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Barter fends off Tsolov to win Spanish F4 race one at Aragon

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Spanish F4

Campos Racing’s Hugh Barter fended off team-mate and championship leader Nikola Tsolov to claim victory in Spanish Formula 4’s first race at Motorland Aragon.

A good getaway allowed Barter to take the lead off the line from his pole-sitting team-mate. Meanwhile, MP Motorsport’s Timoteusz Kucharczyk dropped from third to 15th as he was unable to get going when the lights went out.

It was an eventful opening lap in the middle of the pack. Global Racing Service’s Vladislav Ryabov was hit from behind and spun round, and Drivex Schools’s Max Arkhangelskiy lost his front wing as he hit the car in front trying to avoid Ryabov. MP’s Manuel Espirito Santo ended up in the wall at the chicane heading into the back straight, while his team-mates Christian Ho, Suleiman Zanfari and Valerio Rinicella all came into the pits and retired at the end of the lap.

The race progressed and Tsolov, who had stayed within a second of Barter, started to put pressure on the Australian for the lead. Unfortunately, the safety car was then brought out to clear the car of GRS’s debutant Daniel Mavlyutov, who had flipped over twice following contact with with MP’s Miron Pingasov after an off and had stopped on track.

The race resumed with just seconds on the clock, which meant there would be two more laps. A slow restart from Tsolov gave MP’s Kirill Smal a chance to go for a move into the inside of turn one. However, Tsolov would hold on, and quickly close the gap to Barter again, coming close to overtaking him in the last corner.

Monlau Motorsport’s Robert de Haan finished fourth, just ahead of the recovering Kucharczyk who climbed up the field with strong pace after his initial setback. De Haan’s debuting team-mate Martinius Stenshorne was sixth, followed by Campos’ George Kelstrup, Sainteloc Racing’s first-time scorer Theophile Nael, Cram Motorsport’s Ricardo Escotto and new Drivex signing Daniel Nogales.

Race result
Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Hugh Barter Campos Racing 13 laps
2 Nikola Tsolov Campos Racing +0.386s
3 Kirill Smal MP Motorsport +1.650s
4 Robert de Haan Monlau Motorsport +1.935s
5 Timoteusz Kucharzyck MP Motorsport +5.213s
6 Martinius Stenshorne Monlau Motorsport +5.927s
7 Georg Kelstrup Campos Racing +6.374s
8 Theophile Nael Sainteloc Racing +6.788s
9 Ricardo Escotto Cram Motorsport +8.026s
10 Daniel Nogales Drivex School +8.684s
11 Max Mayer Formula de Campeones +9.145s
12 Noah Lisle JHR Developments +10.723s
13 Jef Machiels Monlau Motorsport +12.606s
14 Max Arkhangelskiy Drivex School +12.953s
15 Theodor Jensen Sainteloc Racing +17.475s
16 Sebastian Gravlund MP Motorsport +29.075s
17 Filip Jenic Campos Racing +35.068s
18 Vladislav Ryabov GRS +1 lap
Ret Gael Julien Drivex School
Ret Miron Pingasov MP Motorsport
Ret Daniel Mavlyutov GRS
Ret Bruno del Pino Drivex
Ret Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak MP Motorsport
Ret Alvaro Garcia Formula de Campeones
Ret Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport
Ret Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsport
Ret Christian Ho MP Motorsport
Ret Manuel Espirito Santo Campos Racing
Fastest lap: Tsolov, 2m01.798s

Championship standings
1 Tsolov 259   2 Barter 143   3 Kucharczyk 126   4 Kelstrup 91   5 Smal 86   6 Zanfari 62   7 Inthraphuvasak 56   8 Jenic 56   9 Rinicella 54   10 Espirito Santo 48