Ferrari junior Gianluca Petecof survived contact with rookie Prema team-mate Paul Aron to win a wet first Italian Formula 4 race of the weekend at Misano.
Petecof and Aron split the honours during the two qualifying sessions on Saturday morning, with the former starting from the front in race one, which began behind the safety car due to the conditions.
Once racing began, Petecof was able to build a gap of nearly a second over Aron, but the European junior karting champion suddenly took half a second out of that lead around the half-way point.
With 10 minutes to go, Aron dived inside Petecof at Turn 8 and the pair made contact, with Aron sustaining damage to his front wing and running wide.
Petecof continued to lead while Aron rejoined in fourth behind the Van Amersfoort Racing duo of Dennis Hauger and Niklas Krutten, who tracked the Prema pair throughout the early stages.
Hauger then kept the pressure on Petecof until the end, with 0.943s separating them at the flag.
Krutten was a further second back in third, with Aron finishing a distant fourth with his damage.
Oliver Rasmussen lost a couple of places early on after starting fourth, but gained fifth before the end away from Prema team-mate Alessandro Famularo, who has coach Juan Pablo Montoya on hand this weekend.
Famularo also lost out to Mucke Motorsport’s William Alatalo before the end.
Ido Cohen, Mikhail Belov and Roee Meyuhas completed the top 10.
After starting 11th, Joshua Durksen had got himself into 10th position past Lucas Alecco Roy when he was hit into a spin by the VAR driver, who was passed by Meyuhas and then received a 10-second penalty.
Despite finishing 11th, Durksen remains second in the standings, with 40 points to Petecof’s 83.
Race results (17 laps)
|1||Gianluca Petecof||Prema Powerteam||32m51.313s|
|2||Dennis Hauger||Van Amersfoort Racing||+0.943s|
|3||Niklas Krutten||Van Amersfoort Racing||+1.998s|
|4||Paul Aron||Prema Powerteam||+5.173s|
|5||Oliver Rasmussen||Prema Powerteam||+7.794s|
|6||William Alatalo||Mucke Motorsport||+8.714s|
|7||Alessandro Famularo||Prema Powerteam||+15.697s|
|8||Ido Cohen||Van Amersfoort Racing||+18.933s|
|10||Roee Meyuhas||Cram Motorsport||+20.602s|
|11||Joshua Duerksen||Mucke Motorsport||+30.670s|
|13||Francesco Simonazzi||Cram Motorsport||+34.982s|
|14||Lucas Alecco Roy||Van Amersfoort Racing||+40.304s|
|15||Giorgio Carrara||Jenzer Motorsport||+44.666s|
|16||Filip Ugran||BVM Racing||+46.859s|
|17||Daniel Vebster||Cram Motorsport||+47.856s|
|18||Ivan Berets||DRZ Benelli||+50.775s|
|19||Jonny Edgar||Jenzer Motorsport||+52.288s|
|20||Jesse Salmenautio||DRZ Benelli||+52.429s|
|21||Emilio Cipriani||Cram Motorsport||+52.806s|
|23||Sebastian Freymuth||AS Motorsport||+1m02.478s|
|24||Axel Gnos||Jenzer Motorsport||+1m05.117s|
|25||Andrea Rosso||Antonelli Motorsport||+1m09.376s|
|26||Amna Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+1m10.318s|
|27||Emidio Pesce||Jenzer Motorsport||+1m25.195s|
|28||Pietro Delli Guanti||BVM Racing||+1m27.309s|
|29||Lorenzo Ferrari||Antonelli Motorsport||+1m28.365s|
|30||Erwin Zanotti||Mucke Motorsport||+6 laps|
|Fabio Venditti||Corbetta Competizioni||+9 laps|
|Fastest lap: Alatalo, 1m46.770s