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Dominant Tsolov leaps clear in Spanish F4’s second Valencia race

by Ida Wood

Photo: Spanish F4

Campos Racing’s Nikola Tsolov took another dominant Spanish Formula 4 win in the 18-minute race at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit.

The Bulgarian started on pole and was simply untouchable throughout the race, being the only driver to lap sub-1m35s and doing so multiple times to pull away by four tenths of a second per lap or more.

He eventually finished 7.938 seconds clear of Drivex School’s Gael Julien, who had Campos duo Manuel Espirito Santo and Filip Jenic hounding him through the final few laps.

They never got close enough to think about overtaking though, nor did MP Motorsports’ Kirill Smal and Suleiman Zanfari in fifth and sixth. There was however a big battle for seventh, as Campos team-mates Georg Kelstrup and Hugh Barter squabbled – after having an incident together at the start of the previous day’s race – and frequently ran each other off track as they attempted overtakes. Barter prevailed in the end, with Kelstrup scoring the final point in eighth.

Formula de Campeones’ Max Mayer was second in the rookie classification and ninth overall, where he started after serving a grid penalty, and Monlau Motorsport’s Robert de Haan completed the top 10.

There were eight drivers penalised for track limits violations, but it didn’t impact the order above Teo Martin Motorsport’s Daniel Macia who was dropped from 18th to 21st.

Ahead of him was MP’s Timoteusz Kucharcyzk, who stalled at the start and had to go on a recovery drive to finish 14th, while behind was spinner Ricardo Escotto and pitlane starter Ricardo Gracia. Miron Pingasov was the only non-finisher after being wheeled into his garage with what appeared to be a car issue.

Race result (13 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Nikola Tsolov Campos Racing 20m38.495s
2 Gael Julien Drivex School +7.938s
3 Manuel Espirito Santo Campos +8.617s
4 Filip Jenic Campos Racing +9.042s
5 Kirill Smal MP Motorsports +10.026s
6 Suleiman Zanfari MP Motorsports +12.332s
7 Hugh Barter Campos Racing +12.914s
8 Georg Kelstrup Campos Racing +13.910s
9 Max Mayer Formula de Campeones +15.253s
10 Robert de Haan Monlau Motorsport +17.892s
11 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak MP Motorsport +18.606s
12 Bruno del Pino Drivex School +19.988s
13 Valerio Rinicella MP Motorsport +23.018s
14 Timoteusz Kucharczyk MP Motorsport +23.272s
15 Christian Ho MP Motorsport +23.279s
16 Alvaro Garcia Formula de Campeones +25.566s
17 Jef Machiels Monlau Motorsport +27.025s
18 Max Arkhangelskiy Drivex School +30.223s
19 Lola Lovinfosse Teo Martin Motorsport +30.760s
20 Anshul Gandhi Cram Motorsport +31.670s
21 Daniel Macia Teo Martin Motorsport +32.098s
22 Vladislav Ryabov GRS +33.673s
23 Daniel Nogales Teo Martin Motorsport +36.014s
24 Ricardo Gracia GRS +36.803s
25 Ricardo Escotto Cram Motorsport +40.737s
26 Sebastian Gravlund MP Motorsports +41.396s
Ret Miron Pingasov MP Motorsports
Fastest lap: Tsolov, 1m34.416s

Championship standings
1 Tsolov 138   2 Kucharczyk 94   3 Barter 67   4 Inthraphuvasak 56   5 Jenic 54   6 Zanfari 52   7 Kelstrup 45   8 Julien 38   9 Smal 34   10 Rinicella 30