Italian F.4 Championship

domenica 8 maggio 2022

Race 3, Kacper Sztuka brings US Racing on podium again

P2 and Rookie victory for Rafael Camara, third place for Alexander Dunne

 In race 3 another triumph for US Racing with the victory of Kacper Sztuka and the third place of Alexander Dunne. P2 and Rookie win for Rafael Camara, Prema Racing driver part of the Ferrari Driver Academy program (as well as Wharton and Weug).

The race that closed the first weekend of the Italian F.4 Championship certified by FIA at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola was signed by US Racing. The most nervous and spectacular race of the 3. Start with Ivan Domingues (Iron Lynx) on pole position, but the Mexican immediately loses the leadership to Kacper Sztuka (US Racing). Behind him, chasing, there is Taylor Bernard, then replaced by Rafael Camara. Start ahead in the grid also for Maya Weug, who however loses a lot of positions in the early stages on the first passage on Piratella turn. In P5 the Australian driver of Prema Racing James Wharton. Then Alexander Dunne (US Racing) followed by Andrea Kimi Antonelli (Prema Racing).

A thrilling passage at Tamburello with Dunne settled by the driver from Bologna who touches the kerb and the car rears up, but without consequences, with the Irishman who continues the race without losing positions. After a few laps both pass and find themselves respectively in P4 and P5, and both gained one position when Domingues makes a mistake and finds himself the tyres in the gravel.

The two in the lead positions, Sztuka and Camara, are on another pace compared to all the other drivers, they increased the gap more than 6 seconds from the group. Then, the regrouping due to the entry of the safety car for the breakage of the front right suspension of Nikhil Bohra, US Racing driver.

The restart is about 5′ and a half to race end, no positions are exchanged at the restart, but the group is closer. Time for Antonelli’s last assaults at Villeneuve, with Dunne tightening and defending P3, before crossing the finish line.

In order, Sztuka is first under the checkered flag, followed by Camara, then Dunne. Fourth Antonelli, but slips in P10 for a 10 second penalty imposed by the race direction for the contact with his teammate Wharton. Unlucky weekend for the Bolognese driver, but he showed his great potential for the season. P4 to Taylor Barnard, Englishman of PHM Racing, who shows in race 3 all his ability. Then Martinus Stenshorne, very young driver of Van Amersfoort Racing, who also makes P2 in the Rookie classification. 6th Nikita Bedrin, PHM Racing, followed by Charlie Wurz, Prema Racing, who is also the 3rd Rookie in race 3.

P8 for Marcus Amand, US Racing, followed by Wharton.

Top 5 after the first round of the 2022 Italian F.4 Championship: 

1. Alexander Dunne, US Racing, 58pt; 2. Rafel Camara, Prema Racing, 47pt; 3. Kacper Sztuka, US Racing, 43pt; 4. Martinus Stenshorne, Van Amersfoort Racing, 30pt; 5. James Wharton, Prema Racing, 29, pt.


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