DR Formula enjoyed a strong outing in Monza, as Artem Petrov claimed two victories in the last round of the Italian F4 Championship powered by Abarth.
After having won the Saturday’s race one, the 17-year-old Russian driver led the field on race two this morning almost from start to flag. Lining up in second, Petrov stormed to the first place in the very opening lap after a start behind the safety car due to the wet condition. The DR Formula racer extended his gap to more than 15 seconds over the second placed Job Van Uitert, that let him to overcome the five-second penalty he was handed for cutting the chicane.
In the same circumstance, his team mate Felipe Branquinho managed to take a podium finish. Brazilian driver had his revenge after the retirement of race one and finished third in the Rookie class.
Different story in race three, with Petrov starting from fourth. The Russian racer made another strong start to take the second place. On lap two, at the Roggia bend, he took the lead, battling with Van Uitert and the 2017 champion Marcus Armstrong.
A contact with Armstrong – who was penalized after the chequered flag – had the result of a front wing damage, that brought Petrov to go stright at the variante Ascari, hitting the Van Uitert car rejoying the track as the Dutch driver went wide pushed by Armstrong himself.
That forced Petrov to retire after five laps, whilst Branquinho spun at the Parabolica and stopped too, ending in a bad way a positive weekend for the Danilo Rossi’s squad.