Tim Tramnitz claimed victory in the final Italian Formula 4 race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring in a crazy wet encounter.
Pre-race rain meant the race started behind the safety car, and at the end of lap one all but 12 of the 31 cars pitted for grooved wet tyres. That promoted Ollie Bearman into the lead, and more of his opposition pitted before the green flags were first waved.
As soon as proper racing could get underway, Bearman came under attack from Van Amersfoort Racing team-mate Nikita Bedrin, and he managed to get past at turn four. He quickly created a gap, but then the next VAR car of Joshua Dufek also cleared Bearman and closed in on Bedrin.
Dufek had been one of the lap one stoppers and while initially mired in the midfield he was in second place by lap seven. Bearman, Kirill Smal and Joshua Duerksen ran behind, with Tramnitz having made his way up to seventh.
Bedrin and Dufek disputed the lead until Sebastian Montoya and Francesco Braschi spun out of the points, which led to the safety car coming back out. The 1.648-second margin Dufek had created was nullified, but on the restart he streaked away as Tramnitz moved into third after Smal and Bedrin battled.
Tramnitz passed Smal to move into second before the safety car was summoned again when Santiago Ramos beached himself in the gravel, and on the next restart Dufek didn’t have the advantage. Tramnitz was alongside him down the pit straight then spent the whole of the next lap running side-by-side until he finally claimed the lead.
After that, he pulled away for his second straight win. Smal completed the podium, holding off late pressure from Francesco Simonazzi whose BVM Racing team-mate Eron Rexhepi didn’t race due to leg swelling.
Leonardo Fornaroli fell from fifth to seventh on the final lap, meaning he only cut Bearman’s lead by six points. The non-stoppers – Levente Revesz, Bedrin, Bearman, Duerksen and Leonardo Bizzotto – finished 14th, 17th, 20th, 22nd and 26th.
Making gains on the final tour was Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior Andrea Kimi Antonelli, who ended his first weekend in car racing with a pass on Pedro Perino for ninth place.
Race results (15 laps)
|1||Tim Tramnitz||US Racing||31m48.820s|
|2||Joshua Dufek||Van Amersfoort Racing||+2.509s|
|4||Francesco Simonazzi||BVM Racing||+6.193s|
|5||Nicolas Baptiste||Cram Motorsport||+8.313s|
|6||Lorenzo Patrese||AKM Motorsport||+8.634s|
|7||Leonardo Fornaroli||Iron Lynx||+9.274s|
|9||Andrea Kimi Antonelli||Prema||+9.588s|
|10||Pedro Perino||US Racing||+10.263s|
|12||Georgios Markogiannis||Cram Motorsport||+11.241s|
|13||Cenyu Han||Van Amersfoort Racing||+12.644s|
|14||Levente Revesz||AKM Motorsport||+15.390s|
|15||Erick Zuniga||Mucke Motorsport||+15.899s|
|16||Maya Weug||Iron Lynx||+17.273s|
|17||Nikita Bedrin||Van Amersfoort Racing||+18.476s|
|18||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Prema||+18.591s|
|19||Kacper Sztuka||AS Motorsport||+18.687s|
|20||Ollie Bearman||Van Amersfoort Racing||+19.686s|
|21||Pietro Armanni||Iron Lynx||+20.164s|
|22||Joshua Duerksen||Mucke Motorsport||+24.648s|
|23||Piotr Wisnicki||Jenzer Motorsport||+25.169s|
|24||Jorge Garciarce||Jenzer Motorsport||+26.824s|
|25||Samir Ben||Jenzer Motorsport||+26.833s|
|26||Leonardo Bizzotto||BVM Racing||+28.522s|
|27||Bence Valint||Van Amersfoort Racing||+29.333s|
|Ret||Santiago Ramos||Jenzer Motorsport|
|Ret||Francesco Braschi||Jenzer Motorsport|
|Ret||Jonas Ried||Mucke Motorsport|
|DNS||Eron Rexhepi||BVM Racing|
|Fastest lap: Tramnitz, 1m43.034s
Championship standings 1 Bearman 262 2 Tramnitz 184 3 Fornaroli 157 4 Montoya 133 5 Smal 129 6 Dufek 105 7 Duerksen 74 8 Bedrin 69 9 Laursen 48 10 Vlad Lomko 37