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Rinicella fastest on day two of F4 UAE’s Kuwait test

by Ida Wood

Photo: F4 UAE

MP Motorsport’s Valerio Rinicella was fastest on the second day of Formula 4 United Arab Emirates’ pre-season test at Kuwait Motor Town.

Rinicella topped the first session of the day, leading the way by half a second over R-ace GP’s day one pacesetter Zachary David.

The only other drivers within a second of Rinicella were Jesse Carrasquedo Jr (R-ace), James Wharton (Mumbai Falcons) and Federico Rifai (Xcel Motorsport).

In total there were nine drivers who sat at the top of the timesheet through the session, with Yas Heat Academy’s Keanu Al Azhari the early benchmark.

Pinnacle VAR’s Kai Daryanani was the first driver into the 1m58s, then Wharton was first into the 1m57s.

He took over at the top from team-mate Tuukka Taponen, who later returned to first place and brought the pace down into the 1m56s. Wharton was already lapping in the 1m55s just a minute later, but the improvements after that were marginal as Rinicella and David came to the fore.

David set a 1m54.843s with 10 minutes remaining and looked to have secured top spot, but two minutes later Rinicella set a 1m54.311s to end the session comfortably on top.

Nobody could quite match Rinicella’s benchmark in session two, with Wharton getting closest. He topped the session with a 1m54.482s, 0.171s slower than what Rinicella had set earlier in the day.

Hitech GP’s Kanato Le was one of the early pacesetters, but Rinicella was already on top after 15 minutes with a 1m55.058s lap. At that point none of the Mumbai Falcons, Prema or R-ace GP cars had even left the pits.

Once they did head out on track they immediately challenged Rinicella, with Wharton moving into second place. He remained there until late on when he set his session-toppping time.

Al Azhari was second fastest, 0.063s behind, then Rinicella, Hitech’s Arvid Lindblad and Prema’s Ugo Ugochukwu completed the session’s top five.

Lapping slower than they did in session one were Rinicella, David, Carrasquedo, Taponen, Lena Buhler, Noah Lisle, Raphael Narac and George Zhuravskiy.

R-ace driver Narac missed the season opener, and along with Pinnacle VAR’s Hiyu Yamakoshi is making his series debut in Kuwait this weekend.

Test day one results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport 1m54.311s 29
2 James Wharton Mumbai Falcons 1m54.482s +0.171s 32
3 Keanu Al Azhari Yas Heat 1m54.545s +0.234s 45
4 Zachary David R-ace GP 1m54.843s +0.532s 28
5 Jesse Carrasquedo Jr R-ace GP 1m54.961s +0.650s 26
6 Arvid Lindblad Hitech GP 1m55.085s +0.774s 36
7 Ugo Ugochukwu Prema 1m55.088s +0.777s 33
8 Theophile Nael Sainteloc Racing 1m55.097s +0.786s 36
9 Noah Stromsted PHM Racing 1m55.139s +0.828s 34
10 William Macintyre Hitech GP 1m55.162s +0.851s 33
11 Federico Rifai Xcel Motorsport 1m55.227s +0.916s 41
12 Alexander Abkhazava R-ace GP 1m55.234s +0.923s 39
13 Dion Gowda Carlin 1m55.271s +0.960s 42
14 Kanato Le Hitech GP 1m55.319s +1.008s 33
15 Valentin Kluss PHM Racing 1m55.336s +1.025s 33
16 Akshay Bohra PHM Racing 1m55.340s +1.029s 36
17 Alexander Bolduev Xcel Motorsport 1m55.342s +1.031s 34
18 James Piszcyk Hitech GP 1m55.351s +1.040s 33
19 Hiyu Yamakoshi Pinnacle VAR 1m55.358s +1.047s 41
20 Tuukka Taponen Mumbai Falcons 1m55.379s +1.068s 34
21 Muhammad Ibrahim Mumbai Falcons 1m55.454s +1.143s 36
22 Lena Buhler R2Race 1m55.468s +1.157s 38
23 Noah Lisle Xcel Motorsport 1m55.604s +1.293s 40
24 Niko Lacorte Prema 1m55.688s +1.377s 35
25 Hamda Al Qubaisi Yas Heat 1m55.812s +1.501s 45
26 Kai Daryanani Pinnacle VAR 1m55.846s +1.535s 39
27 Jakob Bergmeister PHM Racing 1m55.921s +1.610s 35
28 Raphael Narac R-ace GP 1m56.011s +1.700s 36
29 Theodor Jensen Sainteloc Racing 1m56.269s +1.958s 37
30 Sebastian Murray Cram-Hitech GP 1m56.358s +2.047s 33
31 Flavio Olivieri Cram-Hitech GP 1m56.443s +2.132s 36
32 Emely de Heus MP Motorsport 1m56.536s +2.225s 40
33 Matteo Quintarelli Yas Heat 1m56.541s +2.230s 40
34 Jack Beeton Pinnacle VAR 1m56.554s +2.243s 39
35 Victoria Blokhina R2Race 1m56.816s +2.505s 39
36 Bianca Bustamante Prema 1m56.858s +2.547s 36
37 Luciano Morano Sainteloc Racing 1m56.888s +2.577s 43
38 George Zhuravskiy Xcel Motorsport 1m56.939s +2.628s 39