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Barter takes French F4 win at Magny-Cours ahead of fierce podium fight

by Peter Allen

Photo: Roger Gascoigne

Hugh Barter continued his strong start to 2022 with a lights-to-flag win in the first French Formula 4 race at Magny-Cours.

Barter made a great start from pole position to lead clearly into the first corner while Elliott Vayron beat Dario Cabanelas into second place.

Vayron soon caught up with Barter, forcing him to go defensive into the Lycee complex at the end of lap two, but the leader was then able to start pulling away.

Barter was more than two seconds clear at one point as Vayron came under pressure from behind, though his final winning margin was only 1.2s.

The most action came in an intense battle over the final podium place between Cabanelas and Lorens Lecertua.

Lecertua got ahead in the early stages with Cabanelas attempting to fight back into the Adelaide hairpin only for his rival to stay ahead by cutting the Nurburgring chicane.

Cabanelas eventually got back past at the halfway stage, with both chasing Vayron at that point.

Positions briefly switched again in the last five minutes when Cabanelas got wide in the long Estoril right-hander, though the Swiss driver once again fought back into Adelaide.

One lap later they made contact in Estoril that damaged Lecertua’s front wing and sent him through the gravel trap. Cabanelas came off worse though, sustaining a rear-right puncture that forced him to pit. The contact is under investigation.

Red Bull and Honda junior Souta Arao picked up the pieces to take third ahead of Alessandro Giusti with Lecertua finishing fifth ahead of Jeronimo Berrio.

Enzo Peugeot put in a great drive from 13th to take seventh in front of Edgar Pierre, Louis Pelet and Yuto Nomura.

Race result
Pos Driver Time
1 Hugh Barter 13 laps
2 Elliott Vayron +1.230s
3 Souta Arao +1.544s
4 Alessandro Giusti +3.148s
5 Lorens Lecertua +5.993s
6 Jeronimo Berrio +6.272s
7 Enzo Peugeot +6.737s
8 Edgar Pierre +7.748s
9 Louis Pelet +8.049s
10 Yuto Nomura +8.526s
11 Pierre-Alexandre Provost +10.101s
12 Romain Andriolo +12.547s
13 Enzo Geraci +14.745s
14 Mateo Villagomez +19.609s
15 Max Reis +23.827s
16 Pablo Sarrazin +24.890s
17 Leny Reveillere +25.714s
18 Pol Lopez +26.091s
19 Enzo Richer +36.238s
20 Amir Sayed +40.436s
21 Luciano Morano +1m19.185s
22 Antoine Fernande +2m05.208s
23 Valentino Mini +1 lap
Ret Dario Cabanelas
Fastest lap: Cabanelas, 1m41.264s

Championship standings
 Barter 135   Arao 88   3 Giusti 77   4 Vayron 66   5 Provost 36   6 Cabanelas 35   7 Peugeot 34   8 Geraci 31   9 Lecertua 28   10 Nomura 24