Christchurch’s Marcus Armstrong is the 2017 Italian Formula 4 champion after finishing second, taking enough points and securing the title in the opening race of the final round at Monza, Italy.
Under cloudy skies and the temperature just under 20 degrees, Armstrong (Prema Power Team) – from pole position, got away well off the line and immediately built up an advantage over the chasing pack.
On the sixth lap, following contact between the Argentine Giorgio Carrara and the Italian Federico Malvestiti, both driving for Jenzer Motorsport, the Safety Car entered the circuit. When the track was cleared, Artem Petrov (DR Formula), who in the first part of the race had moved from 4th to 2nd passing the Ducthman Job Van Uitert (Jenzer Motorsport) and the Italian Lorenzo Colombo (Bhaitech), got by Armstrong also to lead the race, where he would remain until the chequered flag.
The battle for second place was between Armstrong and Van Uitert (who mounted a great recovery from 9th on the first lap after leaving the circuit at Ascari): with the battle won by the former who thereby took the necessary points to win the championship.