Hauger, 1m46.824s? ? ? Fastest lap: Edgar, 1m48.656s