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Race Report


Circuit: Vallelunga (I), Length 4.085 km, 1st – 3rd July 2022

Ethan Ischer (CH), Valentin Kluss (D)

Kluss shines in Vallelunga

The third of seven meetings in the Italian FIA Formula 4 Championship took place on the technical track of Vallelunga (I) at the gates of Rome. With 38 competitors present for the meeting, their expectations were as high as could be ahead of the start.

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Saturday, 02/07/22, 10.30 – 11.10, Weather: Sunny, 24°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 2nd best lap time of each driver in either of the two qualifying sessions.

Results Qualifying 1 & Grid for Race One
1st Kimi Antonelli (I) Prema 1:34.390
2nd Rafael Camara (BRA) Prema 1:34.539
3rd Charlie Wurz (A) Prema 1:34.707
21st Valentin Kluss (D) Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.796
27th Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.438

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Results Qualifying 2 & Grid for Race Two
1st Kimi Antonelli (I) Prema 1:34.275
2nd Rafael Camara (BRA) Prema 1.34.409
3rd Kacper Sztuka (POL) US 1:34.585
18th Valentin Kluss (D) Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.377
24th Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.819

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Grid for Race Three
1st Kimi Antonelli (I) Prema 1:34.437
2nd Rafael Camara (BRA) Prema 1:34.471
3rd Charlie Wurz (A) Prema 1:34.678
21st Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.449
24th Valentin Kluss (D) Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.875

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FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race One (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Saturday, 02/07/22, 15.10, Weather: Sunny, 37°C

On Saturday afternoon the first race of the weekend started in blistering heat. Valentin had a good start and made up one place straight away. He steadily improved his position as the race progressed. After a safety car phase he was taken by surprised and lost a few places. But finally he brought his race car safely to the finish line in 16th place. Ethan got off to a good start and managed to make up several places. After the restart, he managed to hold on to his place and to advance further until the end. He crossed the finish line in 23rd place after a tough race.

Race One Results
1st Kimi Antonelli (I) Prema 32:29.421  
2nd Rafael Camara (BRA) Prema Gap 2.184
3rd James Wharton (AUS) Parma Gap 3.789
16th Valentin Kluss (D) Jenzer Motorsport    
23rd Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Kimi Antonelli (I) in 1:34.963

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FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race Two (30 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 03/07/22, 09.00, Weather: Sunny, 30°C

Sunday started again sunny and hot. Although Valentin lost a place after the start, he then steadily worked his way up the field. Valentin managed very good lap times and, after a hard race, achieved a very good 14th place. Ethan couldn't get away at the start and almost had to let the entire field pass him until he got going. Then he set off on a courageous race to catch up the positions. He managed to get back up to 22nd place in a field of 37 drivers. His lap times were also very good and a lot more could have been possible with a better start.

Race Two Results
1st Kimi Antonelli (I) Prema 31:52.648  
2nd Taylor Barnard (GBR) PHM Gap 5.780
3rd Charlie Wurz (A) Prema Gap 2.301
14th Valentin Kluss (D) Jenzer Motorsport    
22nd Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Kimi Antonelli (I) in 1:34.755

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FIA Formula 4 Italian Championship

Race Three (28 minutes + 1 lap)

Sunday, 03/07/22, 14.00, Weather: Sunny, 37°C

The third race of the weekend took place in the blistering afternoon heat. Valentin got off to a good start and changed positions with Karlsson a few times. Then he asserted himself and managed to move up a few more places. Valentin then held 15th place for a large part of the race and also brought it safely to the finish line. Ethan had a good start this time, but then had to avoid an accident, went wide and lost several places. He then managed to improve lap after lap and finally crossed the finish line in 20th place.

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The fifth race meeting of the Italian Formula championship is scheduled for the weekend of 11th September at the Red Bull Ring (A).

Race Three Results
1st Kimi Antonelli (I) Prema 31:39.657  
2nd Rafael Camara (BRA) Prema Gap 1.207
3rd James Wharton (AUS) Prema Gap 4.939
15th Valentin Kluss (D) Jenzer Motorsport    
20th Ethan Ischer (CH) Jenzer Motorsport    
Fastest lap: Kimi Antonelli (I) in 1:35.199

Ethan Ischer (CH)

Valentin Kluss (D)

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Championship Standings

FIA F4 Italian Championship 2022 after 12 races:
1st Kimi Antonelli (I), 219 points; 2nd Rafael Camara (BRA), 183 points; 3rd Alexander Dunne (IRL), 132 points; 4th James Wharton (AUS), 112 points; 5th Charlie Wurz (A), 104 points; 6th Kacper Sztuka (POL), 88 points

1st Kimi Antonelli (I), 228 points; 2nd Rafael Camara (BRA), 207 points; 3rd James Wharton (AUS), 154 points; 13th Valentin Kluss (D), 14 points; 17th Ethan Ischer (CH), 3 points


06/07/08 May Imola (I)  
03/04/05 June Misano (I)  
17/18/19 June Spa (B)  
01/02/03 July Vallelunga (I)  
09/10/11 September RedBull Ring (A)  
07/08/09 October Monza (I)  
21/22/23 October Mugello (I)  

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