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Tramnitz controls third Italian F4 race at Paul Ricard to build points lead

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Tim Tramnitz may not return to Italian Formula 4 this year, but he leaves the season opener as points leader and with two wins.

The US Racing driver started from pole and immediately streaked away into a lead of several seconds while Prema’s Sebastian Montoya tried valiantly to hold on to second place ahead of Luke Browning (US), Ollie Bearman (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Vlad Lomko (US). Bearman had started in second, but got passed through the opening corners.

Browning managed to make the pass at turn 11 on lap three of 14, and when Montoya tried coming back at him he instead ran off track and allowed Bearman through to.

Once in clean air, Browning started setting fastest laps and cut down the four-second lead Tramnitz had built in just three laps. Lomko and Iron Lynx’s Leonardo Fornaroli got past Montoya on the next lap, with Francesco Simonazzi and Hamda Al Qubaisi at the back of the train of cars fighting for what was now fourth.

Tramnitz’s lead had been trimmed by only a second when the safety car was called out on lap nine following a clash between Cram Motorsport team-mates Vittorio Catino and Nicolas Baptiste, and it brought Browning right onto the rear of Tramnitz for the two laps of green flag action left.

It was no issue for Tramnitz, who sprinted away as Bearman hassled Browning and as he passed him at turn 10 made the reigning British F4 champion get loose and fall to sixth, meaning Lomko completed the podium.

Al Qubaisi also dropped down the order on the final lap, while her Prema team-mate Kirill Smal retired on lap one after clumsily crashing into VAR’s Nikita Bedrin at the Mistral chicane.

Race results (14 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Tim Tramnitz US Racing 33m00.822s
2 Ollie Bearman Van Amersfoort Racing +1.668s
3 Vlad Lomko US Racing +2.315s
4 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx +2.603s
5 Sebastian Montoya Prema +2.711s
6 Luke Browning US Racing +4.357s
7 Joshua Duerksen Mucke Motorsport +4.839s
8 Joshua Dufek Van Amersfoort Racing +5.323s
9 Francesco Simonazzi Jenzer Motorsport +6.116s
10 Jonas Ried Mucke Motorsport +6.497s
11 Bence Valint Van Amersfoort Racing +6.959s
12 Santiago Ramos Jenzer Motorsport +8.328s
13 Victor Bernier R-ace GP +8.437s
14 Sami Meguetounif R-ace GP +10.595s
15 Maya Weug Iron Lynx +12.396s
16 Francesco Braschi Jenzer Motorsport +12.475s
17 Leonardo Bizzotto BVM Racing +12.477s
18 Cenyu Han Van Amersfoort Racing +12.497s
19 Kacper Sztuka AS Motorsport +12.907s
20 Eron Rexhepi BVM Racing +13.924s
21 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport +14.923s
22 Georgios Markogiannis Cram Motorsport +17.700s
23 Marcus Amand R-ace GP +19.081s
24 Suleiman Zanfari Cram Motorsport +19.315s
25 Pedro Perino DR Formula +19.448s
26 Nicolas Baptiste Cram Motorsport +19.999s
27 Lorenzo Patrese AKM Motorsport +21.249s
28 Jorge Garciarce Jenzer Motorsport +24.137s
29 Hamda Al Qubaisi Prema +1 lap
30 Pietro Armanni Iron Lynx +1 lap
31 Erick Zuniga Mucke Motorsport +1 lap
32 Samir Ben Jenzer Motorsport +1 lap
Ret Vittorio Catino Cram Motorsport
Ret Levente Revesz AKM Motorsport
Ret Nikita Bedrin Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Kirill Smal Prema
Fastest lap: Browning, 2m05.082s

Championship standings
1 Tramnitz 68   2 Smal 40   Bearman 39   4 Lomko 33   5 Browning 27   6 Montoya 22   7 Fornaroli 22   8 Duerksen 18   9 Bernier 12   10 Laursen 8