Italian F4: First victory for Joshua Durksen

Published on Monday, October 11, 2021

Italian F4: First victory for Joshua Durksen

The weekend dedicated to the outsiders continues in Mugello. After the three pole positions by Joshua Dufek, Joshua Durksen got his first victory. The Paraguayan Muecke Motorsport driver has shown to be stubborn on the Tuscan track, being able to get the better of the poleman Joshua Dufek and of the Colombian Prema Powerteam driver, once again on the podium.

 

The series leader Oliver Bearman, with his Van Amersfoort Racing single-seater, did not take risks and settled for the fourth place, even if he was able to get the second position during the race. Behind him, Nikita Bedrin showed once again to be the best among the rookies, becoming more and more protagonist in the overall standings. Sixth position for Kirill Smal (Prema Powerteam) who preceded Tim Tramnitz (US Racing) and Santiago Ramos (Jenzer Motorsport) out of the rookie podium.

 

In Race 1, Smal tried his best once the lights went off, but he went out of the track managing his car but losing positions. On Luco-Poggio Secco turn, Joshua Dufek and Leonardo Fornaroli made a contact, with the driver from Piacenza who lost his front wing, and he is forced to enter in pits. A contact between Samir Ben and Hambda Al Qubaisi put both out of the games and forced the safety car to enter on track. 20 minutes to the end, with the weather which continued to be uncertain but without rain, the re-start sees Joshua Durksen starting better respect the others and he took the lead in front of Dufek and Motoya. The Paraguayan, however, lost his first position at the end of the fifth lap with Dufek who gained again the lead and Bearman who, taking advantage of the battle between Durksen and Motoya, took the second position. During the tenth lap, the Britishman is overtaken by Durksen who took again the second position. Two laps later, Montoya overtook the British driving for Van Amersfoort Racing to get the third position, with a small contact at the end of Mugello straight. In the meanwhile, Kirill Smal overtaken Tramnitz getting the sixth position, while the battle for the first position between Dufek and Durksen was on fire. The Paraguayan was able, some laps to the end, to get the better of the Swiss driver, taking his first victory in front of Van Amersfoort driver and Sebastian Montoya. 

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