US Racing’s Tim Tramnitz led from almost start to finish in the second Italian Formula 4 race of the season at Paul Ricard after poleman Ollie Bearman stalled.
Tramnitz was starting on the front row and raced straight into a lead he wouldn’t give up, while team-mate Luke Browning had hard work throughout the race defending second place.
First it was Prema’s Sebastian Montoya who pressured him, before his team-mate Kirill Smal came through and attacked several times either side of the numerous safety car periods that punctured the race.
Despite Bearman’s stall, two of Jenzer Motorsport’s drivers colliding at the Mistral chicane and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Bence Valint coming to a stop there was no call for the safety car on the opening lap, now on lap four when Eron Rexhepi spun and Cram Motorsport’s Georgios Markogiannis almost span into the Jenzer car being retrieved.
Prema’s Conrad Laursen and R-ace GP’s Victor Bernier then collided while fighting for sixth, and that was what eventually made race control summon the safety car. Bernier’s team-mate Sami Meguetounif then crashed with VAR’s Nikita Bedrin on the restart, just as Smal cleared Montoya, requiring the safety car to almost immediately return.
Grid 87Bearman 70Tramnitz 8Brown 6Montoy 7Smal 69Lomko 15Bedrin 20Laursen 72Fornar 55Bernie 10Duerk 84Simonaz 88AlQ 13Dufek 86Valint 56Megue 12Pare Ramos Weug Han Bizzotto Zuniga Sztuka braschi baptiste asrmanni zanfari wisnicki ried revers armand markogiannis garci perino r
There was more chaos in the closing laps, but no more safety cars, with Vittorio Catino being spun around, Suleiman Zanfari and Jorge Garciarce crashing out at the very last corner and Mucke Motorsport’s Joshua Duerksen nabbing fifth from US Racing’s Vlad Lomko while Bearman went on an incredible recovery from 20th place to seventh.
Race results (14 laps)
|1||Tim Tramnitz||US Racing||33m51.423s|
|2||Luke Browning||US Racing||+0.687s|
|5||Joshua Duerksen||Mucke Motorsport||+6.562s|
|6||Vlad Lomko||US Racing||+6.991s|
|7||Ollie Bearman||Van Amersfoort Racing||+8.155s|
|8||Leonardo Fornaroli||Iron Lynx||+8.783s|
|9||Francesco Simonazzi||Jenzer Motorsport||+8.845s|
|10||Lorenzo Patrese||AKM Motorsport||+11.340s|
|11||Piotr Wisnicki||Jenzer Motorsport||+15.268s|
|12||Santiago Ramos||Jenzer Motorsport||+17.815s|
|13||Kacper Sztuka||AS Motorsport||+18.066s|
|14||Marcus Amand||R-ace GP||+19.355s|
|15||Pietro Armanni||Iron Lynx||+19.950s|
|16||Erick Zuniga||Mucke Motorsport||+20.215s|
|17||Maya Weug||Iron Lynx||+20.486s|
|18||Nicolas Baptiste||Cram Motorsport||+21.320s|
|19||Georgios Markogiannis||Cram Motorsport||+21.519s|
|20||Levente Revesz||AKM Motorsport||+22.496s|
|21||Nikita Bedrin||Van Amersfoort Racing||+24.860s|
|22||Joshua Dufek||Van Amersfoort Racing||+24.905s|
|23||Pedro Perino||DR Formula||+26.361s|
|24||Leonardo Bizzotto||BVM Racing||+28.131s|
|25||Eron Rexhepi||BVM Racing||+28.220s|
|26||Jonas Ried||Mucke Motorsport||+31.186s|
|27||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Prema||+37.671s|
|Ret||Suleiman Zanfari||Cram Motorsport||+1 lap|
|Ret||Jorge Garciarce||Jenzer Motorsport||+1 lap|
|Ret||Vittorio Catino||Cram Motorsport|
|Ret||Cenyu Han||Van Amersfoort Racing|
|Ret||Sami Meguetounif||R-ace GP|
|Ret||Victor Bernier||R-ace GP|
|Ret||Samir Ben||Jenzer Motorsport|
|Ret||Bence Valint||Van Amersfoort Racing|
|Ret||Francesco Braschi||Jenzer Motorsport|
|Fastest lap: Smal, 2m05.100s