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A 10th win for Tsolov in Spanish F4’s second Aragon race

by Ida Wood

Photo: Spanish F4

Alpine Academy affiliate Nikola Tsolov has reached 10 victories for the year in Spanish Formula 4 after winning the second race at Motorland Aragon.

It was not an easy success for Tsolov, as he was passed at turn two on the opening lap by Campos Racing team-mate Hugh Barter. However the change of positions was only for a moment as Tsolov kept around Barter’s outside and edged back past.

Over the rest of the opening lap he built up a 1.1-second lead, a gap which was trimmed down by a few tenths as Barter set fastest lap in the mirrors of his team-mate.

A safety car period brought them right onto each other for the final three laps of the race, and also brought a new name into third place.

MP Motorsport’s Kirill Smal had initially been in third ahead of Campos’s Filip Jenic, but he was then passed by Monlau Motorsport’s Robert de Haan and MP’s Timoteusz Kucharczyk. On lap three, de Haan dived down the inside of Smal at the end of the long back straight but misjudged his entry and his out-of-control car slammed into the side of Smal and put both out of the race.

Kucharczyk made the most of being promoted into third place after that, as he kept with the top two on the restart lap and then made a lunge – in similar fashion to de Haan’s – on Barter on the penultimate lap. Barter left enough room to avoid a collision and briefly dropped to third before reclaiming second place as they restarted the final lap.

That battle freed Tsolov up front, guaranteeing him victory, and Kucharczyk then repeated his move on the last tour. This time he made it stick for second place, and Jenic even got onto Barter’s gearbox as they met the chequered flag.

Monlau’s Martinius Stenshorne finished fifth, and MP’s Valerio Rinicella made a move at the end of the race to take sixth from Campos’s Manuel Espirito Santo.

Race result
Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Nikola Tsolov Campos Racing 9 laps
2 Timoteusz Kucharzyck MP Motorsport +3.245s
3 Hugh Barter Campos Racing +3.378s
4 Filip Jenic Campos Racing +3.901s
5 Martinius Stenshorne Monlau Motorsport +4.599s
6 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport +5.367s
7 Manuel Espirito Santo Campos Racing +5.574s
8 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsport +6.871s
9 Christian Ho MP Motorsport +7.202s
10 Daniel Nogales Drivex School +9.542s
11 Georg Kelstrup Campos Racing +9.568s
12 Ricardo Escotto Cram Motorsport +10.283s
13 Bruno del Pino Drivex School +11.999s
14 Gael Julien Drivex School +12.572s
15 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak MP Motorsport +13.990s
16 Max Arkhangelskiy Drivex School +14.705s
17 Sebastian Gravlund MP Motorsport +15.498s
18 Jef Machiels Monlau Motorsport +16.413s
19 Vladislav Ryabov GRS +18.867s
20 Theodor Jensen Sainteloc Racing +19.069s
21 Max Mayer Formula de Campeones +19.246s
22 Daniel Mavlutov GRS +19.747s
23 Theophile Nael Sainteloc Racing +20.301s
24 Noah Lisle JHR Developments +1m15.419s
25 Alvaro Garcia Formula de Campeones
Ret Kirill Smal MP Motorsport
Ret Robert de Haan Monlau Motorsport
Ret Miron Pingasov MP Motorsport
Fastest lap: Tsolov, 2m01.366s

Championship standings
1 Tsolov 275   2 Barter 153   3 Kucharczyk 138   4 Kelstrup 91   5 Smal 86   6 Jenic 64   7 Zanfari 63   8 Rinicella 58   9 Inthraphuvasak 56   10 Espirito Santo 50