07 Jun 2021
At Misano, Fornaroli and Bearman dominate the second round of the Italian F.4 Championship Powered by Abarth
First victory for Leonardo Fornaroli in race 1. Double for Bearman in races 2 and 3, giving him the lead in the overall standings.
- First victory for Leonardo Fornaroli in race 1. Double for Bearman in races 2 and 3, giving him the lead in the overall standings.
- Hamda Al Qubaisi is the first woman on the podium for the Italian F.4 Championship after taking third place in race 1.
- Among the rookies, victories for Jonas Ried, Leonardo Bizzotto and Lorenzo Patrese, the latter the new leader in the rookie standings.
The second round of the Italian F.4 Championship Powered by Abarth Certified by FIA has been a weekend of firsts. The first victory for Leonardo Fornaroli (Iron Lynx), the first victory of the season and a double for Oliver Bearman (Van Amersfoort Racing), the first time on the podium – quickly replicated – for Sebastian Montoya (Prema Powerteam) and the first podium for a woman in the Italian Championship with Hamda Al Qubaisi (Prema Powerteam) and her third place in race 1. A weekend full of action provided by the 29 Tatuus chassis powered with a 160-hp Abarth T-Jet engine, purely derived from the one seen in the road-going 595 and 695.
In race 1, the 16-year-old Iron Lynx driver from Piacenza started from pole position and maintained the lead, triumphing ahead of Oliver Bearman and the 18-year-old UAE driver, who ran a perfect race, her performance worthy of the top drivers in the series. Jonas Ried (BWT Muecke Motorsport) came in fourth, winning among the rookies ahead of Nikita Bedrin (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Leonardo Bizzotto (BVM Racing).
In the second race at the Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli, Bearman made the race his own after his start from pole position. The Brit driving for Van Amersfoort Racing overcame challenges, firstly from Fornaroli, then from Montoya, who brilliantly managed to overtake the Italian driver in the final laps of the race. Kirill Smal (Prema Powerteam) was unable to catch the trio and took fourth place. On the rookie podium were Leonardo Bizzotto, the Colombian driver Nicolas Baptiste (Cram Motorsport) and Nikita Bedrin. After that, a 5-second penalty saw Lorenzo Patrese, second among the rookies at the finish line, slide to fifth place in his class. However, the natural heir, driving for AKM Motorsport, won again in race 3, beating the other rookies and coming in ahead of Kacper Sztuka (AS Motorsport) and Maya Weug (Iron Lynx). Patrese also scored points in the overall standings by coming in 10th overall.
Ollie Bearman once again won race 3 and kept in his wake the unstoppable Fornaroli and Montoya, two of the best drivers in the second round of the season.
The Italian F.4 Championship Powered by Abarth Certified by FIA will be back on track in late June at Vallelunga.
Overall standings in the Italian F.4 Championship Powered by Abarth: 1. Oliver Bearman (GBR, Van Amersfoort Racing), 107; 2. Leonardo Fornaroli (ITA, Iron Lynx), 80; 3. Tim Tramnitz (GER, US Racing), 68; 4. Kirill Smal (RUS, Prema Powerteam), 66; 5. Sebastian Montoya (COL, Prema Powerteam), 63.