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Fluxa fastest in Spanish F4 testing at Algarve as calendar gets updated

by Ida Wood

Photo: Gedlich Racing/Daniel Burgin

Preparations for the 2024 Spanish Formula 4 season moved to Portugal this week as teams tested at Algarve.

The Portuguese track hosts round two of the season on June 7-9, with racing get underway a month earlier. Navarra was due to host the season opener on May 10-12, but on March 22 it was announced that the championship will instead be visiting Jarama on that date.

Rounds three and four take place at Paul Ricard and Motorland Aragon in July, and initially there was a month-long gap before round five at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit. But on January 16 the calendar was updated, with the trip to Valencia being postponed by two weeks to September 13-15, and with the following round at Jerez being postponed by one week to October 4-6. Barcelona hosts the season finale on November 8-10.

The Algarve test took place over two days, and on Wednesday the pace was set by MP Motorsport’s Griffin Peebles. His fastest lap, a 1m45.013s, put him on top by just 0.089 seconds over Drivex School’s Juan Cota and by 0.095s over Rodin Motorsport’s Thomas Strauven.

Both Campos Racing’s Jan Przyrowski and MP’s Lucas Fluxa set 1m45.148s laps to be joint fourth fastest, and Campos’s Andres Cardenas completed a top six covered by 0.217s. There were 35 cars on track, with 24 drivers lapping within a second of the pace, and slowest of all was Global Racing Service’s new signing Alexander Jacoby.

He joined Fernando Alonso’s A14 Management stable a week ago, and the 14-year-old will not make his Spanish F4 debut until round two when he turns 15. Last year he came 61st in SuperKarts USA’s Pro Tour then 10th in its SuperNationals event for X30 Junior karts.

Thursday was split into two test sessions, and Fluxa topped the first with a 1m44.576s. He was fastest by a tiny 0.004s over Peebles, with Keanu Al Azhari (MP), Mattia Colnaghi (MP), Strauven and Cardenas all within 0.2s of the lowered pace. There were 12 drivers who beat the benchmark from Wednesday, and 0.925s covered the top 23.

Campos’s Enzo Tarnvanichkul and Tecnicar Motorsport’s Lorenzo Castillo were the only drivers not to improve on their previous pace.

The afternoon session was topped by Campos’s Nathan Tye, a 1m44.776s putting him 0.141s ahead of team-mate Jan Przyrowski and 0.184s up on Strauven. There were 20 drivers within a second of Tye’s pace, and he was one of only four drivers to set personal bests. The others were Sainteloc Racing’s Yevan David, Tecnicar’s Sacha van’t Pad Bosch and GRS’s underage tester Niccolo Maccagani.

Drivex’s Matus Ryba was absent from both Thursday sessions.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lucas Fluxa MP Motorsport 1m44.576s 136
2 Griffin Peebles MP Motorsport 1m44.580s +0.004s 131
3 Keanu Al Azhari MP Motorsport 1m44.677s +0.101s 131
4 Mattia Colnaghi MP Motorsport 1m44.741s +0.165s 140
5 Thomas Strauven Rodin Motorsport 1m44.744s +0.168s 146
6 Andres Cardenas Campos Racing 1m44.760s +0.184s 142
7 Nathan Tye Campos Racing 1m44.776s +0.200s 146
8 Jan Przyrowski Campos Racing 1m44.845s +0.269s 149
9 Rene Lammers MP Motorsport 1m44.868s +0.292s 143
10 Maciej Gladysz MP Motorsport 1m44.878s +0.302s 144
11 James Egozi Campos Racing 1m44.888s +0.312s 144
12 Juan Cota Drivex School 1m44.985s +0.409s 128
13 Ernesto Rivera Campos Racing 1m45.068s +0.492s 140
14 Matteo Quintarelli Sainteloc Racing 1m45.162s +0.586s 132
15 Douwe Dedecker GRS 1m45.236s +0.660s 125
16 Preston Lambert Rodin Motorsport 1m45.287s +0.711s 136
17 Francisco Macedo Drivex School 1m45.308s +0.732s 143
18 Peter Bouzinelos Rodin Motorsport 1m45.312s +0.736s 138
19 Gabriel Gomez TC Racing 1m45.399s +0.823s 155
20 Enzo Tarnvanichkul Campos Racing 1m45.406s +0.830s 145
21 Mikkel Pedersen Drivex School 1m45.407s +0.831s 134
22 Yevan David Sainteloc Racing 1m45.424s +0.848s 128
23 Adam Al Azhari Tecnicar Motorsport 1m45.501s +0.925s 136
24 Tim Gerhards Monlau Motorsport 1m45.578s +1.002s 150
25 Wiktor Dobrzanski Tecnicar Motorsport 1m45.635s +1.059s 117
26 Marti Drivex School 1m45.667s +1.091s 152
27 Cristian Cantu TC Racing 1m45.677s +1.101s 156
28 Maxi Restrepo Sainteloc Racing 1m45.744s +1.168s 128
29 Rehan Hakim Monlau Motorsport 1m45.769s +1.193s 159
30 Sacha van’t Pad Bosch Tecnicar Motorsport 1m45.872s +1.296s 147
31 Alexander Jacoby GRS 1m46.011s +1.435s 111
32 Lenny Ried Monlau Motorsport 1m46.053s +1.477s 144
33 Niccolo Maccagani GRS 1m46.131s +1.555s 137
34 Lorenzo Castillo Tecnicar Motorsport 1m46.150s +1.574s 132
35 Matus Ryba Drivex School 1m46.216s +1.640s 66