Italian F4

Baiz Wins Lights-to-Flag Final as Siebert leaves Adria with Points Lead

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After maintaining his lead off the line, Venezuelan Mauricio Baiz won the Final Italian F4 race of the weekend. The win elevated him to third in the overall standings with his two wins at Adria allowing the Mucke Motorsports driver to mount a serious title challenge.

With a number of his main challengers out of position, Baiz made the most of the clean start, quickly building a slight gap over Marcos Siebert in the opening lap. From there he maintained his advantage until the safety car was deployed at lap 20. The race ended before it was restarted, allowing him to comfortably cross the line.

Crossing the line in second was Ye Yifei. The Chinese driver kept up his record of finishing second in every race this weekend, even if he’d been excluded from race two for being underweight. The exclusion had meant that he started from seventh place, but another sublime drive through the field saw him pass second place Siebert with only a few laps to go.

Siebert would eventually claim the final podium place, maintaining his championship lead as Baiz crossed the line first. One driver who’d suffered after a single poor qualifying race was Raul Guzman. Another less than adequate getaway meant he dropped from fifth to seventh in the first few corners. He eventually recovered his original grid position, but was unable to get past fourth placed Joao Viera.

Behind them, Richard Verschoor completed an outstanding first weekend in Italian F4 after he picked up a third in race two and another sixth, this time in the final. After finishing on the podium for his previous two Adria races, Simione Cunati may be slightly disappointed with only seventh as Marino Sato rounded out the top eight.

The contact between Giuliano Raucci and Artem Petrov put an early end to the weekend as it’s becoming an increasingly South American dominated front of the grid. The next round will be at Imola, on May 29.

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