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F4 round-up: Colapinto races to Spanish success, Jakobsen wins in Denmark, Vartanyan makes Russian return

by Ida Wood

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency

Franco Colapinto stormed back into the Spanish Formula 4 lead with three wins at Ricardo Tormo.

The Fernando Alonso protege took pole for the weekend opener, but missed the stating lights entirely and fell to fourth. He had already reclaimed third from Tijmen van der Helm on the first lap, and on lap five of 17 went down the inside of Carles Martinez for second place.

Killian Meyer was leading at this point, but his 2.2 second advantage was quickly eradicated. It took 10 laps before Colapinto made his move though, using Turn 1 again and benefitting from Meyer going wide. He pushed from there to take a 2.860s victory, with Praga F4 team-mates Meyer and Martinez completing the podium.

MP Motorsport finished fourth, fifth and sixth with van der Helm, Glenn van Berlo and Nicolas Baert.

Colapinto wasted pole again in race two, but the retirement on lap 3 of leader van Berlo meant Colapinto had an easy run to the flag ahead of Meyer again. Van der Helm took third with a last lap move on Martinez, while Shihab Al Habsi followed his pointless race one with sixth.

Van Berlo started race three from pole, but it was Colapinto who led into the first corner. They maintained those positions, while Rashed Ghanem and Al Habsi lost third and fourth to drive-through penalties for jumped starts.

Meyer inherited third after overtaking Axel Gnos, who then span down to 12th. Al Habsi was even lower down the order, and then caused a late safety car with his own spin.

Jonas Lindhard Nielsen moved into the Danish F4 lead at Ring Djursland thanks to Mikkel Grundtvig being absent, but it was Malthe Jakobsen who made the biggest impact with two wins.

Jakobsen and Nielsen fought hard for race one victory, with Jakobsen taking pole and Nielsen fastest lap. Largim Ali upstaged them with race two victory, but they were back up front in the final race which Jakobsen dominated.

Lucas Daugaard locked out the F4 Light class with three fifth places.

The relaunched F4 SMP continued at Smolensk Ring, where Pavel Bulantsev reclaimed the points lead after two close battles with former Formula Renault Eurocup racer Alexander Vartanyan. Bulantsev prevailed in the first encounter by less than a second, with Vartanyan striking back with a similar margin in race two.

Third place in race two, 42.563s off victory, leaves pre-event leader Alexey Nesov 10 points behind Bulantsev in the standings.



Results round-up [pole in bold, fastest lap in italics]

Race 1 (17 laps) Race 2 (13 laps) Race 3 (16 laps)
1 Franco Colapinto 26m47.814s
2 Killian Meyer +2.860s
3 Carles Martinez +3.265s
4 Tijmen van der Helm +9.179s
5 Glenn van Berlo +9.543s
1 Colapinto 20m30.582s
2 Meyer +3.778s
3 van der Helm +7.092s
4 Martinez +7.207s
5 Nicolas Baert +7.828s
1 Colapinto 27m54.248s
2 van Berlo +1.145s
3 Meyer +1.382s
4 van der Helm +3.310s
5 Baert +4.670s
Standings?1 Colapinto 155? ?2 Meyer 142? ?3 Al Habsi 89? ?4 van Berlo 87? ?5 van der Helm 77
Race 1 (19 laps) Race 2 (19 laps) Race 3 (19 laps)
1 Malthe Jakobsen 16m12.207s
2 Jonas Lindhard Nielsen +1.324s
3 Mads Hoe +11.575s
4 Largim Ali +16.845s
5 Lucas Daugaard +31.583s
1 Ali 16m16.512s
2 Hoe +3.586s
3 Nielsen +4.446s
4 Jakobsen +4.808s
5 Daugaard +5.785s
1 Jakobsen 16m11.215s
2 Nielsen +8.511s
3 Ali +10.094s
4 Hoe +17.406s
5 Daugaard +17.747s
Standings?1 Nielsen 146? ?2 Hoe 130? ?3 Jakobsen 120? ?4 Mikkel Grundtvig 99? ?5 Ali 98
Race 1 (15 laps) Race 2 (18 laps)
1 Pavel Bulantsev 21m41.982s
2 Alexander Vartanyan +0.926s
3 Alexander Vilaev +13.639s
4 Nikita Alexandrov +16.426s
5 Ivan Matveev +24.288s
1 Vartanyan 33m34.525s
2 Bulantsev +0.911s
3 Alexey Nesov +42.563s
4 Alexandrov +42.987s
5 Matveev +1m04.177s
Standings?1 Bulantsev 93? ?2 Nesov 83? ?3 Alexandrov 66? ?4 Vilaev 62? ?5 Artem Lobanenko 54