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Giltaire fastest in practice for French F4’s Nogaro season opener

by Roger Gascoigne

Evan Giltaire topped the times in free practice for the opening round of the French Formula 4 championship at Nogaro.

The French karting sensation finished the 30-minute session 0.12 seconds ahead of Enzo Peugeot, a returning double race-winner from 2022, with Pol Lopez a further 0.22s back in third.

Giltaire and Peugeot dominated the session, trading times at the top of the timesheet throughout. Giltaire was the first driver to break the 1m30s mark on his fifth lap, before Peugeot moved to the front on the next tour.

Peugeot was flying in the middle of the session and improving on each of his subsequent two laps to lower the benchmark to 1m29.330s.

Giltaire responded on the tenth lap, setting a best time in the first sector on the way to a 1m29.206s laptimes.

Ultimately, these laps would remain as the fastest as the session was interrupted by a red flag with just over 13 minutes remaining when American Garrett Berry, who had been one of the early pacesetters and was lying in fifth position, went off into the gravel at Turn 4.

Although practice resumed with 10 minutes on the clock there were no further improvements,  with Giltaire unable to better his own benchmark on his final lap despite setting a the fastest sector two split of anyone.

Adrien Closmenil was fourth fastest after putting in a couple of quick laps in the middle of practice to move into second at the time, with Berry in fifth.

Enzo Richer was sixth, having remained in the pits after the stoppage, with Kevin Foster, fastest in Friday’s private practice sessions, in seventh.

Series sophomores Edgar Pierre and Max Reis had to settle for 17th and 22nd place respectively, with Reis making four pit stops in total and going 1.8s slower than Giltaire.

Pierre, together with Yani Stevenheydens and Closmeni, all had moments at Turn 7 but were able to rejoin, while track limits at Turn 9 caught out Giltaire, Foster, Leonardo Megna and Stevenheydens.

One driver who was missing from the official practice session, having set the 15th-fastest time in Friday’s test day, was 14-year-old Arthur Dorison, reigning French junior karting champion, who will be ineligible to join the series officially until his 15th birthday.

Free practice results

Pos Driver Time Gap
1 Evan Giltaire 1m29.206s
2 Enzo Peugeot 1m29.330s +0.124s
3 Pol Lopez 1m29.553s +0.347s
4 Adrien Closmenil 1m29.698s +0.492s
5 Garrett Berry 1m29.946s +0.740s
6 Enzo Richer 1m29.961s +0.755s
7 Kevin Foster 1m30.018s +0.812s
8 Tom Kalender 1m30.315s +0.929s
9 Edouard Borgna 1m30.314s +1.098s
10 Paul Alberto 1m30.361s +1.155s
11 Romain Andriolo 1m30.433s +1.227s
12 Yani Stevenheydens 1m30.437s +1.231s
13 Gabriel Doyle-Parfait 1m30.488s +1.282s
14 Finn Wiebelhaus 1m30.511s +1.305s
15 Leonardo Megna 1m30.514s +1.308s
16 Andrei Duna 1m30.581s +1.375s
17 Edgar Pierre 1m30.639s +1.433s
18 Yaroslav Veselaho 1m30.656s +1.450s
19 Hiyu Yamakoshi 1m30.785s +1.579s
20 Karel Schulz 1m30.799s +1.593s
21 Luca Savu 1m30.845s +1.639s
22 Max Reis 1m30.998s +1.792s
23 Frank Porte Ruiz 1m31.198s +1.992s
24 Jason Leung 1m31.270s +2.064s
25 Louis Schlesser 1m31.364s +2.158s
26  Joao Paulo Diaz Balesteiro 1m31.710s +2.504s