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Paul Aron wins Italian F4 race one at Mugello as title rivals collide

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: ACI Sport

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)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Paul Aron Prema 34m44.787s
2 Lorenzo Ferrari Antonelli Motorsport +0.494s
3 Jonny Edgar Jenzer Motorsport +2.577s
4 Oliver Rasmussen Prema +2.768s
5 Mikhael Belov Bhaitech +3.096s
6 Ido Cohen Van Amersfoort Racing +3.491s
7 Roman Stanek US Racing +4.085s
8 Alessandro Famularo Prema +4.215s
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
23 Gianluca Petecof Prema +12.246s
24 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport +3 laps
Ret Lucas Alecco Roy Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Filipe Ugran BVM Racing
Ret Nicola Marinangeli Bhaitech
Ret Umberto Laganella Bhaitech
Pole: Hauger, 1m46.824s? ? ? Fastest lap: Edgar, 1m48.656s

Championship standings
1 Hauger 255? ?2 Petecof 202? ?3 Aron 167? ?4 Belov 131? ?5 Cohen 101? ?6 Stanek 94? ?7 Duerksen 87? ?8 Edgar 86? ?9 Alatalo 84? ?10 Rasmussen 81