DR Formula’s Felipe Branquinho claimed today a Rookie podium finish at Imola, in the first race of the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth round five.
Brazilian youngster, who qualified 16th, had a good pace and took the second position in his class till the last lap, when he lost one place to finish third.
After a difficult qualifying session, his team mate Artem Petrov started from the sixth row of the grid. The 17-year-old Russian driver tried to recover but was slowed by various safety car periods and took a top ten finish altough he went off into the gravel during the battle.
In Q2 Petrov set the 14th quickest lap, whilst Branquinho finished on P18.
Race two begins tomorrow – Sunday 10th – at 8:15 am. Race three gets underway at 5:00 pm. Both the races are live streamed at www.acisport.it.