James Wharton sets the pace in the first practice session at Spa-Francorchamps

The young talents of the Italian F.4 Championship are put to the test at the University of Motorsport for the start of the third round


Spa-Francorchamps welcomes the third round of the Italian F.4 Championship certified by FIA with sunny weather. This morning saw the first on-track action with Free Practice 1 for the single-seater series promoted by ACI Sport and WSK Promotion. Australian Ferrari Driver Academy, James Wharton, from Prema Racing, sets the fastest lap time of 2:22.085 on the 7.004-meter Ardennes circuit.

The second fastest time is set by Polish driver Kacper Sztuka from US Racing, with a gap of +0.125. In the first session, the Belgian track seems to favor the more experienced drivers of the series who had the opportunity to tackle the challenging ups and downs of Spa last year. Arvid Lindblad, the current leader in the driver's standings, junior Red Bull driver for Prema Racing, secures the third position in the first session with a gap of +0.485, showing a great ability to quickly adapt to the track. Fourth place goes to Italian driver Brando Badoer from Van Amersfoort Racing, with a gap of +0.516, followed by Ugo Ugochukwu, the McLaren junior driver from Prema, with a gap of +0.571.

Portuguese driver Ivan Domingues, representing Van Amersfoort Racing, sets the sixth fastest time with a gap of +0.573, followed by his Brazilian teammate from the Alpine Academy, Mattheus Ferreira. Ferreira records a gap of +0.761 and secures the seventh fastest lap. Zachary David, the Maltese-Filipino driver from US Racing, takes eighth place in the first session with a gap of 0.768. The top 10 is completed by Emirati driver Rashid Al Dhaheri from Prema Racing with the Yas Heat livery, and French driver Raphael Narac from R-ace GP, with gaps of 0.838 and 0.851, respectively.


The drivers will be back on track for another 40-minute free practice session at 17:15. Saturday, May 27th, will feature the official practice sessions, with two 15-minute sessions, separated by a 10-minute break in the pit lane. Qualifying will begin at 9:50. Race 1, lasting 30 minutes + 1 lap, will start on Saturday at 14:30. Sunday, May 28th, will see Race 2 (30 minutes + 1 lap) starting at 10:35, followed by Race 3 (30 minutes + 1 lap) at 17:20, which will conclude the weekend.

All three races of the weekend will be broadcast live with English commentary on the Italian F.4 Championship's YouTube and Facebook pages, as well as on Motorsport TV (https://eu.motorsport.tv/). They will also be aired with Italian commentary on ACI Sport TV (Sky channel 228), on www.acisport.it, and on the Facebook page @acisporttv.