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Filip Ugran claims first F4 win at Paul Ricard in Spanish series

by Elliot Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Jenzer Motorsport’s Filip Ugran took his first single-seater win in the first Spanish Formula 4 race at Paul Ricard.

The cameoing Romanian made a strong start from pole, with MP Motorsport pair Kas Haverkort and Mari Boya, and his own Jenzer team-mate Francesco Simonazzi following him off the line.

A battle between the top four didn’t immediately materialise, as MP’s Joshua Dufek stalled on the grid and was clouted heavily by his team-mate Enzo Joullie.

This required several laps behind held behind the safety car, with drivers having to go through pitlane as the accident was cleared, but once the race began the front four were consistently at each other.

Ugran didn’t have to do too much defending as Haverkort and Boya preoccupied themselves with fighting one another, and in the final laps he had better tyres to extend a lead of a few seconds to win.

Boya’s multiple attempts at his points-leading team-mate at both the Turn 8/9 chicane and high-speed Turn 11 right-hander came to nothing, meaning Haverkort extended his championship lead with a second place finish.

Simonazzi eventually faded and ended up having to defend from MP’s Oliver Goethe to secure fourth, while third Jenzer car of Jasin Ferati came out on top of a thrilling battle with Global Racing Service driver Lorenzo Fluxa for sixth.

SMP Racing protege Ivan Nosov finished eighth, and did have Spanish F4’s only Female Trophy entrant Lena Buhler behid him until her Drivex School team-mate Valdemar Eriksen flipped her over and into the barriers after making contact. She emerged uninjured, and the crash didn’t require a safety car intervention.

MOL Racing’s Javier Sagrera and Eriksen rounded out the points, although Eriksen is under investigation for the clash.

 

Race results (11 laps) 
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 28m05.647s
2 Kas Haverkort MP Motorsport +2.562s
3 Mari Boya MP Motorsport +4.372s
4 Francesco Simonazzi Jenzer Motorsport +5.403s
5 Oliver Goethe MP Motorsport +5.808s
6 Jasin Ferati Jenzer Motorsport +11.663s
7 Lorenzo Fluxa Global Racing Service +12.362s
8 Ivan Nosov Drivex School +12.736s
9 Javier Sagrera MOL Racing +16.851s
10 Valdemar Eriksen Drivex School +17.054s
11 Quique Bordas Praga F4 +17.623s
12 Suleiman Zanfari Global Racing Service +17.724s
13 Augustin Collinot Drivex School +18.825s
14 Paul-Adrien Pallot Drivex School +19.129s
15 Alex Garcia Global Racing Service +20.703s
16 Mehrbod Shameli Xcel Motorsport +21.147s
17 Carles Martinez Praga F4 +21.339s
18 Eloy Sebastian Lopez Global Racing Service +1 lap
Ret Lena Buhler Drivex School
Ret Enzo Joullie MP Motorsport
Ret Joshua Dufek MP Motorsport
Fastest lap: Ugran, 2m05.781s

Championship standings
1 Haverkort 83   2 Goethe 55   3 Boya 45   4 Fluxa 36   5 Ugran 25   6 Eriksen 21   7 Collinot 20   8 Dufek 17   9 Simonazzi 12   10 Ferati 8