Iron Lynx returned to the Italian Formula 4 Championship at Imola this weekend, a month since the last championship rounds at Vallelunga.

Saturday qualifying saw encouraging progress, with Leonardo Fornaroli securing three first-row starts. Rookies Pietro Armanni and Maya Weug had also taken a step forward and were well-placed among their fellow first-season competition.

Saturday’s Race one saw Maya Weug with a problem at the start, and while challenging hard for second place, Leonardo Fornaroli suffered a technical failure which put him out of the race. All hopes turned to Pietro Armanni, who gained six places from his grid slot during the race to finish seventh overall and fourth of the rookies, his best finish of the year and his first points scored.

Race two on Sunday was a much more satisfying outing for Leonardo, who soaked up the pressure of two safety car restarts to finish a competitive second place by less than three tenths, with fastest lap for good measure. While Maya landed sixth rookie, it was once again Pietro Armanni who excelled himself, taking ninth place and his first podium as a rookie in third place.

In the final race, Maya Weug made the best from her eleventh-place grid slot and was holding eighth position (and a rookie third) before being hit at the Variante Alta and taken out of contention. Pietro had a more challenging race, coming home as ninth-placed rookie. Leonardo meanwhile, recovered well from a poor start to race back into third position and be on the heels of the battle for the lead before a red flag ended the race. It was another good points haul from the young Italian, who is now second in the drivers’ championship.

Iron Lynx team principal, Andrea Piccini, commented: “Italian Formula 4 is a highly competitive series, and we are very encouraged to have returned to the podium both in the overall championship and the rookie standings. We have reached this position through considerable development work behind the scenes, and hard work from the drivers, which showed particularly for Pietro as he scored his best results of the year, as well as his first points. Maya has proved her resilience and suffered from a number of setbacks that were not her fault – we could have easily seen her on the podium in race three. However, Leonardo fought back from first-race disappointment and his double podium is the perfect reward for his hard work, and for the efforts of the whole team.”

Iron Lynx will compete in the GT World Challenge 24 Hours of Spa next weekend and will be back on track in Formula 4 at the ADAC Championship round at the Nürburgring in two weeks.