10 out of 10 for Bearman in the Italian F.4 Championship

Published on Saturday, October 30, 2021

10 out of 10 for Bearman in the Italian F.4 Championship

In the rain, the 2021 Italian Champion wins for the tenth time, ahead of Sebastian Montoya and Andrea Kimi Antonelli

Ollie Bearman again. The Brit driving for Van Amersfoort Racing underlined his superiority on the fast track and even in the wet, he utilised his experience by winning his tenth race of the season. On the podium, together with the 2021 champion, was Sebastian Montoya and Andrea Kimi Antonelli. The Bolognese Prema driver demonstrated that he is already able to mix it with the outright contenders with a top-class race but after having been in the lead for most of it, he is unable to get the better of the experience of the Brit and also his teammate Montoya. Fourth place for Joshua Durksen (Muecke Motorsport) ahead of Kirill Smal, Tim Tramnitz and Lorenzo Patrese who after starting from pole position, made a small mistake which compromises an otherwise excellent performance. To round out the top 10 Maceo Capieto (Prema Powerteam) who was also on the rookie podium and then Conrad Laursen (Prema Powerteam) who tomorrow will fight for the title of Rookie champion with Nikita Bedrin and also Joshua Dufek (Van Amersfoort Racing).

Rookie Podium Race 2

The second and penultimate race of the 2021 season started behind the safety car on a very wet track. After three laps, Lorenzo Patrese lead the field away at the green and maintains the lead ahead of Fornaroli and Montoya who enter the battle as well. Patrese had a wild moment at the Variante Ascari losing the race lead and Fornaroli who also hesitated in avoidance which allowed Montoya to take the lead in front of Andrea Kimi Antonelli. Into the Parabolica Tramnitz and Fornaroli both spin after a mistake by the Iron Lynx driver from Piacenza which benefits Oliver Bearman, now in third. During the fifth lap comes the attack for the lead from Andrea Kimi Antonelli who takes advantage of an error coming from Montoya exiting the Parabolica. Also in the first chicane contact between Robert De Haan and Erick Zuniga forces Francesco Braschi to run wide to avoid impact. Leonardo Fornaroli's race ends in the gravel at the exit of the Ascari chicane. Meanwhile, the fire extinguisher unexpectedly goes off in Fornaroli’s car, blocking visibility for the Italian who loses control and is out. Meanwhile, Kimi Antonelli increases his lead over Ollie Bearman, who has to watch his back with Sebastian Montoya and Kirill Smal right behind. But with 5 minutes from the end, Samir Ben ends up in a spin with his car that remains stranded on the ripple strips and the safety car is deployed once again. At the restart, Bearman relies on his experience and passes Antonelli as Montoya also slips by. Bearman builds up enough of a margin while Antonelli has to defend third place from the attack of Durksen. At the checkered flag, the English Van Amersfoort takes his tenth win of the season ahead of Sebastian Montoya and Andrea Kimi Antonelli.


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