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Ugran resists Red Bull juniors to win Italian F4 opener at Imola

by Josh Suttill

Filip Ugran resisted pressure from Red Bull juniors Jonny Edgar and Jak Crawford to earn his first Italian Formula 4 victory in the first race of round two of the season at Imola.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Edgar vaulted past fellow Red Bull protege Jak Crawford into second place on the run down to Turn 1 on the opening lap.

Edgar then passed polesitting Ferrari junior Dino Beganvoic (Prema) around the outside of the second chicane to take the race lead. Crawford attempted to follow his team-mate through as the duo ran side-by-side through the Turn 7 hairpin.

However, the pair made contact on the exit of the corner and although both drivers were able to continue (with some minor damage), Ugran slipped passed them both and into second place behind race leader Edgar.

The safety car was required at the end of the opening lap to recover a number of stricken cars, two of which were eliminated from the race when Alex Gnos creamed into the back of the stalled Cram Motorsport-run car of Mateusz Kaprzyk.

Ugran – who ended his wait for a maiden F4 victory with a brace of wins in last weekend’s Spanish F4 round at Paul Ricard – pressured Edgar on the restart.

He seized the chance to move into the race lead as Edgar ran wide through the gravel at the first chicane.

Edgar put pressure on Ugran for the rest of the race, but Jenzer Motorsport driver Ugran resisted for his maiden Italian F4 win from fourth on the grid.

Crawford passed Beganovic around the outside of Turn 1 for third place, but couldn’t find a way past his team-mate and was forced to settle for third place on his debut in the Italian F4 series.

Ferrari junior Beganovic clung onto fourth place despite carrying front wing damage from his opening lap clash with Crawford. Czech-Venezuelan racer Zdenek Chovanek beat Motorsport Games gold medalist Andrea Rosso to sixth place.

Cram Motorsport’s Rosso survived a collision which eliminated Prema’s Sebastian Montoya early in the race.

Championship leader Francesco Pizzi, who crashed in qualifying, finished in seventh place after starting 10th on the grid in his VAR car.

Pizzi’s title rival Gabriele Mini bounced back from opening lap drama to finish in eighth place ahead of his Prema team-mate Gabriel Bortoleto and Bhaitech’s Scottish racer Dexter Patterson.


Race results (15 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 31m57.108s
2 Jonny Edgar Van Amersfoort Racing +0.282s
3 Jak Crawford Van Amersfoort Racing +0.416s
4 Dino Beganovic Prema +2.939s
5 Zdenek Chovanek Bhaitech +3.323s
6 Andrea Rosso Cram Motorsport +4.241s
7 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing +6.288s
8 Gabriele Mini Prema +7.899s
9 Gabriel Bortoleto Prema +8.563s
10 Dexter Patterson Bhaitech +8.807s
11 Jasin Ferati Jenzer Motorsport +14.936s
12 Pietro Delli Guanti BMV Racing +15.183s
13 Francesco Simonazzi Jenzer Motorsport +16.118s
14 Hamda Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing +24.371s
15 Sebastian Ogaard Bhaitech +25.087s
16 Cenyu Han Van Amersfoort Racing +28.144s
17 Leonardo Fornaroli Iron Lynx +30.029s
18 Bence Valint Van Amersfoort Racing +44.323s
19 Piotr Wisnicki Jenzer Motorsport +46.752
DNF Sebastian Freymuth AS Motorsport
DNF Sebastian Montoya Prema
DNF Jesse Salmenautio Bhaitech
DNF Mateusz Kaprzyk Cram Motorsport
DNF Axel Gnos G4 Racing
Fastest lap: Edgar 1m45.106s

Championship Standings
Ugran 70  Pizzi 64  Mini 59  Rosso 37  Beganovic 37  Montoya 24  Delli Guanti 22  Edgar 18  9 Crawford 15  10 Fornaroli 14