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Barter betters Tsolov for Spanish F4 Valencia race three pole

by Ida Wood

Photo: Spanish F4

Hugh Barter will start from pole position for the final Spanish Formula 4 race of the weekend at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit.

The Campos Racing driver pipped points leader and team-mate Nikola Tsolov by 0.017 seconds in Sunday morning’s qualifying session, with the pair only truly featuring at the top of the times late on.

At first it was Formula de Campeones’ Max Mayer and MP Motorsport’s Christian Ho that were trading the fastest lap, before Drivex School’s Bruno del Pino went over half a second faster than anyone else.

Ho reduced the margin to four tenths with nine minutes remaining of qualifying, before del Pino was usurped by MP’s Kirill Smal and Miron Pingasov, who were just 0.044 seconds apart.

Georg Kelstrup then put Campos on top by becoming the first driver to set a lap in the 1m35s, and he was then bettered by Barter. The Australian was only in first place for 10s though, as Drivex’s Gael Julien put himself on provisional pole by 0.605s.

At this point Alvaro Garcia, driving for the local Formula de Campeones team, and Tsolov were the only two drivers yet to set a lap and those who were on track were improving their pace with each lap when avoiding traffic.

Nobody was able to get near Julien’s pace for a while, although new Campos signing Manuel Espirito Santo did go faster than him with his first flying lap but had exceeded track limits so it ended up being deleted, and thenext change at the top came with six-and-a-half minutes to go as del Pino broke into the 1m34s.

Smal was next to go ahead, setting a 1m34.556s, and he was at the top until team-mate Timoteusz Kucharcyzk went 0.164s quicker with just under four minutes remaining. Tsolov had now headed on track and got himself up to ninth place, but with his third flying lap he leapt straight up to pole position.

Barter immediately bettered him by 0.022s, but Tsolov responded only for Barter to outdo him again and this time by 0.017s. That ended up being the battle for pole done, with Kucharczyk third, Kelstrup fourth and Espirito Santo jumping up to fifth with a lap that did stand. He was among five drivers who were warned for track limits abuse.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Hugh Barter Campos Racing 1m34.053s 9
2 Nikola Tsolov Campos Racing 1m34.070s +0.017s 9
3 Timoteusz Kucharczyk MP Motorsport 1m34.392s +0.339s 9
4 Georg Kelstrup Campos Racing 1m34.418s +0.365s 9
5 Manuel Espirito Santo Campos 1m34.423s +0.370s 9
6 Kirill Smal MP Motorsports 1m34.499s +0.446s 9
7 Bruno del Pino Drivex School 1m34.509s +0.456s 10
8 Gael Julien Drivex School 1m34.649s +0.596s 10
9 Christian Ho MP Motorsport 1m34.662s +0.609s 9
10 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport 1m34.667s +0.614s 9
11 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak MP Motorsport 1m34.682s +0.629s 9
12 Filip Jenic Campos Racing 1m34.688s +0.635s 9
13 Vladislav Ryabov GRS 1m34.783s +0.730s 9
14 Anshul Gandhi Cram Motorsport 1m34.794s +0.741s 9
15 Sebastian Gravlund MP Motorsports 1m34.852s +0.799s 9
16 Miron Pingasov MP Motorsports 1m34.886s +0.833s 9
17 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsports 1m34.911s +0.858s 9
18 Robert de Haan Monlau Motorsport 1m34.924s +0.871s 9
19 Max Mayer Formula de Campeones 1m34.925s +0.872s 10
20 Daniel Macia Teo Martin Motorsport 1m35.117s +1.064s 9
21 Ricardo Escotto Cram Motorsport 1m35.248s +1.195s 9
22 Jef Machiels Monlau Motorsport 1m35.358s +1.305s 9
23 Lola Lovinfosse Teo Martin Motorsport 1m35.369s +1.316s 9
24 Max Arkhangelskiy Drivex School 1m35.371s +1.318s 9
25 Daniel Nogales Teo Martin Motorsport 1m35.469s +1.416s 9
26 Alvaro Garcia Formula de Campeones 1m36.610s +2.557s 3
27 Ricardo Gracia GRS 1m37.196s +3.144s 9