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Ugochukwu fastest in post-season Italian F4 test at Monza

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Prema’s Ugo Ugochukwu was the quickest driver in the two-day post-season Italian Formula 4 test at Monza this week.

Each day was split into a morning and an afternoon session, and it was Red Bull junior Arvid Lindblad who was fastest on Wednesday morning.

The Anglo-Swede was driving for Prema, having debuted in F4 this year with Van Amersfoort Racing, and set a 1m54.161s lap to top the session.

He was 0.061 seconds faster than Niko Lacorte, also driving for Prema, and 0.337s back in third place was US Racing’s Ruiqu Liu.

The fastest karting graduate was AKM Motorsport’s Rashid Al Dhaheri in seventh place, and he was just over seven tenths of a second slower than Lindblad. Everyone else more than a second off the pace.

Other F4 newcomers included Alpine Academy affiliate and CIK-FIA European Karting champion Kean Nakamura Berta (Prema), Italian shifter karter Flavio Olivieri (Cram Motorsport) and Australia’s Jack Beeton (Cram).

McLaren junior Ugochukwu lowered the pace in the afternoon to 1m53.522s, heading Prema team-mate Lindblad by 0.111s.

Third fastest was Al Dhaheri, 0.256s behind, then the Prema trio of Lacorte, Nakamura Berta and Ferrari junior James Wharton.

The top 10 was rounded out by VAR duo Ivan Domingues and Brando Badoer, Prema’s Tukka Taponen and Beeton who had switched teams to US Racing.

VAR’s Brando Badoer was fastest on Thursday morning in considerably worse conditions, with laptimes 13s slower than the previous day. He set the pace by 0.368 seconds over Ugochukwu.

The track was considerably faster in the afternoon, but still not as quick as the previous day, and Prema filled the top five positions. Lacorte was fastest, edging Lindblad, Taponen, Nakamura Berta and Wharton. Fastest of the F4 newcomers was Beeton, who switched to US Racing for the second day of testing.

Gianmarco Pradel was recorded as driving for both US Racing and Cram on Thursday, although it is believed he was only actually driving for the latter.

Junior single-seater testing was concurrently taking place at Spa-Francorchamps, where Van Amersfoort Racing was in action once again with its Euroformula cars. It plans to return to the series if it has drivers who are willing to sign to race.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Ugo Ugochukwu Prema 1m53.522s 112
2 Arvid Lindblad Prema 1m53.633s +0.111s 129
3 Rashid Al Dhaheri AKM Motorsport 1m53.778s +0.256s 149
4 Niko Lacorte Prema 1m53.876s +0.354s 141
5 Kean Nakamura Berta Prema 1m54.108s +0.586s 140
6 James Wharton Prema 1m54.163s +0.641s 124
7 Ivan Domingues VAR 1m54.181s +0.659s 160
8 Brando Badoer VAR 1m54.194s +0.672s 155
9 Tuukka Taponen Prema 1m54.298s +0.776s 142
10 Ruiqi Liu US Racing 1m54.498s +0.976s 155
11 Zachary David US Racing 1m54.499s +0.977s 58
12 Akshay Bohra US Racing 1m54.675s +1.153s 157
13 Matheus Ferreira US Racing 1m54.866s +1.344s 144
14 Noah Stromsted Prema 1m54.980s +1.458s 135
15 Flavio Oliveiri Cram Motorsport 1m55.041s +1.519s 134
16 Edoardo Borelli AKM Motorsport 1m55.227s +1.705s 143
17 Gianmarco Pradel US Racing/Cram 1m55.328s +1.806s 177
18 Viktoria Blokhina PHM Racing 1m55.328s +1.806s 151
19 Fernando Barrichello Prema 1m55.527s +2.005s 125
20 Jack Beeton US Racing/Cram 1m55.687s +2.165s 168
21 #36 AKM Motorsport 1m55.724s +2.202s 144
22 Tina Hausmann VAR 1m56.372s +2.850s 196
23 Leon Heidegger AS Motorsport 1m56.641s +3.119s 74
24 Michalina Sabaj AS Motorsport 1m56.833s +3.311s 159
25 Jakob Bergmeister PHM Racing 1m57.624s +4.102s 146
26 Alexandru Iancu Real Racing 1m57.684s +4.162s 135