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Colnaghi claims second Spanish F4 win in a row at Paul Ricard

by Ida Wood

Photo: F4 Spain

MP Motorsport’s Mattia Colnaghi won Spanish Formula 4 race two at Paul Ricard.

The second-best laptimes from Saturday’s qualifying session set the grid, with Colnaghi setting a 2m05.449s to take pole by 0.013 seconds. Filling the next three places were team-mates Maciej Gladysz, Keanu Al Azhari and Griffin Peebles, then the top seven was completed by Campos Racing’s Ernesto Rivera and James Egozi, and Drivex School’s Juan Cota.

Al Azhari took second from Gladysz on the opening lap, and exiting the final corner Monlau Motorsport’s Tim Gerhards spun and was collected by Sainteloc Racing’s Maxi Restrepo. Rodin Motorsport’s Preston Lambert then drove over the top of Restrepo’s car, and his car had to be hoisted away before Restrepo could vacate his cockpit. Thankfully the drivers were able to walk away unaided.

Red flags waved, and there was a 24-minute wait before the race restarted on lap two behind the safety car. There was drama before green flags waved, as in sector two there an incident involving Tecnicar Motorsport’s debutant Adam Al Azhari and Sainteloc’s Yevan David that ended their races.

The field was released on lap five, with 10 minutes-plus-one lap left on the race clock.

Nathan Tye overtook Campos team-mate Jan Przyrowski for ninth on the restart lap, then claimed eighth after Sainteloc’s Matteo Quintarelli ran wide at the final corner on lap seven and lost several places. However an incident then led to Tye stopping on track on the next lap.

Rivera and Egozi passed Peebles at turn four on lap eight, with Cota also getting past Peebles later in the lap and then attacking Egozi on lap nine as Colnaghi grew his lead to 1.6s up front.

The chequered flag waved at the end of lap 10, with Colnaghi claiming his second successive victory by 1.904s. Gladysz was right behind points leader Al Azhari at the finish.

Przyrowski came home eighth, with Cram Motorsport’s Adam Hideg and Rodin’s Thomas Strauven occupying the final two points positions. At the final corner of the race there was an incident involving Lucas Fluxa and MP team-mate Rene Lammers, while Monlau’s Lenny Ried broke his front wing.

Race results (14 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Mattia Colnaghi MP Motorsport
2 Keanu Al Azhari MP Motorsport +1.904s
3 Maciej Gladysz MP Motorsport +2.893s
4 Ernesto Rivera Campos Racing +4.922s
5 James Egozi Campos Racing +7.320s
6 Juan Cota Drivex School +7.916s
7 Griffin Peebles MP Motorsport +8.272s
8 Jan Przyrowski Campos Racing +8.667s
9 Adam Hideg Cram Motorsport +10.556s
10 Thomas Strauven Rodin Motorsport +11.702s
11 Andres Cardenas Campos Racing +12.081s
12 Gabriel Gomez TC Racing +12.342s
13 Francisco Macedo Drivex School +12.768s
14 Rene Lammers MP Motorsport +12.840s
15 Mikkel Pedersen Drivex School +13.341s
16 Matteo Quintarelli Sainteloc Racing +14.377s
17 Lia Block Global Racing Service +18.798s
18 Filippo Fiorentino Cram Motorsport +19.381s
19 Wiktor Dobrzanski Tecnicar Motorsport +20.521s
20 Rehan Hakim Monlau Motorsport +21.576s
21 Enzo Tarnvanichkul Campos Racing +21.739s
22 Lorenzo Castillo Tecnicar Motorsport +22.811s
23 Cristian Cantu TC Racing +23.599s
24 Lucas Fluxa MP Motorsport +25.928s
25 Peter Bouzinelos Rodin Motorsport +26.338s
26 Lenny Ried Monlau Motorsport +26.572s
27 Alexander Jacoby Global Racing Service +26.941s
Ret Matus Ryba Drivex School
Ret Nathan Tye Campos Racing
Ret Douwe Dedecker Global Racing Service
Ret Yevan David Sainteloc Racing
Ret Adam Al Azhari Tecnicar Motorsport
Ret Tim Gerhards Monlau Motorsport
Ret Preston Lambert Rodin Motorsport
Ret Maxi Restrepo Sainteloc Racing
Pole: Colnaghi, 2m05.449s   Fastest lap: Colnaghi, 2m07.084s

Championship standings
1 Al Azhari 117   2 Colnaghi 85   3 Fluxa 74   4 Strauven 71   5 Rivera 64   6 Egozi 56   7 Gladysz 55   8 Tye 42   9 Przyrowski 35   10 Peebles 29