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Rosberg protege Taylor Barnard among karters in Italian F4 Mugello test

by Ida Wood

Photo: KSP Reportages

Ferrari junior Dino Beganovic set the pace on the opening day of Italian Formula 4’s in-season Mugello test, which featured several single-seater newcomers.

The most notable of these was Nico Rosberg’s British protege Taylor Barnard, who recently finished second in the FIA European Karting Championship behind Mercedes-Benz Formula 1 junior Andrea Kimi Antonelli.

Bernard tested at Mugello for the AKM Motorsport team that is a tie-up between Antonelli Motorsport (owned by Andrea’s father Marco) and Dino Chiesa’s Kart Republic operation that runs Rosberg’s karting effort.

Also testing with AKM were Lorenzo Patrese – son of 1992 Formula 1 world championship runner-up Riccardo – and Lorenzo Fluxa, who is currently in his rookie season in cars over in Spanish F4 after racing with Kart Republic last season.

Cram Motorsport was running four cars at Mugello, with FIA Motorsport Games gold medalist Andrea Rosso topping the times for the team in the fourth session of the day and going third fastest overall behind Prema’s Beganovic and Gabriele Mini.

Rosso was joined by usual team-mate Mateusz Kaprzyk, future team-mate Vittorio Catino and Nicolas Baptiste.

Italian karter Catino signed with Cram at the start of the year and has been testing privately, but was unable to race until he turned 15 last week. Baptiste meanwhile is one of Colombia’s top karters and is competing against the likes of Barnard and Antonelli in senior European competitions this year.

Catino ended up being 25th fastest of the 26 drivers to test on Tuesday, with the order propped up by DR Formula’s Alan Czyz. The Polish youngster has graduated from karts into his home country’s Kia Platinum Cup for this year.

The fastest driver in the opening session of the test and fourth quickest overall was Lorenzo Colombo, testing for the Bhaitech team he races for in the Formula Renault Eurocup and finished third with in Italian F4 back in 2017.


Test day one results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m48.154s 68
2 Gabriele Mini Prema 1m48.226s +0.072s 61
3 Andrea Rosso Cram Motorsport 1m48.480s +0.326s 76
4 Lorenzo Colombo Bhaitech 1m48.628s +0.474s 54
5 Gabriel Bortoleto Prema 1m48.827s +0.673s 58
6 Sebastian Montoya Prema 1m48.846s +0.692s 69
7 Francesco Simonazzi BVM Racing 1m49.107s +0.953s 64
8 Pietro Delli Guanti BVM Racing 1m49.226s +1.072s 70
9 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx 1m49.502s +1.348s 56
10 Dexter Patterson Bhaitech 1m49.514s +1.360s 65
11 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.580s +1.428s 66
12 Sebastian Ogaard Bhaitech 1m49.642s +1.488s 65
13 Kacper Sztuka Iron Lynx 1m49.823s +1.669s 72
14 Zdenek Chovanec Bhaitech 1m49.879s +1.725s 57
15 Axel Gnos G4 Racing 1m49.960s +1.806s 66
16 Hamda Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing 1m50.093s +1.939s 65
17 Mateusz Kaprzyk Cram Motorsport 1m50.108s +1.954s 70
18 Lorenzo Fluxa AKM Motorsport 1m50.167s +2.013s 32
19 Taylor Barnard AKM Motorsport 1m50.294s +2.140s 71
20 Santiago Ramos Jenzer Motorsport 1m50.351s +2.197s 66
21 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport 1m50.668s +2.514s 58
22 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport 1m50.764s +2.610s 59
23 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport 1m50.774s +2.620s 74
24 Sebastian Freymuth AS Motorsport 1m50.833s +2.679s 61
25 Vittorio Catino Cram Motorsport 1m51.289s +3.135s 71
26 Alan Czyz DR Formula 1m52.392s +4.238s 66