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F4 round-up: Hansen wins Danish title, Belov impresses in Finland, Cordeel leads in Spain

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Formula 4 Renault Denmark

Casper Tobias Hansen won the Danish Formula 4 title at Ring Djursland with a round to spare, taking his ninth and 10th wins in the process.

The Team FSP driver started the weekend with fourth place in qualifying, behind Formula 5 driver Martin Harritz, 14-year-old Malthe Jakobsen and Casper Pilgaard. Hansen and Jakobsen’s team-mate Aske Nygaard Bramming was unable to take part due to a scary high-speed crash in which his brakes failed and he was pitched into a roll. The car was repaired in time for the first race.

Jakobsen made a poor start to the race, with Pilgaard moving into the lead. Hansen hounded him, and it took an exemplary pass for him to eventually take the lead. Once ahead they stayed close, with them eventually crossing the line 1.4 seconds apart.

Third place for Jakobsen matched his best finish of the season, ahead of Valdemar Eriksen and Jonas Lindhard Nielsen. Bramming did well in his rebuilt car to finish sixth, unshaken from his earlier crash.

The race was most noticeable for the actions of APEX Racing’s Mikkel Grundtvig.?He had to start from the back, and was then handed a penalty which he served too late, receiving a black flag that he then ignored for four laps. He was disqualified from the race and excluded from the rest of the meeting as a result.

Mads Hoe won the F5 classification in seventh, and took overall victory in the second race with Harritz just behind. Pilgaard finished third, ahead of Eriksen, Bramming and Hansen.

Hansen secured the title with victory in the final race, with Pilgaard and Hoe once again appearing on the podium. Fourth place for Jakobsen also secured him the F4 rookie crown.

F4 North European Zone and Formula Academy Finland combined once again at Alastaro, where Konsta Lappalainen was the top scorer. He was no faster than Michael Belov though, who ran him extremely close in the constantly changing conditions for the first race victory.

Similar challenges in the second race went Belov’s way, taking victory by 7.592s. Isac Blomqvist took his first podium since Moscow in third, with Jesse Salmenautio and Ivan Shvetsov completing the top five.

Lappalainen struck back in the third race, this time by an even closer margin of 0.272s. With the heavier weighting of points on the first and third races, Lappalainen extended his NEZ lead, but with only the first two races counting towards the Finnish standings, and for the same amount of points, it meant Belov moved past Salmenautio into the championship lead.

An awful weekend for Nazim Azman and a great one for MP Motosport team-mate Amaury Cordeel meant the Spanish F4 lead changed hands once again at Jerez.

Javier Gonzalez closed to within a point of Azman in the sole race at Barcelona two weeks ago, but numerous problems and a lack of pace meant he wasn’t a factor at Jerez. Guillem Pujeu dominated the first race for FA Racing, with poleman Cordeel coming home in second.

The positions were reversed for the next two races, with Gonzalez failing to make it into the top five and Azman only doing so in the final race. Patrick Schott and Killian Meyer completed the podium in races two and three.

The points swing as a result of the weekend means Cordeel now leads Pujeu by 16 points, with Azman and Gonzalez still a point apart in third and fourth.

 

Results round-up [pole in bold, fastest lap in italics]
Denmark
Race 1 (19 laps) Race 2 (19 laps) Race 3 (19 laps)
1 Casper T. Hansen 16m12.196s
2 Casper Pilgaard +1.422s
3 Malthe Jakobsen +4.291s
4 Valdemar Eriksen +5.778s
5 Jonas Lindhard Nielsen +10.951s
1 Mads Hoe 16m18.362s
2 Martin Harritz +0.950s
3 Pilgaard +2.187s
4 Eriksen +2.381s
5 Aske Nygaard Bramming +5.083s
1 Hansen 16m09.154s
2 Pilgaard +3.673s
3 Hoe +9.928s
4 Jakobsen +11.968s
5 Harritz +14.098s
F4 Standings?1 Hansen 386? ?2 Pilgaard 288? ?3 Bramming 247? ?4 Nielsen 231? ?5 Eriksen 230
North European Zone/Finland NEZ
Race 1 (22 laps) Race 2 (15 laps) Race 3 (23 laps)
1 Konsta Lappalainen 26m26.118s
2 Michael Belov +0.395s
3 Ivan Berets +11.428s
4 Ivan Shvetsov +13.301s
5 Pavel Bulantsev +13.785s
1 Belov 19m35.247s
2 Lappalainen +7.592s
3 Isac Blomqvist +10.632s
4 Jesse Salmenautio +13.439s
5 Shvetsov +21.599s
1 Lappalainen 27m08.423s
2 Belov +0.272s
3 Berets +3.649s
4 Salmenautio +4.075s
5 Shvetsov +9.986s
NEZ standings 1 Lappalainen 286? ?2 Belov 242? ?3 Blomqvist 176? ?4 Salmenautio 168? ?5 Berets 154
Finland standings?
1 Belov 164? ?2 Salmenautio 149? ?3 Haapalainen 137? ?4 Lappalainen 123? ?5 Berets 104
Spain
Race 1 (16 laps) Race 2 (12 laps) Race 3 (15 laps)
1 Guillem Pujeu 28m27.220s
2 Amaury Cordeel +7.548s
3 Kilian Meyer +9.940s
4 Javier Gonzalez +10.411s
5?Patrick Schott +14.895s
1 Cordeel 21m30.953s
2 Pujeu +1.587s
3 Schott +6.455s
4 Meyer +8.29s
5 Benjamin Goethe +9.922s
1 Cordeel 26m47.340s
2 Pujeu +3.863s
3 Meyer +13.403s
4 Villanueva +17.459s
5 Nazim Azman +17.773s
Standings?1 Cordeel 176? ?2 Pujeu 160? ?3 Azman 152? ?4 Gonzalez 151? ?5 Schott 96