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Untouchable Slater doubles up in Italian F4 race two at Misano

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: ACI Sport

Prema’s Freddie Slater continued his domination of round one of the Italian Formula 4 seasson at Misano with a second straight lights-to-flag victory.

This time he had to cope with three safety car periods but was still able to control the race, rebuilding his lead on each restart. His team-mate Alex Powell again had to accept second, unable to challenge Slater but clear of any threat from behind. US Racing’s Akshay Bohra finished third, just holding off a charging drive from Jenzer Motorsport’s Reno Francot at the line.

Slater made another perfect getaway off the line to cover any challenge from Powell, who in turn closed the door on Bohra.

Prema’s Kean Nakamura Berta was the big loser on lap one, dropping to seventh from the second row on the grid and forced to defend from PHM Racing’s Davide Larini.

Larini made a dive to the inside of Nakamura, with the two colliding and the former’s car landing on top of the latter’s. With both stranded on the exit of turn two, the safety car was deployed.

When racing resumed, Francot passed Van Amersfoort Racing’s Hiyu Yamakoshi for fourth and then the safety car was out again following an incident for VAR’s Alvise Rodella.

Slater again made a break when green flags flew at the end of lap six, building a lead of almost a second on the next lap.

Prema’s Rashid Al Dhaheri and Jenzer’s Ethan Ischer closed onto the tail of Yamakoshi, who locked up more than once under braking as he fought to defend fifth.

Slater had a consolidated lead and set a new fastest lap on the ninth tour, as he and Powell gapped Bohra who was now coming under pressure from Francot. A disastrous race for VAR then got even worse as Gustav Jonsson and Andrija Kostic pulled off track and the safety car was needed once again.

Slater backed up the field before timing his return to racing speed perfectly out of the final corner when the restart occurred with seven minutes remaining of the half-hour race.

Ischer renewed his attack on Al Dhaheri as Prema’s Dion Gowda and R-ace GP’s Luka Sammalisto sat right behind awaiting any opening. Further back, a collision with Enea Frey pitched Kamal Mrad into the barriers but racing was able to continue with double waved yellows at turn four.

Slater was untroubled thereon, and finished the 18-lap encounter 1.437 seconds ahead of Powell.

Francot made a late challenge for the final podium position but had to give best to Bohra by just 0.158s.

Prema’s Tomass Stolcermanis showed strong race pace after a disappointing qualifying left him on the grid’s eighth row, finishing ninth.

Race results (18 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Freddie Slater Prema 32m43.882s
2 Alex Powell Prema +1.437s
3 Akshay Bohra US Racing +2.511s
4 Reno Francot Jenzer Motorsport +2.669s
5 Hiyu Yamakoshi Van Amersfoort Racing +3.125s
6 Rashid Al Dhaheri Prema +3.551s
7 Ethan Ischer Jenzer Motorsport +4.112s
8 Dion Gowda Prema +6.360s
9 Tomass Stolcermanis Prema +6.592s
10 Andrej Petrovic PHM Racing +8.789s
11 Luka Sammalisto R-ace GP +9.291s
12 Gianmarco Pradel US Racing +9.571s
13 Maximilian Popov PHM Racing +9.735s
14 Shimo Zhang Jenzer Motorsport +10.577s
15 Enzo Yeh R-ace GP +12.068s
16 Emanuele Olivieri AKM Motorsport +13.788s
17 Maxim Rehm US Racing +16.245s
18 Kai Daryanani Cram Motorsport +16.885s
19 Andrei Duna Real Racing Team +18.479s
20 Lin Hodenius Van Amersfoort Racing +19.625s
21 Kabir Anurag US Racing +19.746s
22 Everett Stack PHM Racing +22.324s
23 Jan Koller BVM Racing +22.469s
24 Edu Robinson AS Motorsport +22.624s
25 Nathanel Berreby Maffi Racing +25.255s
26 Gabriel Holguin Maffi Racing +25.584s
27 Luca Viisoreanu Real Racing Team +1 lap
28 Alexander Savinkov AKM Motorsport +1 lap
29 Enea Frey Jenzer Motorsport +4 laps
30 Kamal Mrad PHM Racing +4 laps
Ret Andrija Kostic Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Gustav Jonsson Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Matheus Ferreira US Racing
Ret Alvise Rodella Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Jack Beeton US Racing
Ret Kean Nakamura Berta Prema
Ret Davide Larini PHM Racing
Fastest lap: Slater, 1m35.450s

Championship standings
1 Slater 50   2 Powell 36   3 Bohra 27   4 Yamakoshi 18   5 Pradel 15   6 Francot 12   7 Beeton 10   8 Al Dhaheri 9   9 Ischer 6   10 Yeh 6