The Formula Regional by Alpine European Championship saw two different winners, Paul Aron leading Race 1 and Gabriele Minì winning the final race of the weekend.
In the Italian Formula 4 championship, Andrea Kimi Antonelli won races 1 and 2 while Rafael Camara won race 3 and is the new championship leader.
Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine
FORMULA PAR ALPIN EUROPEAN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: PAUL ARON WINS THE FIRST ROUND AT PAUL RICARD
At Paul Ricard, the first race of the Formula Regional by Alpine European Championship was rich in emotions and offered quite a spectacle from the first to the last lap. After such a spectacle and so many overtakes, the winner was Paul Aron, who took his second victory of the season in France and redeemed himself after the unlucky weekend in Monaco, where he had no points. Prema Racing secured a one-two finish as championship leader Dino Beganovic battled with his team-mate for the lead until the very last lap after starting from pole position.
“It was a fantastic race. said Paul Aron. “I had a difficult weekend in Monaco where I was also unlucky, but we redeemed ourselves with an exceptional victory. Dino and I had a great duel, both for us in the car and for the spectators. Today we saw that the push to pass makes races even more interesting and exciting. I am very happy with this victory. We have the right pace and we are also aiming for a good performance tomorrow.”
SECOND VICTORY OF THE SEASON FOR GABRIELE MINÌ AT PAUL RICARD
Two races and two different winners in the French rounds, Paul Aron and Gabriele Minì winning in the last race of the weekend.
The Italian driver, also author of the pole position, skilfully kept the lead of the race from start to finish, signing his second victory in the championship. Important points for the ART Grand Prix driver, to add to the two third places he took at Imola and Monaco. Series leader Dino Beganovic moved up a position after starting third and finished second, still making a good impression. The Prema Racing driver maintains an impressive pace and, in the eight races contested so far, has five second places and three victories. The podium is completed by Kas Haverkort author of an excellent performance.
“It was a very difficult race“said Gabriele Mini. “Dino was very fast behind me, and it was not easy to defend myself. I tried hard to manage the gap in the first and third sectors, and I’m very happy with this victory.”.
After this round, Dino Beganovic still leads the drivers’ championship with a considerable lead of 45 points over Gabriele Minì in 2n/a.
The Formula Regional by Alpine European Championship will be back on track on the weekend of June 17-19 for the fifth round of the season at Zandvoort.
Italian Formula 4 Championship
ANDREA KIMI ANTONELLI WINS HIS FIRST VICTORY AT MISANO
With the first race of the Italian F4 Championship at the Misano World Circuit, Andrea Kimi Antonelli takes the first victory in the championship.
The Prema Team driver, Junior Mercedes Driver, takes a hard-fought victory in a long duel with teammate Rafael Camara, Ferrari Driver Academy. The internal struggle between the two had already been staged in the first round at Imola. On this occasion the Brazilian won, this time it was the Italian driver, also representing ACI Team Italia on the track, who took the upper hand. Third, the Irishman Alexander Dunne, US Racing, taking advantage of the fight in the last corners between James Wharton and Charlie Wurz, thus spoiling the party for the four Prema Racing drivers who had dominated the lead.
SECOND VICTORY FOR ANTONELLI AND POKER BY PREMA
Race 2 of the Italian F4 Championship opens the second day of competition at ACI Racing Weekend Misano. Another start on pole for Andrea Kimi Antonelli, Prema Racing, Junior Mercedes and representative of ACI Team Italia, who won Race 1 yesterday.
Still imperfect at the start, the Bolognese lost the lead in the race to his teammate, the Austrian son of art, Charlie Wurz. Stubborn, Antonelli regained position thanks to a nice overtaking at the start of the race.
Race 2 loses one of the great contenders for the Championship: Alex Dunne, seeing his best lap yesterday canceled for not having slowed down in qualifying when the yellow flag was displayed, started from the back, but immediately struggles to get back in the group and is unable to finish the race.
RACE 3 GOES TO CAMARA AND IS THE NEW LEADER
Race 3 concludes the ACI Racing Weekend at Misano World Circuit, an almost perfect weekend for Andrea Kimi Antonelli, who failed to take his third victory due to a final error in the safety car restart , after dominating the race.
The last winner of the weekend was Rafael Camara, the Brazilian driver of Prema Racing, supported by the Ferrari Driver Academy. Marcus Amand, author of a good race, third with a good blow in the final stages of the race, brings US Racing back to the podium at Misano in a weekend more favorable to Prema Racing. Martinius Stenshorne, Van Amersfoort Racing, completes the Rookie podium in P3 with Camara and Antonelli.
After round 2, Rafael Camara regained the championship lead with 102 pts, followed by Alex Dunne at 79 pts, while Andrea Kimi Antonelli returned to the race with 69 pts. 4th Kacper Sztuka at 56 pts, 5th James Wharton at 54 pts, Marcus Amand 6th at 49 pts, followed by Martinius Stenshorne at 44 pts. 8th Charlie Wurz at 42 pts, 9th Nikita Bedrin at 29 pts, completes the top 10 Conrad Laursen at 26 pts.
The next round of the Italian Formula 4 Championship will take place at Spa Francorchamps from June 17 to 19, 2022.