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Giuliano Alesi returns to the top step in French F4 race one at Navarra

by Peter Allen
Giuliano Alesi

Photo: KSP – Jean Claude Constans

Giuliano Alesi picked up his first French F4 victory since his debut weekend in April in the opening race of the weekend at Navarra in Spain.

Starting from second on the grid, the son of Jean Alesi took first place away from points leader Valentin Moineault at the inside of Turn 1, with Julien Andlauer also following him past.

Andlauer’s race ended when he slowed on lap four, giving Alesi some breathing space.

The 16-year-old led Moineault by 1.3 seconds at the chequered flag. Gabriel Aubry finished close behind Moineault in third.

Kami Laliberte finished in fourth place, while fifth for much of the distance was Nerses Isaakyan after a superb opening lap from 10th on the grid, but the Russian spun on lap eight.

Moineault’s nearest title rival Sacha Fenestraz therefore took fifth ahead of Julien Darras and Reuben Kressner.

There was another spinner on the final lap with Simo Laaksonen falling from eighth to 11th, behind Isaakyan, Yifei Ye and Louis Gachot.

Race results
Pos Driver Gap
1 Giuliano Alesi 11 laps
2 Valentin Moineault +1.338
3 Gabriel Aubry +2.072
4 Kami Laliberte +4.098
5 Sacha Fenestraz +6.611
6 Julien Darras +10.496
7 Reuben Kressner +16.517
8 Nerses Isaakyan +18.104
9 Yifei Ye +19.129
10 Louis Gachot +19.676
11 Simo Laaksonen +25.739
12 Jose Sierra +27.089
13 Hugo Sugnot-Darniche +32.143
14 Axel Matus +5 laps
15 Julien Andlauer +7 laps