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Hadrien David takes Pau win in the wet, extends French F4 lead

by Ida Wood

Photo: Elliot Wood

Hadrien David extended his French Formula 4 championship lead with a dominant win around the wet Pau street circuit.

Both David and Reshad de Gerus moved past poleman Stuart White on the first lap, and immediately pulled away.

Evan Spenle was initially behind them, before driving into the barriers at Turn 2 on the second lap. A safety car wasn’t required to recover his car, nor Junior standings leader Isack Hadjar who crashed on the warm-up lap, and David was able to extend his advantage uninterrupted.

He ended the race 5.571 seconds clear of de Gerus, who took fastest lap away from the winner on the penultimate lap.

White finished a distant third, which was somewhat surprisingly was only his second podium of the season, ahead of race two winner Enzo Valente.

The most exciting battle of the race was for fifth, with Sten van der Henst putting in a race-long defence against Volant Winfield winner Jules Metettal.

Every time the pair came to Turn 2, Metettal looked for a move, and some questionable switching of lines meant van der Henst had the upper hand in other areas of the lap.

At one point Metettal even looked to overtake around the outside of the long 180? Turn 6 right-hander, but was unable to force a move and had to settle for sixth, even when van der Henst weaved down the pit straight on the final lap.

David now has a nine-point lead in the standings over de Gerus, while Hadjar’s warm-up lap error means his Junior standings lead has been cut to nine points over Victor Bernier.


Race results (14 laps)
Pos Driver Time
1 Hadrien David 21m43.958s
2 Reshad de Gerus +5.571s
3 Stuart White +10.438s
4 Enzo Valente +12.791s
5 Sten van der Henst +33.593s
6 Jules Metettal +34.048s
7 Gillian Henrion +35.871s
8 Victor Bernier +36.708s
9 Ugo Gazil +37.484s
10 Valdemark Eriksen +41.018s
11 Simon Ohlin +44.169s
12 Mathis Poulet +51.823s
13 Paul-Adrien Pallot +57.128s
14 Pierre-Francois Duriani +1m01.908s
15 Bryson Lew +1m05.086s
Ret Evan Spenle
DNS Isack Hadjar
Fastest lap: de Gerus, 1m31.360s

Championship standings
?David 101? ?2?de Gerus 92? ?3?Valente 71? ?4 White 54? ?5?Henrion 50? ?6?Nicky Hays 33? ?7?Gazil 25? ?8?Eriksen 20? ?9?Metettal 19? ?10?Poulet 18

Junior standings? ?1?Hadjar 92? ?2?Bernier 83? ?3?Pallot 61