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Petecof beats Hauger in crazy all-weather Italian F4 encounter

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Elliot Wood

Gianluca Petecof took an unlikely victory in a chaotic third Italian Formula 4 race at the Hungaroring, which featured high winds, rain and red flags.

Lined up alongside poleman Dennis Hauger on the grid, Petecof misread grip levels and wheelspan down to 20th place. His error proved of no consequence though, as on the second lap Axel Gnos was pitched upside down and the race was red flagged.

When it restarted over 20 minutes later, it had rained and so the race was classified as wet. The frontrunners were on slick tyres though, and Petecof was able to reclaim his place on the front row.

Hauger made a strong getaway but then stalled, handing Petecof the lead. Niklas Krutten, Mikhael Belov and Roman Stanek all made their way past, but those places had been recovered by Turn 2 when Belov locked up heavily (a frequent occurrence), knocked Krutten off the track and ended Stanek’s race.

Although the rain had gone, there was low cloud and 40km/h winds facing the drivers and being the first into the unpredictable conditions made Petecof’s life hard up front.

Hauger hounded him every lap, and was brought right onto the leader’s gearbox when the safety car was required following Emilio Cipriani riding over the back of Andrea Rosso.

The top two pulled away immediately on the restart, and Hauger was still looming squarely in Petecof’s mirrors when a sudden storm hit the circuit with two laps to go. Both drivers nearly skated off at Turn 1 when they first encountered the rain, and despite the slippy conditions ran side-by-side throughout the final lap of the race.

Petecof just held on to victory, with Ido Cohen taking third after prevailing in a four-wide move on the safety car restart. Belov was the loser in this battle, locking up and losing several places. To add to his misery, he was then penalised for his lap one error.

Mucke Motorsport’s Joshua Duerksen and William Alatalo also ran side-by-side in the rain, with Durksen finishing ahead.

Krutten recovered to finish 10th, benefitting from a scary last corner crash on the final lap which left Paul Aron and Jesse Salmenautio stuck in the barriers for several minutes.

 

Race results (15 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Gianluca Petecof Prema 28m40.086s
2 Dennis Hauger Van Amersfoort Racing +0.260s
3 Ido Cohen Van Amersfoort Racing +2.587s
4 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport +3.144s
5 William Alatalo Mucke Motorsport +3.368s
6 Oliver Rasmussen Prema +5.973s
7 Jonny Edgar Jenzer Motorsport +6.140s
8 Umberto Laganella Bhaitech +6.667s
9 Alessandro Famularo Bhaitech +8.940s
10 Niklas Krutten Van Amersfoort Racing +9.273s
11 Giorgio Carrara Jenzer Motorsport +9.632s
12 Lucas Alecco Roy Van Amersfoort Racing +9.900s
13 Ivan Berets DRZ Benelli +10.371s
14 Gregoire Saucy R-ace GP +10.684s
15 Roee Meyuhas Cram Motorsport +11.010s
16 Emidio Pesce Jenzer Motorsport +15.614s
17 Filipe Ugran BVM Racing +15.820s
18 Mikhael Belov Bhaitech +16.980s
19 Nicola Marinangeli Bhaitech +19.992s
20 Daniel Vebster Cram Motorsport +20.815s
21 Sebastian Freymuth AS Motorsport +22.178s
22 Francesco Simonazzi Cram Motorsport +22.945s
23 Nico Gohler Mucke Motorsport +32.396s
24 Pietro Delli Guanti BVM Racing +40.388s
25 Jesse Salmenautio DRZ Benelli +1 lap
26 Paul Aron Prema +1 lap
27 Erwin Zanotti Mucke Motorsport +1 lap
28 Amna Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +1 lap
29 Lazslo Toth R-ace GP +1 lap
30 Fabio Venditti CramCorbetta RacingMotorsport +1 lap
Ret Andrea Rosso Antonelli Motorsport
Ret Emilio Cipriani Cram Motorsport
Ret Roman Stanek US Racing
DNS Axel Gnos Van Amersfoort Racing
Fastest lap: Hauger, 1m43.806s

Championship standings
1
?Petecof 155? ?2 Hauger 112? ?3?Durksen 68? ?4?Duerksen 56? ?5?Cohen 55? ?6?Aron 52? ?7?Rasmussen 52? ?8?Alatalo 44? ?9?Krutten 42? ?10?Stanek 38