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Giltaire wins in French F4 at Magny-Cours as Balesteiro has big crash

by Ida Wood

Photo: KSP Reportages

Evan Giltaire won from pole position in the opening French Formula 4 race at Magny-Cours, although he did not lead throughout.

After the start was delayed by 17 minutes with what appeared to be an issue with the starting lights hanging over the pit straight, Giltaire was beaten to turn one by rival Enzo Peugeot.

At the turn five hairpin he went very deep and almost hit Peugeot, and lost two more places to Romain Andriolo and Pol Lopez as he exited the corner. He reclaimed third from Lopez before the end of the lap, as the top two broke away.

Giltaire managed to track them down within a lap, passing Andriolo at the turn five hairpin. Andriolo then almost went off at turn 12, but did not come under pressure from Lopez as the safety car was called out at the end of the lap.

Joao Paulo Diaz Balesteiro had ridden over the back of Luca Savu’s car, breaking Savu’s rear wing and sending Balesteiro flying backwards across a gravel trap at speed and then into the barriers. Both drivers emerged from their cars unscathed.

Max Reis also retired after heading to the pitlane at the end of lap four, meaning there was a bunch consisting of 23 cars when racing resumed on lap eight and with five minutes left on the race clock.

Giltaire sat in Peugeot’s slipstream and thought of going for the lead at several corners but could not find space to safely make a move. His opportunity came at turn five on the next lap, making a late decision to go for the inside and passing Peugeot who was also run off the track slightly at the exit of the hairpin.

Peugeot pressured Giltaire in return at several corners before Andriolo made a diving move at turn 14 to snatch second place. Andriolo kept Peugeot at bay through the final two laps, despite several lock-ups, and it allowed Giltaire to pull away and win by 3.079 seconds.

Lopez and Hiyu Yamakoshi were right behind Andriolo and Peugeot in the last laps but were not close enough to make any moves, while Kevin Foster was not too far behind in sixth. He now sits 29 points behind points leader Giltaire in the title battle.

Race result (11 laps)
Pos Driver Time
1 Evan Giltaire 21m59.414s
2 Romain Andriolo +3.079s
3 Enzo Peugeot +3.285s
4 Pol Lopez +3.680s
5 Hiyu Yamkoshi +3.932s
6 Kevin Foster +4.487s
7 Leonardo Megna +5.907s
8 Garrett Berry +6.513s
9 Enzo Richer +8.419s
10 Pierre Edgar +8.743s
11 Adrien Closmenil +9.051s
12 Adrien Paul Alberto +10.482s
13 Finn Wiebelhaus +10.883s
14 Louis Schlesser +11.447s
15 Gabriel Doyle-Parfait +13.745s
16 Yaroslav Veselaho +14.022s
17 Edouard Borgna +15.141s
18 Yani Stevenheydens +15.582s
19 Tom Kalender +17.943s
20 Karel Schulz +20.727s
21 Andrei Duna +22.124s
22 Frank Porte Ruiz +22.600s
23 Jason Leung +46.054s
Ret Max Reis
Ret Joao Paulo Diaz Balesteiro
Ret Luca Savu
Fastest lap: Giltaire, 1m40.979s

Championship standings
1 Giltaire 82   2 Foster 53   3 Peugeot 52   4 Andriolo 47   5 Lopez 42   6 Richer 26   7 Yamakoshi 26   8 Stevenheydens 11   9 Savu 8   10 Berry 8