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Race Report


Circuit: RedBull Ring (A), Length 4,326 km, 12th/13th/14th July 2019

Giorgio Carrara (ARG), Jonny Edgar (GB), Emidio Pesce (I), Axel Gnos (CH)


Carrara wins, Edgar best Rookie at RedBull Ring

The fourth of seven racing events in the Italian FIA Formula 4 Championship took place at the interestingly challenging RedBull Ring near Zeltweg in Austria. After participating in the German F4 ADAC Championship race here in June, we were back with high expectations. The races can be watched live on sporttube tv. (see website).

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Saturday, 13/07/19, 11.20 – 12.00, Weather: Overcast, 16°C

The rules allow for two qualifying sessions of 15 minutes, with a 10-minute break in between. The Qualifying 1 times determine the grid for Race 1 and the times from Qualifying 2 determine the grid for Race 2. The starting order for Race 3 is based on the second best lap time of each driver in either of the two qualifying sessions.

The first session went according to plan, but the second session was suspended before it was less than half complete. Because of the rule requiring no engines be run between noon and 1 pm we couldn't restart! The cars stayed in the pitlane, and at 1:02 pm the second qualifying session restarted to complete the remaining 8 minutes! Our drivers did their best.

Results Qualifying 1 & Grid for Race One
1st Roman Stanek (D) US Racing 1:30.365
2nd Paul Aron (EST) Prema 1:30.558
3rd Niklas Krütten (D) Van Amersfoort 1:30.816
4th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport 1:30.844
10th Jonny Edgar (GB) Jenzer Motorsport 1:31.149
20th Axel Gnos (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:31.597
30th Emidio Pesce (I) Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.684

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Results Qualifying 2 & Grid for Race Two
1st Niklas Krütten (D) Van Amersfoort 1:30.674
2nd Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport 1:30.723
3rd Jesse Salmenautio (FIN) DRZ Benelli 1:30.741
4th Jonny Edgar (GB) Jenzer Motorsport 1:30.765
22nd Axel Gnos (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.194
26th Emidio Pesce (I) Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.551

Edgar, Jenzer, RBR 2019 9223 Jenzer, RBR2019 8741

Grid for Race Three
1st Roman Stanek (D) US Racing 1:30.365
2nd Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport 1:30.781
3rd Paul Aron (EST) Prema 1:30.804
10th Jonny Edgar (GB) Jenzer Motorsport 1:31.151
20th Axel Gnos (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.044
30th Emidio Pesce (I) Jenzer Motorsport 1:33.412


FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race One (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Saturday, 13/07/19, 17.55, Weather: Overcast, 18°C

The first race started very late in the afternoon. The first lap was wild with accidents occurring in two different places and the Safety Car had to be deployed. Giorgio, who was 3rd at the time, had also had an excursion into the gravel, but he was able to continue though he had of course lost a lot of places. Giorgio started a strong race to catch up and even set the fastest lap time of the race as he moved up to 15th, but then he ran wide and lost several places again. By the end he crossed the finish line in 19th place. Jonny was already in 8th place, but was taken by surprise at the restart and dropped back to 10th, where he had to fight off Petecof and Rasmussen, managing to defend his 10th place until the end. This also meant that he was 3rd in the Rookie classification. Axel dropped back at the start, but made up for his lost place with several overtaking manoeuvres, to finish an eventful race in 18th place. Emidio had to avoid an accident after the start and by charging through the gravel got his tyres dirty. This made it difficult to drive fast again immediately. He went off the track again, but then managed to bring the car home undamaged in 27th place. After the race Petecof was handed a 5 second penalty, which moved Jonny one place forward.

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Race One Results
1st Paul Aron (EST) Prema 31:47.714  
2nd Niklas Krütten (D) Van Amersfoort Gap 0.768
3rd Joshua Durksen (PRY) Mücke Gap 2.321
9th Jonny Edgar (GB) Jenzer Motorsport    
18th Axel Gnos (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
19th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport    
27th Emidio Pesce (I) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Giorgio Carrara (ARG) in 1:31.200

Jenzer, RBR 2019 0846 Jenzer, RBR 2019 2452

FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race Two (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 14/07/19, 10.35, Weather: Overcast, 17°C

Black clouds were building and the first raindrops started to fall, but the rain didn’t come. After the start there were more accidents and again the Safety Car was deployed. Unfortunately, Emidio was involved as well. His car was damaged and that unfortunately meant his race was over immediately. After the restart Giorgio was in 4th place, Jonny was 7th and Axel was 20th. The race was tough, and anyone who wanted to overtake had to take some big risks, because the track was very dirty off the ideal racing line. There was another accident towards the end of the race, and the Safety Car was deployed again. At the restart, Giorgio tried to attack for 3rd place, but he couldn’t make it stick. He went wide and dropped back to 8th. Jonny had to dodge an incident at the restart and was glad to get back onto the track again and to reach the finish line in 7th place. This meant that he was the best rookie in the race, and thus the winner of the rookie podium. Axel fought hard for positions throughout the race and managed to improve up to 16th.

Race Two Results
1st Dennis Hauger (NOR) Van Amersfoort 32:04:635  
2nd Niklas Krütten (D) Van Amersfoort Gap 0.209
3rd Jesse Salmenautio (FIN) DRZ Benelli Gap 0.681
7th Jonny Edgar (GB) Jenzer Motorsport    
8th Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport    
16th Axel Gnos (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
DNF: Emidio Pesce (I) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Dennis Hauger (NOR) in 1:31.362

Jenzer, RBR2019 0881

FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race Three (28 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 14/07/19, 17.05, Weather: Overcast, 15°C

Black clouds started building up first, but then for the race the sun came out. Giorgio made a perfect start and immediately took the lead from 2nd position on the grid. He managed to drive fast immediately, so that Hauger and Aron, who tried to chase him down, were given no opportunity to attack him. Throughout the race, Giorgio was in control, and Hauger, who had also opened a small gap to the rest of the field, was never in a position to launch an attack. Giorgio drove hard to claim a great start to finish win. Jonny also managed a good start, then started overtaking but made contact with another car, running off track which cost him several places. During the race he made up a few positions and finally crossed the finish line in 14th place. Axel drove his best race this weekend and improved steadily. He took the chequered flag just in front of Jonny in 13th place. Emidio also managed to steadily improve his position during the race and finished in 25th place.

The fifth race meeting of the Italian Formula championship is scheduled after the summer break for the weekend of 1st September 2019 at Imola (I).

Race Three Results
1st Giorgio Carrara (ARG) Jenzer Motorsport 32:59.731  
2nd Dennis Hauger (NOR) Van Amersfoort Gap 0.386
3rd Paul Aron (EST) Prema Gap 1.319
13th Axel Gnos (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
14th Jonny Edgar (GB) Jenzer Motorsport    
25th Emidio Pesce (I) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Gianluca Petecof (BRA) in 1:30.963

Carrara, Jenzer, RBR 2019 3177 Carrara, Jenzer, RBR 2019 3123

Championship Standings

FIA F4 Italian Championship 2019 after 12 races:
1st Gianluca Petecof (BRA), 169 points; 2nd Dennis Hauger (NOR), 165 points; 3rd Paul Aron (EST), 92 points; 4. Joshua Durksen (PRY), 87 points; 5. Niklas Krütten (D), 77 points; 6. William Alatalo (FIN), 74 points; 12. Giorgio Carrara (ARG), 37 points; 13th Jonny Edgar (GB), 31 points; 21st Axel Gnos (CH), 2 points

1st Joshua Durksen (PRY), 171 points; 2nd Paul Aron (EST), 155 points; 3rd Jonny Edgar (GB), 124 points; 4th Roman Stanek (CZE), 116 points; 5th Daniel Vebster (S), 109 points; 6th Roee Meyuhas (ISR), 80 points; 7th Axel Gnos (CH), 49 points; 15th Emidio Pesce (I), 18 points

Giorgio Carrara (ARG)

Jonny Edgar (GB)

Axel Gnos (CH)

Emidio Pesce (I)

© Photo Pellegrini

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Giorgio Carrara (ARG)

Jonny Edgar (GB)

Axel Gnos (CH)

Emidio Pesce (I)

© Photo Pellegrini


3rd/5th May Vallelunga (I)  
17th/19th May Misano (I)  
5th/7th July Hungaroring (HU)  
12th/14th July</td> RedBull Ring (A)  
30th August/1st September Imola (I)  
4th/6th October Mugello (I)  
18th/20th October Monza (I)  

Carrara, Jenzer, RBR 2019 3208 

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