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Yamakoshi wins again as drama delivers him Italian F4 points lead

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Hiyu Yamakoshi led lights-to-flag in Italian Formula 4 race two at Imola.

The poleman only had one moment of pressure during the 17-lap race, when US Racing’s Jack Beeton tried passing him at turn five on lap one, en route to his second win.

Initially Beeton had a gap to team-mate Akshay Bohra and Prema’s Freddie Slater, who were fighting for third. Slater attempted to overtake Bohra at turn one on laps two and three, then settled in behind and the pair hunted down Beeton.

Bohra set the fastest lap on lap five, and on lap 11 tried passing Beeton at the Villeneuve chicane. That failed, and Slater went to overtake him at Piratella but again there was no position change.

On the next lap Bohra dived down Beeton’s inside at the Tamburello chicane and got ahead but did not leave enough room and Beeton went through the gravel. Slater did the same behind, and Bohra now had a gap.

Slater did not want to let him pull away, and knew he had to clear Beeton. But on lap 13 he drove into him at Tosa and they both spun. While Slater got going again in 10th, Beeton dropped to the back then retired in the pits.

That brought Prema’s Dion Gowda and Tomass Stolcermanis up to third and fourth, and they eradicated Yamakoshi’s 4.5s lead on lap 14 as the safety car was called out due to BVM Racing’s Jan Koller stopping with a broken rear-left wheel.

Racing resumed on the last lap, and despite running slightly wide at Tamburello there was no problems for Yamakoshi up front.

Stolcermanis passed Gowda into Tamburello but they then swapped places again, their team-mate Kean Nakamura Berta finished just behind them in fifth and Rashid Al Dhaheri made it four Prema drivers in the top six by holding off VAR’s Gustav Jonsson.

Initially Prema’s Alex Powell and US’s Gianmarco Pradel had been ahead of Gowda and Stolcermanis, but after Pradel passed Powell on lap three he got driven into the back of and he retired with a rear-left delamination while Powell had to pit to replace his front wing.

Al Dhaheri had got into what would end up being sixth place by passing US’s Maxim Rehm, who retired on lap 13. That promoted Jenzer Motorsport’s Reno Francot into the points, then he and R-ace GP’s Luka Sammalisto moved into eighth and ninth after Slater and Beeton’s incident.

But Sammalisto lost his position during the safety car period as he was summoned into the pits due to a damaged rear wing, meaning Slater finished ninth and PHM Racing’s Davide Larini took the final point in 10th. The result meant Yamakoshi took the championship lead from Slater by five points.

Larini had contact early in the race with team-mate Maximilian Popov, who finished 16th then had his engine exploded before he was able to return to the paddock.

Powell came home 29th, and US’s Matheus Ferreira failed to start the race.

Race results (17 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Hiyu Yamakoshi Van Amersfoort Racing 33m18.655s
2 Akshay Bohra US Racing +0.888s
3 Dion Gowda Prema +1.781s
4 Tomass Stolcermanis Prema +2.336s
5 Kean Nakamura Berta Prema +2.623s
6 Rashid Al Dhaheri Prema +3.196s
7 Gustav Jonsson Van Amersfoort Racing +3.590s
8 Reno Francot Jenzer Motorsport +3.665s
9 Freddie Slater Prema +4.305s
10 Davide Larini PHM Racing +4.723s
11 Emanuele Olivieri AKM Motorsport +5.353s
12 Ethan Ischer Jenzer Motorsport +5.725s
13 Andrej Petrovic PHM Racing +6.087s
14 Lin Hodenius Van Amersfoort Racing +6.762s
15 Andrija Kostic Van Amersfoort Racing +7.464s
16 Maximilian Popov PHM Racing +8.422s
17 Alvise Rodella Van Amersfoort Racing +9.299s
18 Kamal Mrad PHM Racing +9.329s
19 Enzo Yeh R-ace GP +9.577s
20 Enea Frey Jenzer Motorsport +9.614s
21 Edu Robinson AS Motorsport +10.175s
22 Everett Stack PHM Racing +12.025s
23 Alexander Savinkov AKM Motorsport +12.328s
24 Kabir Anurag US Racing +12.546s
25 Luca Viisoreanu Real Racing Team +12.778s
26 Francisco Macedo Cram Motorsport +13.139s
27 Matus Ryba Jenzer Motorsport +13.252s
28 Wiktor Dobrzanki AKM Motorsport +13.325s
29 Alex Powell Prema +13.671s
30 Nathanael Berreby Maffi Racing +15.146s
31 Gabriel Holguin Maffi Racing +15.691s
32 Luka Sammalisto R-ace GP +2 laps
Ret Shimo Zhang Jenzer Motorsport
Ret Jan Koller BVM Racing
Ret Maxim Rehm US Racing
Ret Jack Beeton US Racing
Ret Gianmarco Pradel US Racing
DNS Matheus Ferreira US Racing
Fastest lap: Bohra, 1m45.677s

Championship standings
1 Yamakoshi 82   2 Slater 77   3 Bohra 63   4 Powell 54   5 Gowda 38   6 Al Dhaheri 33   7 Nakamura 29   8 Stolcermanis 28   9 Pradel 25   10 Beeton 22