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Wurz tops Italian F4 test and F3 drivers try out GP2 cars at Mugello

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Charlie Wurz was fastest in Italian Formula 4’s two-day Mugello test this week, with FIA Formula 3 drivers also taking to the track to do running in old GP2 cars.

MM International Motorsport ran Red Bull junior Jak Crawford and Roman Stanek in Dallara GP2/11s, while one of their FIA F3 title rivals was in one of Prema’s GP2 chassis. On track at the same time as the high-downforce cars was an AKM Motorsport-run Formula Regional car for Andrea Kimi Antonelli, son of AKM boss Marco Antonelli, Van Amersfoort Racing’s fleet of Euroformula-spec Dallara 320s and several older F3 cars.

The F4 drivers ran seperately, with four sessions on Tuesday and four on Wednesday.

Wurz topped the very first session, heading Van Amersfoort Racing’s Martinius Stenshorne by 0.225 seconds. Stenshorne lowered the pace to 1m49.460s in session two, where Rafael Camara was his closest rival but was running with Iron Lynx rather than Prema, who he usually races for. Similarly, Ugo Ugochukwu was testing with R-ace GP rather than Prema.

Joining the field in the second session with R-ace was junior karter Chloe Chong who is one of the four finalists in the senior group for for the third edition of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission’s Ferrari Driver Academy-affiliated Girls on Track Rising Stars programme.

US Racing’s Kacper Sztuka was fastest in the first running of the afternoon, with Stenshorne continuing his consistent pace by going second fastest. He then moved to the fore again at the end of the day, setting a 1m49.091s.

The top 16 were spread by less than a second on pace, and Prema driver Antonelli was 0.237s slower than Stenshorne in second place but in one of AKM’s F4 cars.

The pace was faster on Wednesday, with Wurz kicking off the day by setting a 1m48.339s. Sztuka was next best, and he then topped the next two sessions but with laps in the 1m49s. In session six only Iron Lynx’s Maya Weug (who missed Tuesday), one of Monlau Motorsport’s unnamed drivers and Viktoria Blokhina (driving for BVM Racing as her usual team PHM Racing was absent) improved, while in the next session it was again the Monlau driver and US’s Alex Dunne, who had gone second fastest.

The day ended with Antonelli jumping up to fifth in the overall test timesheet by setting a 1m48.713s. Wurz was the only driver even near his pace, although nine drivers did set their personal best laptimes in the session.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Charlie Wurz Prema 1m48.339s 138
2 Kacper Sztuka US Racing 1m48.472s +0.133s 119
3 Brando Badoer Van Amersfoort Racing 1m48.536s +0.197s 145
4 Marcus Amand US Racing 1m48.638s +0.299s 124
5 Andrea Kimi Antonelli AKM Motorsport 1m48.713s +0.374s 142
6 Arvid Lindblad Van Amersfoort Racing 1m48.750s +0.411s 148
7 Valentin Kluss Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.862s +0.523s 120
8 Martinius Stenshorne Van Amersfoort Racing 1m48.872s +0.533s 148
9 Ugo Ugochukwu R-ace GP 1m48.915s +0.576s 143
10 Conrad Laursen Prema 1m49.058s +0.719s 135
11 Nikhil Bohra US Racing 1m49.136s +0.797s 116
12 Alex Dunne US Racing 1m49.219s +0.880s 105
13 Emmo Fittipaldi Vam Amersfoort Racing 1m49.243s +0.904s 149
14 Jules Castro Van Amersfoort Racing 1m49.275s +0.936s 140
15 Rafael Camara Iron Lynx 1m49.449s +1.110s 64
16 Ethan Ischer Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.459s +1.120s 121
17 Maya Weug Iron Lynx 1m49.506s +1.167s 77
18 Ismail Akhmed AKM Motorsport 1m49.518s +1.179s 146
19 Akshay Bohra US Racing 1m49.587s +1.248s 120
20 Pedro Perino US Racing 1m49.769s +1.430s 116
21 Niko Lacorte Iron Lynx 1m49.793s +1.454s 93
22 Ivan Domingues Iron Lynx 1m49.793s +1.454s 149
23 Alfio Spina BVM Racing 1m49.839s +1.500s 129
24 Alex Partyshev Jenzer Motorsport 1m50.000s +1.661s 112
25 Nandhavud Bhirombhakdi Jenzer Motorsport 1m50.455s +2.116s 64
26 #99 Monlau Motorsport 1m50.459s +2.120s 64
27 William Karlsson BVM Racing 1m50.490s +2.151s 69
28 Elia Sperandio Maffi Racing 1m50.492s +2.153s 134
29 #97 Monlau Motorsport 1m50.515s +2.176s 145
30 Valerio Rinicella AKM Motorsport 1m50.637s +2.298s 142
31 Francisco Soldavini Maffi Racing 1m50.818s +2.479s 86
32 Ruiqu Liu AKM Motorsport 1m50.844s +2.505s 106
33 Frederik Lund R-ace GP 1m50.910s +2.571s 102
34 #98 Monlau Motorsport 1m51.266s +2.927s 77
35 Laura Camps Torras Iron Lynx 1m51.308s +2.969s 135
36 Georgios Markogiannis Cram Motorsport 1m51.380s +3.041s 127
37 Giovanni Maschio MDE Events 1m51.461s +3.122s 51
38 Viktoria Blokhina BVM Racing 1m51.564s +3.225s 68
39 Chloe Chong R-ace GP 1m53.121s +4.782s 116