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Slater tops Italian F4 testing at Vallelunga

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Prema’s Freddie Slater comfortably set the pace in Italian Formula 4 testing at Vallelunga.

The 35-car field was split into two groups, and US Racing’s Gianmarco Pradel topped Group A’s opening session. A 1m34.660s put him 0.136 seconds ahead of AKM Motorsport’s Emanuele Olivieri, 0.139s up on US team-mate Jack Beeton, 0.153s clear of Van Amersfoort Racing’s Gustav Jonsson and 0.191s ahead of VAR’s Imola star Hiyu Yamakoshi. The top 14 were covered by 0.922s.

Group B featured Prema’s drivers, and Slater set the test’s fastest lap in their first session. His 1m33.986s was a step above everyone else’s pace. Team-mate Tomass Stolcermanis was 0.692s behind in second, meaning he was slower than Pradel, and there was 0.093s between second and sixth.

Yamakoshi improved to 1m34.694s to top Group A’s second session by just 0.018s over US’s Matheus Ferreira, with Akshay Bohra and team-mate Pradel just over 0.2s behind. Session three had the same fastest lap, this time set by Beeton, and Ferreira was again second fastest.

Prema filled the top four places when Group B returned to track, but laptimes were slower than before. Slater set a 1m34.208s to lead Alex Powell by 0.284s, Stolcermanis was 0.334s back in third and Rashid Al Dhaheri was fourth. The gap at the top grew in session three, a 1m34.091s from Slater putting him 0.596s ahead of Stolcermanis.

Half of Group A improved in their final Wednesday session, and Yamakoshi led a VAR top five lockout. He set a 1m34.636s to be fastest by 0.081s over Jonsson, with Lin Hodenius 0.087s off the top.

Powell topped Group B’s fourth session, and his 1m34.307s was a lap he would be unable to improve upon the next day. Stolcermanis was 0.152s behind in second, and PHM Racing’s Davide Larini was third. Slater was absent, and continued to be through Thursday.

Group B went out first on day two of testing, and Stolcermanis improved to 1m34.330s to top session five by 0.014s over PHM’s Maximilian Popov and 0.034s over Powell. That put Stolcermanis and Popov fourth and fifth in the test’s combined classification after Ferreira topped Group A’s fifth session with a 1m34.293s to go second fastest overall.

Pradel and Beeton trailed him by 0.139s and 0.148s in that session, with 0.907s covering the top 16.

Luka Sammalisto put R-ace GP on top of Group B in session six, setting a 1m34.657s to edge Stolcermanis by 0.062s and Jenzer Motorsport’s Enea Frey by 0.081s. Six drivers were within 0.2s of him.

Ferreira was fastest again in Group A, a 1m34.571s putting him 0.029s ahead of Beeton.

Laptimes were slower for Group B in the remaining sessions. Powell led Stolcermanis and Popov by 0.031s and 0.17s respectively in session seven, then was 0.157s clear of Stolcermanis in session eight.

Gains were made in Group A, with Yamakoshi setting a 1m34.230s to move past Ferreira into second place overall. He was fastest in session seven by 0.423s over team-mate Alvise Rodella, another improver, then by 0.236s over Jonsson in session eight.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Freddie Slater Prema 1m33.986s 63
2 Hiyu Yamakoshi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m34.230s +0.244s 170
3 Matheus Ferreira US Racing 1m34.293s +0.307s 173
4 Alex Powell Prema 1m34.307s +0.321s 155
5 Tomass Stolcermanis Prema 1m34.330s +0.344s 157
6 Maximilian Popov PHM Racing 1m34.344s +0.358s 178
7 Alexander Savinkov AKM Motorsport 1m34.376s +0.390s 171
8 Gianmarco Pradel US Racing 1m34.432s +0.446s 175
9 Jack Beeton US Racing 1m34.441s +0.455s 177
10 Enea Frey Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.455s +0.469s 153
11 Dion Gowda Prema 1m34.493s +0.507s 137
12 Enzo Yeh R-ace GP 1m34.520s +0.534s 160
13 Rashid Al Dhaheri Prema 1m34.552s +0.566s 156
14 Reno Francot Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.603s +0.617s 155
15 Davide Larini PHM Racing 1m34.622s +0.636s 167
16 Luka Sammalisto R-ace GP 1m34.647s +0.661s 184
17 Alvise Rodella Van Amersfoort Racing 1m34.653s +0.667s 167
18 Gustav Jonsson Van Amersfoort Racing 1m34.712s +0.726s 162
19 Lin Hodenius Van Amersfoort Racing 1m34.733s +0.747s 172
20 Akshay Bohra US Racing 1m34.753s +0.767s 174
21 Andrej Petrovic PHM Racing 1m34.771s +0.785s 187
22 Emanuele Olivieri AKM Motorsport 1m34.796s +0.810s 144
23 #250 AKM Motorsport 1m34.801s +0.815s 170
24 Andrija Kostic Van Amersfoort Racing 1m34.811s +0.825s 156
25 #30 AKM Motorsport 1m34.815s +0.829s 137
26 #57 AKM Motorsport 1m34.831s +0.845s 133
27 #28 CL Motorsport 1m34.898s +0.912s 196
28 Kabir Anurag US Racing 1m34.905s +0.919s 197
29 Maxim Rehm US Racing 1m34.942s +0.956s 186
30 Edu Robinson AS Motorsport 1m35.092s +1.106s 185
31 Kamal Mrad PHM Racing 1m35.133s +1.147s 184
32 #85 Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.178s +1.192s 138
33 Andrei Duna Real Racing Team 1m35.458s +1.472s 173
34 Everett Stack PHM Racing 1m35.628s +1.642s 192
35 Filippo Fiorentino Cram Motorsport 1m35.794s +1.808s 160