Lorandi Takes Rookie Trophy Win From Fittipaldi and Caldwell
Under clear blue skies and with the temperature hovering at 30 degrees, Race 1 of the Italian F.4 Championship powered by Abarth got underway. At the start the polesitter, the New Zealander Marcus Armstrong got the best start ahead of his Prema Power Team team-mate, the Estonian Juri Vips. Getting away well also were the two Italian Bhaitech team drivers Lorenzo Colombo and Leonardo Lorandi and in that order. As the leaders pulled away, there was contact at the start however between the Dutch driver Job Van Uitert (Jenzer Motorsport) and the Venezuelan Sebastian Fernandez (Bhaitech) who were forced into retirement; two significant retirements as they are both in contention for the title. After some laps behind the Safety Car, the race resumed with the order between the front four unchanged.
Fifth was the Indian driver for Jenzer Motorsport, Kush Maini, followed by the Brazilian Enzo Fittipaldi (Prema Power Team), the German Lirim Zendeli (BWT Muecke Motorsport). The Italian Aldo Festante (DR Formula), the American Juan Manuel Correa (Prema Power Team) and the Italian Federico Malvestiti (Jenzer Motorsport) rounded out the top ten in this order.
Lorandi remains the leader in the Rookie Trophy (seven victories in a row for him), ahead of Fittipaldi and the Brit Olli Caldwell (BWT Muecke Motorsport).
Tomorrow, Sunday July 16, at 9:00 and 16:20 will be races 2 and 3, both over a distance of 28 minutes + 1 lap.
It is worth noting that points will be awarded for the Driver’s Championship, Rookie Trophy (for Series Debutants), the Women’s Trophy and the Team’s Championship.
The Italian F.4 Championship powered by Abarth races with Pirelli tyres and uses Magigas fuel.
Also tomorrow, it will be possible to watch the races Live on Sportitalia (Channel 60 and Sky Channel 225) and streamed directly on www.f4championship.com, and also on the official app of WSK Promotion.