Asian Motorsport reviews the action from races two and three of the third round of the Italian F4 Championship at Vallelunga.

by Marco Albertini

Yamakoshi holds on to third as Prema dominate the race

Race two of the third round of the Italian Formula 4 Championship was held at 9:00am local time.

Hiyu Yamakoshi started third and held on to that position in the early stages, attempting to attack Alex Powell for second, but, had to defend from Tomass Stolcermanis and Matheus Ferreira, ultimately relinquishing the attack on the Jamaican, to successfully defend from the Prema and the US Racing cars.

The race would soon be halted as two cars went off, bringing out a safety car, that would come in with 20 minutes to go.

On the restart, Dion Gowda was overtaken by US Racing’s Gianmarco Pradel and soon had to defend from VAR’s Gustav Jonsson and R-ace GP’s Luka Sammalisto, as the pair attempted to take ninth away from the Indian.

Though the cameras soon turned to Rashid Al Dhaheri, who pulled into the pits with a broken front wing and retired from the race.

As the race drew to a close, a battle between Jack Beeton and Kean Nakamura-Berta was happening for eleventh position, a battle that ended with Beeton hitting the Japanese driver, sending the latter into the air for a brief moment, but fortunately neither driver suffered major damage to their cars.

Up at the front, Freddie Slater won, whilst Hiyu Yamakoshi finished third, Akshay Bohra P7 and Dion Gowda P9.

Further down the field, Kean Nakamura-Berta finished P11, Kabir Anurag finished P18, Shimo Zhang finished P19, Enzo Yeh finished P23 and the aforementioned Rashid Al Dhaheri retired.

Yamakoshi completes trifecta of third place finishes as Prema dominates race three

Race three of the third round of the Italian Formula 4 Championship was held at 2:25pm local time.

Hiyu Yamakoshi once again started third, and had an even better start than in the previous race, immediately attacking both Prema cars of Alex Powell and Freddie Slater for the top 2 positions.

Just outside the top ten, prema teammates Dion Gowda and Tomass Stolcermanis engaged in a battle that was ultimately won by the Latvian, as the Indian was also overtaken by the Jenzer of Enea Frey.

A few positions ahead, Gustav Jonsson attempted to overtake Kean Nakamura-Berta but the Japanese driver successfully defended, slowing down the Swede and allowing Prema teammate Rashid Al Dhaheri to get closer.

The green flag period would soon come to an end though, as Lin Hodenius and Emanuele Olivieri were in the wall at the last corner, an incident that brought out the safety car on track.

As the safety car was heading into the pits with 18 minutes to go, Ethan Ischer crashed under the safety car period, further extending the neutralization of the race.

The safety car returned to the pits with eight minutes remaining and Yamakoshi was soon attacking Alex Powell, but the hope for a second place finish was soon dashed as further down the field, PHM AIX’s Everett Stack spun and collected US Racing’s Kabir Anurag. The Singaporean driver retired on the spot bringing out yet another safety car.

This time the safety car ended the race, with another win by Freddie Slater, as Yamakoshi completed his trifecta of third place finishes across the weekend, Akshay Bohra held on to sixth, while Kean Nakamura-Berta and Rashid Al Dhaheri finished eighth and ninth respectively.

Further down the field, Dion Gowda achieved P14, Shimo Zhang finished P18, Enzo Yeh P20 and the aforementioned Kabir Anurag was classified in P33.

Italian F4 Drivers’ Championship top ten

  • Freddie Slater (GBR), Prema Racing – 165 points
  • Hiyu Yamakoshi (JPN), Van Amersfoort Racing – 127 points
  • Alex Powell (JAM), Prema Racing – 102 points
  • Akshay Bohra (IND), US Racing – 93 points
  • Jack Beeton (AUS), US Racing – 68 points
  • Tomass Stolcermanis (LVA), Prema Racing – 48 points
  • Rashid Al Dhaheri (UAE), Prema Racing – 47 points
  • Dion Gowda (IND), Prema Racing – 41 points
  • Kean Nakamura-Berta (JPN), Prema Racing – 41 points
  • Gianmarco Pradel (AUS), US Racing – 37 points

Header photo credit: ACI Sport

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