DR Formula driver Artem Petrov claimed his maiden win in the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth this afternoon, in the first race of the last round of the season at the Monza circuit.
The young Russian racer, led from the fifth lap to flag to take his first series victory, after a brilliant Friday’s qualifying, when he set the second time in the second session, 42 milliseconds behind the pole position.
Petrov made today a strong start from the second row of the grid, jumping from fourth to second in the opening lap. Later, the 17-year-old driver battled with the championship leader Marcus Armstrong. At the fifth lap Petrov took the first place he would never lose, managing to extend his gap to 5.895 seconds over the Kiwi driver.
Speaking about this victory, team manager Danilo Rossi said, “I’m really happy with this result. We faced a lot of adversity and misfortunes this year, but despite it, we earned several podium finishes and this stunning victory. We are also delighted Petrov will start race two from second.”
Unfortunately his team Felipe Branquinho was forced to retire with damage to his front tyre as he was involved in a first turn contact with another car. The Brazilian driver, who started third in the Rookie class, impressed in the first part of the weekend and he will try to bounce back in race two.
The second race of 28 minutes plus one lap gets underway tomorrow morning at 9:20, whilst race three starts at 16:10. Live streaming on www.acisport.it.